Paul Cowie

Paul Cowie

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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[Event] Labor & Employment Law Update & Happy Hour - Oct. 7, Palo Alto, CA

Please join us for Sheppard Mullin's bi-annual Labor & Employment Law Update & Happy Hour. There have been significant developments in California labor and employment law this year. We will explain how these new developments...more

9/25/2015 - Employer Liability Issues Employment Contract Events Hiring & Firing Independent Contractors Joint Employers Misclassification Non-Solicitation Agreements Reimbursements Religious Accommodation Same-Sex Marriage Sick Leave Title VII Unpaid Interns

[Event] Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - June 3, Palo Alto, CA

Please join us for Sheppard Mullin's annual “Breakfast with Your Labor Lawyer." 2015 presents significant developments in California labor and employment laws. We will explain how these new developments will affect day-to-day...more

5/19/2015 - Continuing Legal Education Discrimination Email Employer Liability Issues Events Harassment Minimum Wage NLRB PAGA Paid Leave Paid Sick Leave Act Rest and Meal Break Retail Workers Bill of Rights Retailers Retaliation Sick Leave

“Unlimited” Time Off Policies – Fad or Fun?

Over the past several years the concept of “unlimited” vacation policies have sprung up around the philosophy that it allows companies to treat its employees with respect and empower them to make their own decisions regarding...more

3/18/2015 - Earned Sick Time Paid Leave Paid Sick Leave Act PTO Sick Leave Tech Industry

Social Media: Protecting Trade Secrets and Proprietary Information

The ability of employees to steal trade secrets, reveal customer lists, and expose proprietary business information with the press of a button is frightening. In over 85 percent of trade-secret cases, the alleged...more

1/22/2014 - Bring Your Own Device Confidential Information Social Media Trade Secrets

Cyberattacks a mounting challenge for employers

In a recent panel discussion, one of the speakers was a so-called "ethical hacker" - a hacker-turned-protector of employers' confidential information. As someone at the forefront of cyberattacks, the ethical hacker's opinion...more

4/10/2013 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Protection Hackers Notice Requirements

Who Owns Your Online Persona?

Originally published in The Recorder on March 22nd, 2013. Eagle v. Morgan, 2013-11-4303 (E.D. Pa. 2013), represents one of the first trials on the issue of who owns social media accounts: the individual employee who...more

3/27/2013 - Damages Eagle v Edcomm LinkedIn Misappropriation Social Media Social Media Policy

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