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California Teachers Seek Rehearing Before Full U.S. Supreme Court Regarding Constitutionality of “Agency Shop” Fees for Non-Union...

Attorneys for the Plaintiff California public sector teachers in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association have taken the extraordinarily rare step of petitioning the Supreme Court for a rehearing, and have...more

It Happened, It Happened: Small 401(k) Plan Sued

I love boxing and one of my favorite fights is when George Foreman shocked the world and knocked out Michael Moorer to become heavyweight champion at age 45. Jim Lampley doing the HBO broadcast proclaimed: “it happened! It...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: What You Should Do Now

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law. The DTSA is an expansion of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and generally authorizes a civil action in federal court for the...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

Citadel, a $24-Billion Hedge Fund, Seeks Whistleblower Status

Just a few months after announcing the first-ever award to an outside whistleblower, federal authorities may be on the verge of expanding the reach of whistleblower incentives even further. Last week, Citadel, the...more

Meaningless Plan Sponsor Surveys

There was a new 401(k) plan sponsor survey on which providers are associated with being a “good value for the money”. Providers Most Associated with “Good Value for the Money” - Among all plan sponsors...more

Bring Out the Body Bags: Seller’s Covenant, In Asset Sales Agreement, Not To Compete Within 150 Miles For 10 Years Unenforceable

Palmetto bought the assets of Knight Systems’ mortuary transport business. The agreement of purchase and sale included (a) Palmetto’s commitment to buy body bags, at specified discounted prices, exclusively from Knight...more

Umpteenth Time’s the Charm? Massachusetts Has Another Go At Non-Compete Reform

The Massachusetts legislature is back at it again — as the Boston Globe reports, the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development has sponsored a compromise bill with the goal of limiting non-competes in the Commonwealth....more

ERISA: Reviewing What Needs to Be Proved to Establish the Suicide Exclusion

For many reasons, some of the toughest cases to litigate involve the application of the suicide exclusion. There is a growing body of evidence challenging suicide exclusion determinations....more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2016 #2

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT - Overtime Final Rule - The Department of Labor issued its final overtime rule which updates the salary level required for the executive, administrative, and professional (“white collar”)...more

Just Say Sorry

I worked for someone once who I thought was the biggest pain in the rear end and I think when I got older and started my own business, I finally understood where he was coming from. When I work on my own and something...more

Most Frequently Hacked Industries Now Includes Manufacturing

Second only to health care, the manufacturing industry is now one of the most frequently hacked industries (according to IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index). And more importantly, automotive manufacturing was the...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

Eighth Circuit: Delay In Asserting Right To Arbitrate And Using Litigation Machinery Results In Waiver

The plaintiff, a terminated employee, had signed a two year employment agreement and a separate arbitration agreement with a home décor company. The plaintiff was terminated after six months and sued the defendant in...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

Take Notice (And Give Notice!): The “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016” (DTSA) Requires Immediate Employer Action

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, creating the first federal civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. One provision of the DTSA requires immediate action by...more

IRS Stamp of Approval for PEOs

Small businesses struggling to maintain compliance with the constant flow of regulations impacting human resources and benefits compliance have increasingly turned to professional employer organizations (“PEOs”) to serve as...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

Outsourced claims handling services attract VAT

The CJEU has confirmed in the Polish referred case of Minister Finansów v Aspiro SA1 that a third party acting on behalf of an insurer in the handling and settlement of claims cannot benefit from the exemption for insurance...more

What Start-Ups, Tech Companies and Marketers Need to Know About the New Overtime Rules

You may have heard about new overtime rules from the Department of Labor. It’s not all about bathroom laws. Michael Kelsheimer, author of the Employer Handbook, broke down the new rules in Federal Changes to Overtime...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 54 - Finally! Prong 2 Of The Massachusetts "ABC" Test Is Dead!

On May 11, 2016, the First Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision in Massachusetts Delivery Association v. Healy (the “MDA case”) preempting Prong 21 of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law (the “Massachusetts...more

California Court of Appeals Approves Electronic Signatures on Arbitration Agreements 

It has become increasingly common for companies to have new employees sign important documents – including contracts and arbitration agreements – using electronic signatures. In light of this fact, some employers have...more

New Federal Trade Secret Act: What Businesses Need To Know

Trade secrets are the oldest form of intellectual property and, unlike patents, trademarks and copyrights, the value of a trade secret arises from others not knowing the secret. Companies such as Coca-Cola, WD-40, Heinz 57,...more

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