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Ninth Circuit Invalidates Class Action Waivers in Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

At the end of 2015, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed AB 465, which would have banned mandatory arbitration agreements in the employment setting, including arbitration agreements with class action waivers. As many employers know,...more

Ontario Court Rules that ESA Temporary Layoff may still Result in Constructive Dismissal

An Ontario Court has ruled in Bevilacqua v Gracious Living Corporation, 2016 ONSC 4127 that even in cases where an employer has complied with the temporary layoff provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “Act”),...more

Alabama’s Restrictive Covenants Statute: New Insight on Retroactivity, Employee Training, and the Blue Pencil Rule

Alabama’s new restrictive covenant statute became effective on January 1, 2016. Recently published committee comments clarified certain provisions of the law. The following briefly summarizes the final committee comments...more

Government Attacks on Non-Compete Agreements Continue

Non-compete agreements have long been used by employers as an effective tool to protect their valuable trade secrets and confidential information. However, employers’ overuse of non-compete agreements and employers’ practice...more

Breaches Of Covenants Not To Compete As Unfair And Deceptive Practices? The North Carolina Business Court Weighs In

When does a breach of a covenant not to compete violate N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1? Is tortious interference a per se violation of section 75-1.1? Departing-employee cases often raise both questions, but the answer to each...more

Spruce Up Survives, But a Successor's First Communication to a Predecessor's Employees is More Critical Than Ever

In Paragon Systems, Inc., 364 NLRB No. 75 (2016), the National Labor Relations Board declined the General Counsel’s request to overturn its 42-year-old decision in Spruce Up Corp., 209 NLRB 194, 195 (1974), enfd. per curiam...more

A Rose by Any Other Name is Not as Sweet: When a Non-Solicit is Actually a Non-Compete

The Ontario Court of Appeal has held that the words “accept business”, in what the employer intended to be a non-solicitation clause, served to restrict competition and is therefore not merely a non-solicitation...more

New Illinois Law Restricts Use of Employee Non-Compete Agreements

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act, prohibiting private sector employers from requiring their “low-wage employees” to sign non-compete agreements. The Act takes effect on January 1,...more

[Webinar] 28th Annual Employee Benefits Seminar - September 21st, 8:20am Central / 9:20am Eastern

Program Highlights Please join the Locke Lord Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group for our 28th annual employee benefits seminar via webinar.  Our attorneys will provide an overview of current developments...more

Illinois Limits Non-Compete Agreements Yet Again

On August 19, 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner officially signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the “Act”), with an effective date of January 1, 2017. The Act, while short and to the point, will have a significant...more

Class Actions Back from Verge of Extinction

Back in 2011 it looked like class actions would join the mastodon, the dodo bird and other extinct species. In AT&T v. Mobility v. Concepcion, Justice Scalia and the conservative majority held that the Federal Arbitration...more

Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements Are No Longer Enforceable in the Ninth Circuit

If your company uses a class action waiver in your employment agreements and you are located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, the Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, or Washington, you are...more

Texas Appellate Court Affirms Injunctive Relief and $2.8 Million Award in Attorney’s Fees Against Former Employee in Trade Secret...

A Texas Court of Appeals held on August 22, 2016, that a former employer was entitled to $2.8 million in attorney’s fees against a former employee who used the employer’s information to compete against it. The Court reached...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: The End (of Session) Is Near…

The California Legislature adjourned in the wee hours yesterday, Wednesday, August 31st, having reviewed over 100 bills in the single day, bringing the second half of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session to a close. Several...more

Employment Alert: Ninth Circuit Nixes Employee Class and Collective Action Waivers, Calling into Question Future Viability of...

Mandatory employment arbitration agreements suffered a significant blow last week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (covering California, Washington, and other western states) found illegal and...more

Employer Handbook Policies Violate the National Labor Relations Act

As we recently noted, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is laser-like focused on scrutinizing employer personnel policies. In yet another example of this ongoing campaign, a recent administrative law judge (ALJ)...more

Ninth Circuit: Arbitration Agreements Cannot Require Employees to Individually Arbitrate Claims in Separate Proceedings

The Ninth Circuit is the latest court to consider the NLRB’s position that class and collective action waivers violate the NLRA; here, the court ruled that an arbitration agreement that completely prevents employees from...more

Taxation of termination payments – new government proposal will erode the scope of the £30,000 exemption

In July 2015, the government published a consultation on proposals to reform the tax treatment of termination payments, which was widely discussed with stakeholders. Nine months after the end of that consultation, the...more

Court Upholds Enforceability of “Clickwrap” Employee Agreement

As we have previously discussed, if you want your electronic contracts to be enforceable, it is a best practice to require the counterparty to affirmatively accept the contract by checking a box or clicking a button. A recent...more

Amendments to the Polish Labor Code - Employment contract needed before starting work

Following the amendments to the Polish Labor Code effective on 1 September 2016, an employee may start work only if beforehand: - a written employment contract has been signed; or - if there is no signed,...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Employees’ Waiver of All Forums for Class or Collective Action Violates NLRA

Employers who require employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment should take care: A split is developing among the federal appellate courts regarding the enforceability of so-called “concerted...more

Changes to the Taxation of Termination Payments

Termination payments are payments made to individuals as a result of their loss of employment. They are often made up of different components including statutory redundancy, compensation for loss of office, damages and...more

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Class Action Waivers In Employment Arbitration Agreements

On August 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (which covers California) struck down a "concerted action waiver" (i.e., a waiver of class, collective or other group actions) in an arbitration agreement....more

Attention, Businesses! Federal Law Provides New Tools for Protecting Your Trade Secrets

Your business’s formula for success may not be akin to a recipe for a secret sauce. But it is likely that you do not want to share with your direct competitors the unique business methods you have developed over time or your...more

Judicial Hostility to Employment Arbitration Flares up in 9th Circuit

When you draft employment arbitration agreements, it’s not enough to know what the law is. You should also know what the law will be at the time that someone challenges the agreement. Since this area of law changes...more

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