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THE LATEST: National Security Reviews of Foreign Ownership May Broaden

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS, commonly pronounced “syphius”) reviews M&A transactions that may pose a risk to national security through foreign control of a US business. (See our recent...more

THE LATEST: Employee “No-Poaching” Agreements Remain in the Antitrust Crosshairs

by McDermott Will & Emery on

There have been a series of investigations, class action suits and high value settlements involving agreements not to solicit employees. In addition, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division made a splash a few...more

Effective Ethics and Compliance Training

by Thomas Fox on

In a recent Slate article, entitled “Ethics Trainings Are Even Dumber Than You Think”, author L.V. Anderson railed against what she termed box-checking training where companies put on training not to actually train employees...more

Trade Secrets Litigation Likely to Surge in 2017 Under the DTSA

by Cozen O'Connor on

In 2016, Congress drastically changed trade secret law with the passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the DTSA) that creates a federal civil action for trade secret theft, and we expect plenty of trade secret...more

Noncompete Agreements: New Considerations Under Both Employment and Antitrust Law

by Cozen O'Connor on

BREAKING NEWS: There were a lot of employment law developments in 2016. In fact, there were a lot of developments in the world generally in 2016. The legal landscape when it comes to employers and employees was not any...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: December 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Overtime Rules Enjoined Nationwide - In State of Nev. v. U.S. Dep't of Labor Case No. 4:16-cv-00731-ALM, 2016 WL 6879615 (E.D. Tex. Nov. 22, 2016), a Texas district court enjoined nationwide the Department of Labor's...more

New Guidance for HR Professionals Regarding Wage-Fixing and No-Poaching Agreements Highlights New Focus on Criminal Prosecutions...

In October, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” and collectively the “Antitrust Agencies”) jointly issued new guidance for Human Resource professionals regarding...more

Health Care E-Note - November 2016

by Burr & Forman on

You just formed your medical practice inAlabama, and you either chose a professional corporation (a “PC”) or an LLC. If you went with a PC, you got to choose between an “S” corporation (“S corp”) or a “C” corporation (“C...more

Six Tips to Help HR Professionals Avoid Criminal Antitrust Liability Under New DOJ/FTC Guidance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On October 20, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly issued antitrust guidance for human resources professionals. The agencies also released a list of high-level red flags for the...more

DOJ, FTC Announce Plans to Criminally Prosecute Employers That Enter into Wage-Fixing or No-Poaching Agreements

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the fiercely competitive market for talent, human resources personnel and recruiters inevitably feel the competing pressures of offering compensation packages that are attractive to potential employees and keeping costs...more

White House Urges States to Reform Non-Competition Laws

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On October 25, 2016, the White House published a State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements urging states to reform their non-competition laws. The call to action follows an earlier report from the White House which...more

Antitrust Agencies Issue Guidance To HR Professionals Regarding Hiring and Compensation Decisions

The U.S. Antitrust Agencies (the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission) recently issued a document entitled “Antitrust Guidance For Human Resource Professionals” intended to alert HR...more

DOJ Publishes Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals Relating to No-Poaching and Wage-Fixing Agreements

by FordHarrison on

In a series of investigations and subsequent court actions, HR professionals have been identified as being potential targets for investigation of allegations of violations of antitrust laws related to employment practices,...more

Employers Beware - DOJ and FTC Issue Antitrust Guidance to HR Professionals

On October 20, 2016, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) jointly issued “Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals” (the “Guidance”) to educate...more

Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals Raises Prospect of Criminal Prosecutions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals issued by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on October 20, 2016 is not a change in law, but it is a fair warning to human resources...more

Antitrust Division Threatens Criminal Prosecution for Employment Practices: Antitrust Agencies Issue Joint Guidance on Employment...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Even in the absence of an agreement to fix compensation, simply exchanging competitively sensitive information could serve as evidence of an implicit illegal agreement. On October 20, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and...more

Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission Issue Antitrust Liability Guidance for Human Resource Executives

by Jackson Walker on

In late October, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice warned human resources professionals that so-called “no-poaching” agreements, in which companies agree not to...more

Non-Competition Restrictions

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On October 25, 2016, the White House published a “State Call to Action,” urging states to reform their noncompetition laws. The Call to Action follows an earlier report from the White House which concluded that noncompetition...more

DOJ and FTC Release Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals

by Littler on

Employment lawyers and human resources professionals, take note:  In 2016, in addition to knowing the ins and outs of labor and employment law, the federal government and its enforcement entities expect that you have more...more

"Wage-Fixing, No-Poaching Agreements to Be Prosecuted Criminally Under New Guidance"

On October 20, 2016, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly issued new guidance designed to help human resources professionals and their companies understand...more

HR Personnel (and Employers) Beware: Antitrust Enforcers Warn of Criminal Liability For Compensation, No-Poaching Pacts

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Human Resources (HR) personnel are now specifically under the scrutiny of the antitrust enforcement agencies. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are typically known for enforcing antitrust laws...more

Antitrust Pitfalls for HR

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

HR professionals and others involved in hiring and compensation decisions might be violating antitrust laws. HR professionals must take special care not to enter into “agreements” with competing companies about the terms of...more

DOJ & FTC Release Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals

by Burr & Forman on

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a strong warning to HR professionals: certain agreements to fix salaries or limit competition could result...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2016

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note Voting Matters. Next week, we head to the polls to elect a new president of the United States and other government representatives. Voting is important because it allows registered citizens to cast their...more

Attention HR: The Antitrust Laws Apply To You Too!

Human resources professionals keep track of a number of laws and regulations administered by several different agencies. For the most part, HR departments have given little attention to federal antitrust law compliance. After...more

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