Employee Solicitation

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DOJ and FTC Put HR Executives on Notice That Anticompetitive Hiring and Compensation Practices May Be Subject to Criminal...

On October 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued “Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources (HR) Professionals.” The jointly prepared guidance—directed at HR...more

Can Using Social Media Lead to a Lawsuit? (Part 2)

In part 1 of this blog series, I discussed the potential legal implications of social media as it pertains to defamation, privacy rights, and ownership rights. As we pick back up with our discussion, I want to address the...more

Raise Your Hand if You Are Contributing—FEC Dismissal of Charges Offers Insight about Coercing Contributions to Your PAC

As we approach the November elections, it may be time to replenish your corporate PAC, also known as your Separately Segregated Fund (SSF). In early June, the Chairman and two commissioners of the Federal Election Commission...more

Corporate Divorce Series: Is Employee Solicitation A New Kind of Custody Dispute?

If you’ve been following my corporate divorce series, you are familiar with my view about who owns what at the end of the employment relationship, who pays what to whom, and even how to end the relationship. But I have yet to...more

Someone’s Knocking: If It’s the Union, Don’t Let Them in

The National Labor Relations Act protects employee solicitation of other employees and distribution of literature to form or join a union or to engage in other “concerted” activities. However, employers have the ability to...more

Trade Secrets Misappropriation Suit Over Solicitation of Employees - Cypress Semiconductor Corporation v. Maxim Integrated...

In Cypress Semiconductor Corporation v. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., the California Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s award of $180,817.50 in attorneys’ fees plus costs to Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. as the...more

NLRB In ConAgra Ruling Signals What May Be Solicitation

The National Labor Relations Board recently decided that discipline of an employee for violation of the employer’s nonsolicitation policy was unlawful, even though the employee engaged in union-related discussion and the...more

Solicitation and Distribution Rules and Their Enforcement Under Attack: NLRB Continues to Narrow Employer Limitations on Workplace...

The National Labor Relations Act’s limitations on employer no-solicitation/no-distribution policies have been established for decades, right? Most labor relations practitioners and Human Resources specialists are familiar...more

DOJ Antitrust Division Continues To Pursue Employers Engaged in Efforts to Restrict Employee Job Change

On November 16, the DOJ Antitrust Division filed an antitrust action against eBay, alleging that "[s]enior executives at eBay and Intuit entered into an evolving ‘handshake’ agreement . . . [that] prohibited either company...more

German Federal Labor Court Dismisses 46 Million Euro Claim for Unlawful Solicitation of Employees

The solicitation of employees by competitors is a frequent problem for companies in Germany. Many companies actively pursue a so-called “war for talents” and sometimes unlawful means are used for the purpose of soliciting...more

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