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Top 10 Issues for Employers, Issue #7: Obligations When Terminating Without Cause

This is the seventh instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series. This issue addresses termination entitlements upon a “without cause” dismissal. OVERVIEW - Understanding an employee’s entitlements upon a...more

Does your employment agreement clearly address post-termination benefit entitlements?

An employee’s entitlement to benefits, such as bonus or incentive plan payments, following the termination of his or her employment is an important consideration that should be addressed at the commencement of the employment...more

Utah employee had no constitutional right to continued employment

Public employees who have a right to continued employ­ment enjoy constitutional due-process protections that run-of-the-mill at-will employees do not. How can a public employer know if one of its employees enjoys...more

Alberta Law Clarified on Scope of Good Faith in Contract and Incentive Pay Eligibility

Styles v. Alberta Investment Management Corporation, 2017 ABCA 1 (Styles) was the first decision rendered by the Court of Appeal of Alberta in 2017, and contains some noteworthy ramifications for employers. This case dealt...more

Workwise: 5 Tips to Avoid Constructive Dismissal Claims

A constructive dismissal claim arises when an employer unilaterally changes a fundamental term of the employment agreement and, while the employer has not directly terminated the employee, the employee feels as though they...more

Is This The Definitive Word on Termination Provisions/Consideration?

A series of Ontario cases dating back to 2012 has put into issue the question of what does, or doesn’t, make a termination provision enforceable.  After a number of recent employer-friendly decisions, the Ontario Court of...more

New York Appellate Court Declines to Enforce Noncompetes Against Employees Terminated Without Cause

A recent decision by the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division for the First Department, Buchanan Capital Markets, LLC v. DeLucca, 144 A.D.3d 508 (1st Dep’t. 2016), suggests that noncompetition restrictions against...more

The Future of Noncompetition Agreements in Massachusetts and Beyond

The landscape of employee noncompetition (noncompete) agreements is in flux: most states allow such agreements and many states have enacted legislation that governs them. In Massachusetts, the legislature has considered...more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in...more

The SEC Expands Enforcement Program Based Upon Standard Corporate Separation Agreements

We have alerted you on two prior occasions regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) imposing substantial fines and other penalties based solely on “boilerplate” language commonly found in corporate severance...more

Liquidated Damages: A Tool for Teacher Retention?

A common struggle for school districts across Wisconsin is how to attract and retain quality teachers and administrative staff. In a post-Act 10 world where districts are free to recruit the best and the brightest from their...more

Termination Clause Enforced: Oudin and the Supreme Court of Canada

In Canada, termination clauses in employment agreements are critical tools that allow an employer to avoid providing reasonable notice of termination under the common law.  Each year there are numerous court decisions on this...more

Reliance on the Employment Contract–AKA "But It's Not Fair"

Canadian courts have often been swayed by arguments of fairness from plaintiff employees regarding the interpretation of their employment contracts in an employment dispute. There has been a general judicial recognition of...more

What Does “At-Will” Employment Mean?

Most Arizona employers are aware that Arizona is an “at-will” employment state. However, many do not understand what that means. In short, it means that an employee can be terminated for any reason or no reason, except a...more

In Bizarre Procedural Posture, Ninth Circuit Finds FCRA Willful Violation

In Syed v. M-I, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that combining a liability waiver and a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) disclosure in an employment application constitutes a willful...more

Modern Whistleblower Retaliation Risk Require a Modern Framework

If compliance officers ever needed one more sign about the importance of anti-retaliation programs, it arrived on September 29, 2016. On that day, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC ) fined a company that makes...more

Puerto Rico Approves Major Reform of its Employment Laws

On January 26, 2017, the Governor of Puerto Rico approved the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (“the Act"). The Act makes substantial changes to virtually all existing Puerto Rico employment laws, including those...more

Comprehensive Massachusetts Employment Law Guide

Drafting Employment Applications in Massachusetts - Massachusetts Job Application Requirements - Several Massachusetts laws govern the information that employers must include in their written job applications....more

Game-Changer on Enforcement of New York Non-Compete Agreements

In a recent decision in Buchanan Capital Markets LLC v. DeLucca, an appellate court in Manhattan placed the enforceability of non-compete agreements in jeopardy for New York employers. Non-competition agreements generally are...more

How Employment Agreements Can Protect An Employer's Intellectual Property And Defend Against Claims of Misappropriation

At approximately 4.6%, the current national unemployment rate is lower than it has been since before the 2008 recession. Generally speaking, this means that companies are hiring new employees. While hiring new employees is...more

CitySprint courier delivered employee status by employment tribunal

In another case focusing on the gig economy, the London Central Employment Tribunal has ruled that a CitySprint bike courier was a worker under the Employment Rights Act 1996. In Dewhurst v CitySprint UK Ltd, the...more

Probationary Periods: A Window Worth Closing

Probationary periods are a tool long used to test the viability of job candidates. They can provide a window into an employee’s suitability and qualifications for a position. In an economy that continues to have high...more

2017 California Employment Law Update

Below are some of the new laws going into effect this year that affect the construction industry. Unless otherwise noted, the laws go into effect on January 1, 2017....more

Texas Appellate Court Holds Condition Subsequent in Noncompete Agreement Excused Former Employee’s Competitive Activities

A Texas Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment last month in favor of an ex-employee declaring that a noncompete clause in an asset purchase agreement and separate noncompete agreement did not bar him from competing...more

Termination of Employment Contracts for Misconduct: Practical Guidelines

The observations of the Singapore Court of Appeal (“CA”) in a coda to their judgment in Phosagro Asia Pte Ltd v Piattachanine, Iouri [2016] 5 SLR 1052 (“Phosagro”) raise some practical considerations for employers to bear in...more

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