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U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari To Evaluate Class Waivers Under the National Labor Relations Act

The U.S. Supreme Court decided today to consider related cases addressing whether arbitration agreements containing class action waivers violate employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). The...more

Trade Secrets Litigation Likely to Surge in 2017 Under the DTSA

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

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

"Key Takeaways: Antitrust Law and Policies — From Brussels to Washington, DC: The Atlantic Divide?"

On October 21, 2016, Skadden presented a seminar titled “Antitrust Law and Policies From Brussels to Washington, D.C.: The Atlantic Divide?” in Brussels. Former DG Competition Director General Sir Philip Lowe gave the keynote...more

Federal Agencies: Personnel-Related Agreements with Competitors Likely Violate Anti-Trust Law

A recent “Guidance for HR Professionals” jointly issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) highlights that arrangements between competing businesses designed to limit competition in...more

It’s Easier for Employers to Sue for Data Theft

Why a Ninth Circuit decision and an amendment to the Economic Espionage Act change the landscape. Two new developments this past year have made it easier for employers to sue employees in federal court for stealing data...more

Feds Target HR Professionals For Criminal Violations Of Antitrust Laws

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced they are increasing their efforts to criminally prosecute employers and individuals who engage in certain behaviors...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: December 2016

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

DOJ/FTC Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals Part 2

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued joint guidance to human resources professionals, cautioning that they (and their companies) risk violating federal antitrust laws...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - November 2016

On November 16, 2016, a Texas federal judge announced at ahearing that his decision on whether to block the U.S. Department of Labor's ("DOL") new overtime rules from taking effect would be made by November 22,...more

Health Care E-Note - November 2016

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

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

Do Your Employee-Recruiting Practices Make You A White-Collar Criminal?

You need to hire some employees, and you want to pay them well, but not more than necessary. You place a call to a friend who works for one of your competitors and ask what her company is paying new hires in these positions....more

U.S. Antitrust Agencies Issue Guidance for HR Professionals & Announce Intention to Criminally Prosecute Wage-Fixing and “No...

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (collectively the “Agencies”) have issued new Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals. The new Guidance is designed to “alert human resource...more

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

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

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

HR Professionals Beware: Antitrust Violations in the Employment Arena May Subject Employers and their HR Personnel to Criminal...

The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (collectively, the “Agencies”) recently announced a policy shift in their enforcement priorities related to agreements among...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

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

New DOJ, FTC Antitrust Compliance Guidance for Human Resources Attacks No-Poaching Agreements

Criticizing non-solicitation of employees — or “no-poaching” — agreements as an alleged factor in holding back wage growth, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have issued antitrust guidance on...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

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...

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

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

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