Lauren Helen Leyden

Lauren Helen Leyden

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Special Report: The NLRB’s Complaint Against Bridgewater and What It Means for Investment Managers

Key Points - - The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against Bridgewater Associates, challenging contractual provisions of a type that are commonplace at hedge funds and private equity firms. ...more

8/23/2016 - Confidential Information Contract Terms Employer Liability Issues Employment Contract Hedge Funds Investment Management NLRB Section 7 Sexual Harassment

The New York Attorney General’s Crackdown on Non-Compete Agreements: What It Means for Investment Managers

Key Points - - To the surprise of many, the New York Attorney General (NYAG) has become active in challenging non-compete agreements entered into between companies and their employees. - The NYAG’s...more

7/29/2016 - Anticompetitive Agreements Franchisee Jimmy John's Law360 Non-Compete Agreements Unconscionable Contracts

New Employment Laws Further Increase Burdens On New York Companies

If you read one thing... - New Paid Family Leave Law will impact all New York companies - New rules regarding NYC’s Earned Sick Time Act require changes to companies’ approach to employee sick time...more

4/25/2016 - Earned Sick Time New Regulations Paid Leave Recordkeeping Requirements

“California East”: New Employment Laws Further Increase Burdens On New York Firms

Over the past few months, New York lawmakers have accelerated their recent trend of making New York one of the most employee-friendly (and employer-unfriendly) states in the nation. Falling on the heels of other recent state...more

4/20/2016 - Earned Sick Time Governor Cuomo Paid Family Leave Law Wage and Hour

Effectively Managing Workforce Contraction in Turbulent Times - Part 2

The dramatic drop in the price of oil is forcing many energy-related companies to reevaluate their operations and consider steps to trim their costs. With recent developments in the industry and predictions that low oil...more

3/2/2016 - Hiring & Firing Involuntary Reduction in Force Oil & Gas Oil Prices Risk Management

EEOC to Collect Pay Data from Large Firms - Hedge Up - A Heads-Up on Employment Issues Confronting the Hedge Fund Industry

If you read one thing... - The EEOC has announced plans to collect employee compensation information from firms with 100 or more employees. - The EEOC’s announcement is just the latest regulatory...more

2/9/2016 - EEO-1 EEOC Pay Transparency Reporting Requirements

New Women’s Equality Act Legislation Raises Bar for New York Firms

Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law eight (8) bills forming the bulk of the Women’s Equality Act, originally introduced in the New York State Legislature in 2012. The legislation amends the New York Labor Law and the...more

10/27/2015 - Amended Legislation Attorney's Fees Best Management Practices Discrimination Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Equal Pay Act Human Rights Code Labor Code New Legislation Pregnancy Discrimination Wages Women's Equality Act

Two New NYC Statutes Constrain Hiring Process - Hedge Up - A Heads-Up on Employment Issues Confronting the Hedge Fund Industry

If you read one thing... - Two new employment statutes place additional burden on New York City firms during prospective employee screening and provide fodder for the plaintiffs’ bar - Credit history and...more

9/17/2015 - Background Checks Credit Checks Credit Reports Criminal Background Checks Employee Credit Checks Employer Liability Issues Exemptions Fair Chance Act FCRA Hiring & Firing Job Applicants NYCHRL Screening Procedures

Best Practices in Social Media for Employers Part 4 – Social Media: Post-Employment Considerations

After the employment relationship is terminated, employers should be aware of former employees’ social media activity to ensure continued compliance with any post-employment obligations, including nondisclosure of proprietary...more

4/28/2015 - Best Management Practices Confidential Information Employment Policies Former Employee Hiring & Firing Non-Disclosure Agreement Popular Social Media Social Media Policy

Best Practices in Social Media for Employers Part 3 – Disciplining Employees for Conduct on Social Media

As discussed previously (see Best Practices in Social Media for Employers Part 2), adopting a National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)-compliant social media policy is the first step in ensuring that the policy can be enforced. ...more

3/31/2015 - Best Management Practices Discipline Employer Liability Issues NLRA Protected Concerted Activity Social Media Social Media Policy

Best Practices in Social Media for Employers Part 2 – Monitoring Employees’ Social Media Use

In addition to the risks associated with employers’ use of social media as related to the recruiting and the hiring process, employers should also be aware of potential pitfalls associated with restricting or monitoring...more

3/6/2015 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies NLRA NLRB Social Media Social Networks

Best Practices in Social Media for Employers

As the use and reach of social media continues to increase and evolve, employers should be aware of the latest risks and issues to consider during the recruiting and hiring process. The results of an August 2014...more

2/23/2015 - Background Checks FCRA Hiring & Firing Popular Social Media

Effectively Managing Workforce Contraction in Turbulent Times

The dramatic drop in the price of oil is forcing many energy-related companies to reevaluate their operations and consider steps to trim their costs. With predictions that low oil prices will extend well into 2016, such...more

1/16/2015 - Best Management Practices Employer Liability Issues Energy Sector Hiring & Firing Involuntary Reduction in Force

Court Upholds Claim Against Private Equity Firm for Federal Labor Law Violation Stemming from Closure of Portfolio Company

A decision last month by the district court for the Northern District of Indiana is the latest in a string of recent judicial decisions to confirm that a plaintiff has successfully stated a plausible claim for relief under...more

10/30/2013 - DOL Layoffs Private Equity WARN Act

New York City Earned Sick Time Act

Most New York City-based companies soon will have a new legal obligation to their employees – the provision of mandatory paid sick leave....more

7/1/2013 - Local Ordinance Medical Leave Municipalities New Legislation Paid Leave

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