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Fenwick Employment Brief - March 2015

Recent Cases Provide Helpful Reminders Regarding Best Practices (and Pitfalls) with Employment Arbitration Clauses - Scrutiny of mandatory, pre-employment arbitration agreements continues before California state and...more

Contempt Charge Vacated Based On Valid Assertion of Attorney Client Privilege - Waste Management of Washington, Inc. v. Kattler et...

Finding that a district court had not provided procedural due process to an attorney for a sanctioned party, and that the district court abused its discretion in imposing sanctions for civil contempt against the attorney, the...more

What Factors Bear Upon The Enforceability Of Noncompete Agreements?

For businesses, non-compete agreements can be an important way to protect their interests in work product, resources and other knowledge to which employees become privy in the course of their employment....more

"Unconscionable" to Provide Arbitration Agreement to Dancers While "Mostly Naked"

Not surprisingly, a court has found that employers should probably not present (and potentially force execution of) important legal documents to employees while they are mostly naked. This shouldn't be too much of a stretch...more

Australia: Update: Giedo van der Garde cancels contract with Sauber

Giedo van der Garde withdrew his legal action against Sauber just prior to the Melbourne Grand Prix race following F1 Team Sauber’s indication that it would ignore the Victorian Court of Appeal decision and continue to refuse...more

Maryland Appeals Court Casts Doubt On Forum Selections Clauses in Wage Payment Disputes

Recently, the Maryland Court of Appeals took the position, albeit in dicta, that the state’s Wage Payment and Collection Law reflects a “strong” public policy of Maryland and urged Maryland courts to reject as unenforceable...more

Zero Tolerance of Zero Hours Contracts

Zero hours contracts are favoured by many employers in the United Kingdom due to their flexible nature, allowing them to respond to fluctuating demands for services. According to the Office of National Statistics, in the...more

Australia: Update: Terminating a sportsperson’s contract for private conduct (the Todd Carney case)

Last year, we published a blog update regarding an incident involving Todd Carney that led to the termination of his contract with the Cronulla Sharks Football Club. In our update, we mentioned that it appeared no hearing had...more

"Employed" in Name Only – An Employer’s Duty to Provide Work

Will an employment contract be fundamentally changed if the employer stops assigning work? This was the question tackled by the Alberta Court of Appeal in its recent decision in Bonsma v Tesco Corporation, 2013 ABCA 367. ...more

Court Rejects General Unconscionability Argument And Compels Arbitration

Late last year, a district court judge in Connecticut granted Defendant General Electric’s (“GE”) motion to compel arbitration based on Plaintiff’s signature to GE’s Acknowledgement Conditions of Employment Form. Ms. Pingel,...more

Companies Should Monitor Deferred Compensation Arrangements For Section 409A Compliance Purposes

Given the complexity of the rules under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, which govern the timing and taxation of payments made under non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements (NDCAs), companies are encouraged...more

Be Global - A look ahead to key international employment law developments expected in 2015

In This Issue: - ASIA PACIFIC: - Australia: Gender Equality Reporting Update - China: Predicted Increase in Collective Bargaining - China: Compliance with 10% Cap on Dispatch Workers - Hong Kong:...more

SEC Investigating Companies’ Employment Contracts That Restrict Whistleblowing

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may soon be investigating the agreements companies make with their employees. According to a February 25, 2015 Wall Street Journal report, the SEC has sent requests to several...more

Start-Up Pack (Belgium)

In This Issue: - Welcome - An introduction to key legal documents for start-ups - Glossary of useful venture capital and company terms - A step-by-step guide to setting up a company in Belgium - A shareholders’...more

Are Restrictive Covenants in Sale Agreements Enforceable?

The Supreme Court of Canada recently addressed the issue of the enforceability of restrictive covenants where the purchaser of a business offered employment to the business’s previous owners (Payette v Guay Inc. 2013 SCC 45)....more

UK update - TUPE service provision changes become more complex with the potential involvement of multiple clients and contracts

In Ottimo Property Services Ltd -v- Duncan and another, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has decided that, where several different clients change service provider at or around the same time, each individual service provision...more

Beschäftigung von Arbeitnehmern nach Erreichen des Renteneintrittsalters

Das Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG) hat am 11. Februar 2015 - 7 AZR 17/13 entschieden, dass die Befristung des Arbeitsverhältnisses nach Erreichen des Renteneintrittsalters nicht ohne weiteres sachlich gerechtfertigt ist....more

Contractual flexibility clauses must be clear and unambiguous to give an employer a right to make unilateral changes

In the case of Norman and others v National Audit Office UKEAT/0276/14, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) confirmed that flexibility clauses in employment contracts which seek to give employers the right to make...more

Post Termination Restrictions: Always Consider Consideration

The recent case of Re-Use Collections Ltd v Sendall [2014] EWHC 3852 (QB) is a timely reminder to employers everywhere of the importance of providing meaningful consideration when attempting to tie-up existing employees with...more

Is Anything Fishy With The SEC’s Whistleblower Inquiries?

Yesterday, Rachel Louise Ensign of The Wall Street Journal wrote that the SEC recently sent letters “to a number of companies asking for years of nondisclosure agreements, employment contracts and other documents”.  According...more

The Courts Continue to Debate Restrictive Covenant Enforcement in Illinois – UPDATED 2/20

From time to time, other attorneys with our firm will contribute blog posts on items that may be of interest to members of the labor and employment law community. Today, we are fortunate to have a post contributed by Jason...more

The Changing Face of Employment Arbitration Agreements in California

Arbitration. A simple word, but one that, in the context of employment agreements, was typically a “dirty” word in the eyes of California courts. Indeed, for many years, state courts could be seen as openly hostile to...more

New York Court Refuses to Enforce Agreement's Covenant Not to Compete Where Employer Breached the Agreement First

The right to enforce a covenant not to compete may be lost when the employer first violates the terms of the same agreement, says a New York appeals court. In Fewer v. GFI Grp. Inc. et al., 124 A.D.3d 457, 2015 WL 176227...more

Flexibility Clauses: Worth the Paper They’re Written On?

A recent decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (Norman & Others v National Audit Office [2014] UKEAT 0276/14/1512) has emphasised the need for employers to ensure that “flexibility clauses” are drafted unambiguously and...more

Cunningham v. Feinberg: Virginia Employers May be Answerable in Maryland Courts for Unpaid Wages

In a case with potential significance for many Virginia employers, the Court of Appeals of Maryland recently decided in Cunningham v. Feinberg that the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law (“MWPCL”) may be applicable to...more

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