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Employment Law Summer Recap 2014: Part 3 of 11 – The Decision 2.0: This Time, LeBron Leaves the Right Way; Will Your Employees?

While it seems like it happened forever ago, it was just back in July when LeBron James once again held this nation captive over where he would play basketball. ...more

Fires, Rehires and Non-Competition Agreements: Termination of Employment, No Matter How Brief, May Start the Clock to Run

An Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that an employer cannot enforce a two year non-compete agreement against an employee who was fired for just 10 days and then rehired because the termination was treated as permanent and...more

Tortious Interference in Virginia – Improper Methods Requirement

The U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia says a company that hired away a competitor’s employees may be liable for tortious interference. This can occur with an at-will business contract without the need...more

Restrictive Covenants and the Cross-Border Employer

In most U.S. states employers are free to bind employees with restrictive covenants – which commonly take the form of post-employment restrictions on soliciting clients or employees – as a condition of employment. The wide...more

Prepare To Consider Your Former Employees Your New Competition

There’s nothing that gets employers more fired up than a former employee jumping ship to join a competitor. But, in an effort to prevent such future angst, you’ve had your employees sign a non-compete. You’re golden, right?...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Confirms that Valuable Consideration Required for Non-Compete Agreement Entered Into After...

Through its decision in Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc., No. 1223, 2014 WL 1898584 (Pa. Super. Ct. May 13, 2014), the Pennsylvania Superior Court has confirmed that a restrictive covenant entered into after the...more

My Non-Compete, Your Salary: Words Of Caution For Business Owners And Employees

Without the ability to enforce it, a non-competition agreement can turn worthless, or ? perhaps far worse ? extremely expensive for an employer whose chooses to file litigation against a former employee. One area that can...more

What Happens at Work Stays at Work – The California Employer’s Approach To A National Program for Restrictive Covenants and Trade...

In This Presentation: The California Landscape: A Refresher - Post-Termination Non-Competes – Unenforceable under Bus. & Prof. Code §16600 and Edwards v. Arthur Andersen – Other jurisdictions may...more

Pennsylvania Employers Consider This: Continued Employment Alone Is Not Sufficient Consideration for a Noncompetition Agreement

Pennsylvania remains one of the few states that still require “new” consideration in order for an employer to bind an existing employee to a noncompetition agreement. Not only does the consideration have to be new, it must...more

Hiring Employees Who May Be Bound by Post-Employment Restrictive Covenants? Caution, Restrictions May Apply

Employers frequently want to hire talented employees who are bound by post-employment restrictive covenants (e.g., non-competes, or customer/employee non-solicitation covenants). Often, a plain reading of the prospective...more

Making The Hiring Process Work

In This Presentation: - Using Social Media in Hiring Decisions ..Scenario #1 - Hiring Employees with Restrictive Covenants ..Scenario #2 - Disparate Impact ..Scenario #3 - Federal...more

Act Now Advisory: Since Fifield Is Not Going Away Any Time Soon, Illinois Employers Should Consider Revising the Consideration...

In June 2013, the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District (i.e., Cook County) held that, absent other consideration, two years of employment is required for a restrictive covenant to be deemed supported by adequate...more

Missouri Employers Need to be Careful in Drafting Non-Competes

Noncompete agreements?and their enforceability?have been making headlines lately. While Missouri courts continue to generally enforce properly drafted and reasonable non-compete, non-solicit and non-disclosure agreements,...more

December 2013's review of the year

Sandra Wallace, Partner and Employment group head, highlights the most important legislative and case law developments from 2013 and identifies the key cases to watch out for in 2014. ...more

Globalizing in Hong Kong

With dynamic soaring towers, elaborate bright lights, and heart warming traditional customs, Hong Kong’s enigmatic economic and business climate serves as a financial capital for all industries, companies, and firms. Indeed,...more

In Harnett, First Circuit Rejects Bright Line "First Contact" Rule for Non-Solicitation Agreement

In a decision involving the “first contact” rule with respect to non-solicitation agreements, the First Circuit, in Corporate Technologies v. Harnett, rejected a bright line application and upheld a ruling of tortious...more

Trade-Secrets and the Departing Employee

Concerned about departing employees who might have confidential information about your business and clients? Or maybe you are the ex-employee and you are unsure of where the line is drawn when departing one job to start...more

With Fifield, Illinois now poses onerous consideration rules – what this means for your noncompetes

Two years is a long time for an employee to stay in one place. According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, over one quarter of all US jobs have tenures of less than two years. ...more

Enforceability of Non-Competes Limited by Illinois Court Decision

Illinois non-compete agreements are unenforceable absent consideration (i.e. payment) in addition to the employee’s hiring or retention for continuing employment, under the Appellate Court’s decision in Fifield v. Premier...more

Take 5 Newsletter: Restrictive Covenants, Federal Trade Secret Enforcement Initiative, Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Liability for...

In the area of trade secrets and non-compete law, there continue to be notable developments at the state and federal levels. Here are five recent ones. ...more

Restrictive Covenant Alert – Two-Year Employment ‘Rule’

In a recent restrictive covenant case, the court’s apparent announcement of a two-year employment “rule,” which would apply whether (i) the employee resigned or was terminated, and/or (ii) the covenant was signed at the...more

Departing Investment Advisors: An Update Since the Supreme Court's Decision in RBC v. Merrill Lynch

The Departure of an Investment Advisor - The departure of an investment advisor (IA) raises a number of serious and often conflicting considerations. For the IA, a departure could mean uncertainty in terms of earning a...more

NJ Lawmakers: Invalidating Restrictive Covenants Will Assist the Unemployed

Citing the state’s jobless rate, three New Jersey state assemblymen are challenging the longstanding employer practice of restricting the post-employment activities of employees who are terminated or resign. On April 4, 2013,...more

Watch Your Assets Part Two: Best Practices for Protecting Confidential Information

One of the primary reasons for using a restrictive covenant agreement is to protect a company’s confidential information and trade secrets. By implementing certain behaviors, a company can significantly enhance its chances of...more

Doing Business in Canada: Employment & Labour

The relationship between an employer and an employee in Canada is heavily regulated. All jurisdictions in Canada – both federal and provincial - have enacted legislation (statutes and regulations) governing various aspects of...more

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