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Protecting Your Brands in New Markets: Iran and Cuba

For companies based in the United States, doing business in Cuba and Iran is no longer a completely far-fetched notion. In Cuba, the relaxing of the embargo promises to make this island neighbor of the U.S. available for...more

Probably Don’t Do What the Red Cross CEO Just Did

You might have read the NPR/ProPublica story from Monday about the Government Accountability Office’s investigation of the Red Cross, and CEO Gail McGovern’s attempts to end that investigation. The article says that in 2014...more

Employers Beware: Could the Generosity of Volunteers Result in a Perceived Employer-Employee Relationship?

The generosity of volunteers builds a link between employers and the community, which frequently proves critical to accomplishing community and philanthropic work during times of need. Often times, there is too much to be...more

"Balancing Protection of Information With Employee Rights in Confidentiality Policies"

The developing law on employer confidentiality policies underscores the tension between an employer's ever-increasing need to protect confidential information and an employee's established right to discuss terms and...more

Volunteers Alleging Employment Status Lose Title VII Case, but Court Applies Vigorous Analysis First

Everyone’s looking for volunteers. The Salvation Army recruits helpers with the promise of “Doing the most good.” Volunteers of America invites participation by reminding the public “There are no limits to caring.” Even...more

Volunteers Are Not “Employees” Protected From Employment Discrimination Under Title VII

Many non-profit organizations, public agencies, and other employers rely upon volunteers. But what happens when an organization decides to terminate a volunteer’s affiliation with it because of the volunteer’s religion? ...more

Lawful but Awful: Red Cross Says Hurricane Sandy Distributions Are Trade Secrets

While the term “trade secret” generally makes people think of Coca-Cola’s secret formula, software source codes, or company client lists, trade secret law has evolved to include everything from proprietary formulae to...more

DONATE, DON’T TELL? The Red Cross says it has trade secrets, upsetting activists

Can a non-profit charity have trade secrets? The Red Cross thinks so. Its claim to trade secret protection over information related to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts made headlines and left some journalists and activists...more

One Cross – Two Cross – Red Cross – Blue Cross: Trademark Development Traps

Trademarks and service marks are valuable in all areas of commerce, and health care is not an exception. Providers of health care-related goods and services rely upon trademarks and service marks to identify the sources of...more

NLRB Offers Advice on At-Will Employment Handbook Language

It is a good, standard practice for employers to include a provision in their employee handbooks, where applicable, to clarify that the terms of employment in the handbook do not alter the at-will status of the employer’s...more

NLRB Provides New Guidance on At-Will Employment Provisions

On October 31, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel issued two advice memoranda addressing at-will provisions in employee handbooks. In both cases, the NLRB concluded that the...more

NLRB Provides Guidance on At-Will Employment Disclaimers

At-will employment clauses in two employee handbooks did not violate employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act, according to advice memoranda issued last week by the National Labor Relations Board’s Acting...more

A Halloween Treat for Employers? – NLRB's Acting General Counsel Issues Advice on At-Will Employment Statements

On Halloween, Lafe Solomon, Acting General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, issued two Advice Memoranda addressing whether employment-at-will statements in two employee handbooks violated Section 7 of the...more

NLRB Cases Impact At-Will Employment Agreements

Most employment agreements in California are for at-will employment. This means that the employer can terminate the employee at any time, with or without cause, so long as termination is not for a reason otherwise unlawful...more

NLRB Division, Some “At-Will” Clauses Ok

The Board’s excruciatingly close scrutiny of employer policies continues as the agency looks for opportunities to expand its juridiction by rooting out all evil lurking in handbooks and other written employment policies....more

NLRB’s Division of Advice Finds Two At-Will Employment Policies Lawful

Advice memoranda describe limits of potential challenges to at-will employment policies under the NLRA. On October 31, the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB's or Board's) Division of Advice issued two memoranda...more

Employers Law Update - Employers Beware: NLRB Challenges Established HR Practices

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a number of recent opinions questioning and, in some instances, invalidating common employer practices and policies on the grounds of protecting employee rights under...more

NLRB Extends Reach to Nonunion Workplaces

Recent cases challenge at-will employment, confidentiality, dispute resolution, and social media policies in nonunion workplaces. Over the last few years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken more...more

Impact of Two Small Words Could be Significant: "At-Will" in the NLRB Cross-Hairs

Appearing before a state bar association recently, the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") acting General Counsel, Lafe Solomon, said that the agency will seek to strike down at-will provisions in employment handbooks as...more

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