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Government Attacks on Non-Compete Agreements Continue

Non-compete agreements have long been used by employers as an effective tool to protect their valuable trade secrets and confidential information. However, employers’ overuse of non-compete agreements and employers’ practice...more

New Illinois Law Restricts Use of Employee Non-Compete Agreements

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act, prohibiting private sector employers from requiring their “low-wage employees” to sign non-compete agreements. The Act takes effect on January 1,...more

Illinois Limits Non-Compete Agreements Yet Again

On August 19, 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner officially signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the “Act”), with an effective date of January 1, 2017. The Act, while short and to the point, will have a significant...more

New Non-Compete Law Regarding Low-Wage Workers Passes in Illinois

In the wake of increasing federal and state scrutiny on the use of non-compete agreements for lower wage workers, Illinois has enacted the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the “Act”). The Act, which applies to agreements entered...more

Final Rule Issued Implementing Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (the FAR Council) have issued for publication in today’s Federal Register, a final rule amending the Federal...more

Building a future: addressing the Brexit challenge

"Brexit means Brexit" according to Theresa May. But although the Government has now indicated that it is committed to Brexit and achieving the best possible outcome for the UK, no-one knows what form this will take or how...more

Two New England States Pass Legislation Restricting Physician Non-Competes

We’ve written a lot this summer about the Massachusetts legislature’s latest failed attempt at non-compete reform. Two other states in New England, however, are able to claim accomplishments in that regard. Specifically,...more

Teamsters’ Central States Pension Plan: A Saga Becomes a Nightmare?

Created in 1955, the CSPP remains one of the largest and oldest multiemployer pension plans in the United States, funding the pensions of 400,000 active and retired Teamsters. Shockingly, with the decline in the unionized...more

Union Organizing at Retail and Food Service Businesses Gets Boost from New York City “Labor Peace” Executive Order

Summary of the Executive Order - New York City retail and food service unions got a boost recently when Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an Executive Order titled “Labor Peace for Retail Establishments at City Development...more

Initiative I-124: Look Beyond the Title

On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to place Initiative 124 (“I-124”), entitled the “Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative,” on the November 2016 ballot. Many voters will likely...more

Penalties for OSHA Non-Compliance Just Got Stiffer

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Improvements Act of 2015. The Act requires numerous federal enforcement agencies, including OSHA, to substantially...more

In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb: Following Much Fanfare, Massachusetts Noncompete Reform Again Fails

In what has become a highly anticipated annual game of “Will They/Won’t They,” the Massachusetts legislature again failed to pass comprehensive noncompete reform legislation this year, despite much fanfare and high hopes from...more

Down to the Wire for Proposed Non-Compete Reform Legislation in Massachusetts

Massachusetts finally may enact non-compete reform legislation. The current session of the General Court, the state’s legislature, ends on July 31, and the House and Senate have passed versions of non-compete reform...more

9 Ways Brexit May Affect UK Compliance Regulations

After the UK’s momentous vote to leave the European Union, the country faces two years of exit negotiations and the re-drawing of regulations. So what might Brexit mean for ethics and compliance in the UK?...more

Queensland WorkCover amendments to render contractual indemnities void

It is a serious matter to interfere with the rights of parties to agree between themselves to whatever contractual terms they chose. There is currently a Bill before the Queensland parliament [1] proposing a significant...more

Education Legislation Summary 2016

2016 SESSION - CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY - In its 2016 regular and special sessions, the General Assembly made a number of changes in the statutes that affect public education in Connecticut. This summary...more

Mid-Year Review: New Non-Compete Legislation in 2016

In the first half of 2016, we have already seen significant changes to a number of state non-compete laws. In this post, we provide a compilation of recently enacted legislation in Alabama, Connecticut, Idaho, Oregon, and...more

Global Immigration Update: The "BREXIT" Question

On 23 June 2016, the citizens of the United Kingdom voted in favor of leaving the European Union— the so-called "British Exit" or "Brexit". No doubt, you've seen the media coverage of this historical vote, which was primarily...more

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Massachusetts Senate Reverses Course On Non-Compete Reform

As we last reported, just a few weeks ago, the Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously approved a non-compete bill that revised the original draft bill and addressed some of the business community’s concerns (such...more

House Passes Noncompete Reform

Reform Overview - On Wednesday, June 29th, the House passed H. 4434: An Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements, which includes a number of provisions that have long been discussed as the...more

BREXIT = BEXIT? Will Global Business based in London Exit and Move Base Operations to Paris or Frankfurt – a “BEXIT?”

With UK’s surprise vote last Thursday to leave the EU, politicians, businessmen and women and pundits are scrambling to understand and predict the ramifications of the UK withdrawal, and there will be many. Of particular...more

Brexit: should we stay or should we go? The issues for construction businesses

The rapidly approaching referendum on 23 June 2016 to decide whether to stay in or leave the European Union (EU) is an issue for all businesses. Uncertainty is one of the key concerns for the construction industry which...more

Attention Employers: Action Required Before Having Employees or Contractors Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements

In May, President Obama signed the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 into law, the details of which we reported in a recent Akerman Practice Update. The Act allows companies for the first time to bring trade secret...more

The Newly Enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act: What Retailers Should Know

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the DTSA), creating the first Federal civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. The DTSA overlaps substantially with,...more

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