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SEC Fines Company for Agreements Restricting Whistleblowers

The SEC has fined an Atlanta company $265,000 for using various severance agreements restricting whistleblower activities. The Dodd-Frank Act added ’34 Act § 21F encouraging whistleblower programs. The SEC adopted Rule...more

Saudi Arabia Update - August 2016

Legal developments - Labour and employment developments - Employee health insurance – inspections forthcoming - Joint inspections will be carried out by the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance (CCHI) and...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act — Implications for Private Funds

On May 11, 2016, the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) became law. The DTSA provides trade-secret protections on the federal level that are similar to those available through the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA)...more

Employment Law This Week: Trade Secrets, Banker Bonus Restrictions, Musicians Are Employees, Misclassification Violates NLRA

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 239-Jonathan Armstrong on EU Privacy Shield

In this episode, I visit with EU privacy expert Jonathan Armstrong on the negotiations culminating in the EU Privacy Shield to replace the former Safe Harbor provision. more

Is It Time to Switch Gears? Enforceability of Automotive Company Employee Confidentiality Restrictions

Given the large workforces and importance of intellectual property and trade secrets in the automotive industry, automotive companies rely heavily on confidentiality provisions in employment agreements and employee handbooks. Thanks to a recent enforcement action brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it may be time to review and revise these confidentiality provisions.more

Can You Keep a Secret? The SEC Says to Ask Carefully

Employers have a lot to be worried about. Employees are given access to trade secrets, customer lists, financial accounts, and other highly sensitive, confidential information. Most employers attempt to deter improper use of proprietary information through confidentiality policies or agreements, sometimes included in handbooks or in separate employment agreements.more

Muzzling Whistleblowers: When Confidentiality Agreements Go Too Far

Confidentiality agreements can be useful to a company. For example, they can ensure that employees are aware of their company’s valuable trade secrets and can establish requirements to safeguard those assets. But when do these non-disclosure agreements go too far? more

DOL Confirms FMLA Rights for Same-Sex Married Couples

DOL Confirms FMLA Rights for Same-Sex Married Couples by Michael Cifelli on September 4, 2013 Roughly two months after the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic same-sex marriage decision in United States v. Windsor, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued regulatory guidance confirming that same-sex married couples are entitled to the leave benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). As we previously discussed, Windsor struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as between a man and a woman for purposes of federal benefits. Federal agencies have since been adjusting their rules and procedures to reflect the Court’s decision. more

Has Your Business Start-up Registered Its Trademarks?

Has Your Business Start-up Registered Its Trademarks? by Kenneth C. Oh on August 15, 2013 When starting a new business, intellectual property concerns should certainly be on your “To Do” list. Your company’s name, logo, trade secrets and inventions may one day be your greatest assets. Despite the importance, many start-ups are unsure about when it is the right time to apply for registered trademarks and other IP protections. The short answer is, the sooner the better. With regard to trademarks, you can establish rights in a trademark based on use of the mark in commerce without seeking registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. However, the time and expense it takes to file a formal registration is well worth it in the long run.more

NJ SAFE: New Domestic Violence Law Will Impact Employee Leave Policies

NJ SAFE: New Domestic Violence Law Will Impact Employee Leave Policies by Christina M. Michelson on August 9, 2013 The New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE) is now law. The statute provides up to 20 days of leave for an employee who is the victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. more

Weekly eDiscovery Top Story Digest - July 24, 2013

Compiled by @ComplexD from online public domain resources, provided for your review/use is this week’s update of key industry news, views, and events highlighting key electronic discovery related stories, developments, and announcements. Available as an information source for eDiscovery and information management professionals since 2010, the Top Story Digest is published weekly on the ComplexDiscovery (.com) blog. Follow via social media on Twitter (@ComplexD), LinkedIn, Google+ and RSS. To receive the Weekly eDiscovery News Update by email for eDiscovery news, corporate risk information and vendor clips, visit

China 20/20 Legal Regulatory Developments - February 2013

In This Issue: - The Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Revising the Labor Contract Law of the People's Republic of China Released - MOFCOM Solicits for Public Comments on the Interim Measures for Recognition of Re-investment Made by Taiwan Investors via a Third Place (Draft for Comments) Securities Investment Fund Law of the People's Republic of China Released - Amendments of Trademark Law of the People's Republic of China (Draft) Released - Interpretations of the Supreme People's Court on Certain Issues Related to the Application of the "Law of the People's Republic of China on Application of Laws to Foreign-Related Civil Relations" (I) Released more

Legal Considerations for Proprietary Traders Participating in a Lift-Out

As a result of the Volcker Rule's restrictions on the proprietary trading activities of Wall Street’s biggest banks, many traders at such proprietary trading desks are departing for better opportunities at investment management firms. Such traders need to be wary of myriad legal concerns implicated throughout each step of the transition.more

Volume 6 Issue 2

WASHINGTON JOURNAL OF LAW, TECHNOLOGY & ARTS PUBLISHES AUTUMN ISSUE SEATTLE—Today the University of Washington School of Law published the Autumn 2010 issue of the new Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, the nation’s first student-run electronic law journal focusing on technology, commerce, and artistic innovation. The Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts publishes concise legal analysis aimed at practicing attorneys. The Journal publishes on a quarterly basis. This quarter’s edition includes five articles on topics such as: * How to avoiding declaratory judgments in patent disputes * New Securities and Exchange Act liability for “hacking and trading” * Avoiding liability for content published by third-parties on websites * Workplace GPS surveillance * New restrictions on anti-spam lawsuits The Journal is the nation’s first technology and law journal that also publishes articles involving the arts. The new Journal plays a key role in furthering the University of Washington School of Law’s reputation as a center of innovation and path-breaking legal research. The Journal replaced the Shidler Journal of Law, Commerce + Technology in 2009 as part of a merger with the Law, Technology & Arts Group (LTA), a research group at the law school. LTA was formed to take a comprehensive approach to legal issues involved in artistic and technological innovation. LTA consolidated the J.D. and LL.M. programs, the former Shidler Center for Law, Commerce + Technology, and the Center for Advanced Research in Intellectual Property (CASRIP) into a single research unit covering the full scope of these areas. The Journal accepts outside submissions from students, law professors, and practicing attorneys. For more information about the Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts please visit their new website. A link to download the entire Autumn 2010 issue of the Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts is available at

How to Use Graphics in Your Openings and Closings

Graphics can help deliver more effective opening statements and closing arguments by easing the introduction of complex information and allowing attorneys to take a more teacherly role with jurors. Graphics can also help weave narrative threads from the beginning to the end of the case, which help create a more unified presentation. In order to create this thread or narrative arc; however, the goals of both opening statements and closing arguments need to be understood. more

Lang Michener InBrief Spring 2009

In This Issue LAW NOTES discuss a number of topics including the fiduciary duty of directors, shareholder approval and new Internet domains that can be used to provide customers, colleagues and family with important information. Also, a cooling-off period has worked its way into employment law; a note about acceptable tax-avoidance; another about the Vetrovec warning; and a judicial finding about “Java.” In the labour arena, the courts have again shown themselves to be supportive of members against their unions. The full-length articles also take us into the Internet world to discuss new generic top-level domains, besides .com, .net and .org. The new executive compensation disclosure rules are reviewed. James Musgrove canvasses cooperative bidding. There is a discussion about severance payouts that may be too generous, and an article on the importance of being earnest in insurance matters. The next great business trend from south of the border is considered, as is the U.S. ban on naked shortselling and Canadian fallout. Limitations on privilege, licences “as property,” new litigation rules, and the business cost of a disabilities statute are among the other topics. Some quirky logic and QWERTY history in Brief Life Bites; then your Letters and Comments, and a little bit about us.more

InBrief Fall 2008

In This Issue LAW NOTES highlight a number of current issues: In the employment context, failure to acknowledge one’s mistakes is discussed as grounds for dismissal, and two other NOTES look at the likely rise in the cost of doing business, one resulting from a new statutory holiday and the other from judicializing the human rights complaint system. Our tax experts discuss new options for independent contractors, and there is a NOTE about cross-border whistleblower protection; a commentary NOTE by François Tougas on abolishing the rail monopoly in Canada, and another about controversial proposed changes to Canada’s copyright law. There are full-length articles on a wide range of business topics including identity theft and technology, security in electronic records, and as it relates to the workplace, articles on reasonable notice, the obligation to mitigate and a different perspective on the Keays case. There are also alerts for directors and officers and an article about corporations now being prosecuted under the Criminal Code. In separate articles, Canadian antitrust class actions and patent law are discussed and compared to that in the U.S. Brief Life Bites may provide a smile, and in the hard copy, your Letters and Comments, and a little bit about us. more

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