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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

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

Misappropriation of Trade Secrets: Make a Federal Case Out of It (Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act)

Last month, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law, which permits plaintiffs to bring civil claims for misappropriation of trade secrets in federal court. While trade secret theft has been a...more

An overview of Bill S-201: An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination

On May 3, 2016, Bill S-201, An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination, was given its first reading in the House of Commons. Originally introduced and recently passed in the Senate as a private Member’s bill, the...more

Health Care Group News: Part Two: The Rest of SB 351 (Now Public Act 16-95)

While Senate Bill 351, now enacted as Public Act 16-95 (the "Act"), received attention for the limits it placed on physician non-compete provisions, numerous other provisions of the Act are worth highlighting. These...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Re-Makes Retail IRA Advice

Congress voted this week to de-rail the Department of Labor’s sweeping fiduciary-duty suite of rule-making, but doesn’t have the votes to override the President’s threatened veto....more

Connecticut Legislature Passes Non-Compete Act Concerning Contracts With Physicians

On May 18, 2016, the Connecticut legislature transmitted Public Act No. 16-95 (the “Act”) to the Governor for his signature. The Governor is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming weeks. Once he does, it will...more

New Defend Trade Secrets Act Requires Employers to Include Disclaimers in All Confidential Information Agreements

On May 16, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The new law takes immediate effect and will provide important new federal protections against unauthorized disclosure of...more

Massachusetts Noncompete Bill Advances, but Passage Remains Uncertain

In March, we reported that Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo had announced his support for legislative restrictions on employee noncompetition agreements, signaling a potential turning point in the long-running...more

Obama Signs Law Giving Trade Secrets Federal Protection

A company’s confidential trade secrets are their most coveted assets and give a company a competitive edge over its competitors. Such trade secrets may include product specifications and formulas, recipes, computer...more

Employee Non-compete Bill Advancing in Legislature

Legislation limiting employee non-compete agreements in Massachusetts advanced on Monday in the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Co-chaired by Rep. John Scibak and Sen. Dan Wolf, the Committee approved a...more

Pssst, The Secret Is Knowing What You Can’t Do With The Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) became law with President Obama’s signature on May 11, 2016. The DTSA is an amendment to the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and, for the first time, affords a federal private right of...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Creates New Federal Claim For Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) into law, creating a federal civil right of action for the theft of trade secrets. Until now, trade secrets had been protected only at...more

Implementing the Whistleblower Immunity Notice Provision under the Recently-Enacted Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Defend Trade Secrets Act, signed into law on May 11, 2016, includes a whistleblower immunity notice provision. An employer that wants to preserve maximum recoveries for misappropriation against an employee should take...more

The McDonald’s NLRB Case: At The Intersection Of Hot Legal And Political Issues

Despite popular belief, the fate of fast food franchises around the country does not rest in the hands of Lauren Esposito, an unelected administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Whatever decision...more

How the New Trade Secrets Law May Affect You

A week ago, on May 11, 2016, the President signed into law the new federal “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.” It arms with substantial new weaponry those whose trade secrets have been taken. What has been less heralded,...more

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