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Employees Again Sue Jimmy John's Based on Hiring Restriction

A few years ago, the Jimmy John’s sandwich restaurant chain ran into problems over noncompetition agreements entered into with hourly workers at its franchisees’ stores. Several state attorneys general contended that...more

Antitrust Attacks on “No-Poach” Agreements Between Employers Accelerating

As we reported in an earlier blog post, the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice issued guidance in the waning days of the Obama administration reminding HR professionals and others that the antitrust laws could...more

DOJ: No-poach Agreements Violate Antitrust Laws, Criminal Penalties Against Companies Are On the Way

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Expect criminal indictments in the near future against companies that have agreed not to recruit or hire each other's employees. That was the strong message from Makan Delrahim, the new Assistant Attorney General for the...more

Assistant Attorney General Announces that DOJ Antitrust Division is Building Criminal Cases Against Companies for Anti-Poaching...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that the DOJ is currently developing criminal cases against companies who form agreements not to hire each...more

DOJ to Announce Criminal Enforcement Actions for “No-Poach” Agreements

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis:  Criminal prosecution of “no-poaching/no-hire” agreements appears imminent.  Employers should investigate their hiring and compensation practices to ensure compliance with recent antitrust pronouncements....more

DOJ Antitrust Division Signals Forthcoming Indictments in No-Poach Investigations

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Speaking at an antitrust conference on January 19, 2018, Makan Delrahim, the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, stated that over the next few months DOJ will be announcing indictments charging criminal...more

No-Poaching And Wage-Fixing Agreements Violate Antitrust Laws, DOJ And FTC Warn

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Antitrust laws prohibit price fixing among competing sellers, but those same laws also apply to buyers. Since every company with employees is a “buyer” of employees’ services, federal regulators are reminding businesses that...more

Are Restaurant No-Tipping Policies the Product of an Antitrust Conspiracy?

In July of 2013, Danny Meyer, the CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, tweeted that he was considering eliminating tipping at his restaurants and solicited the opinion of other restaurant owners. Meyer and others...more

Federal Trade Commission Presses Forward with Data Security Enforcement in Settlement with Uber

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On August 15, Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to settle allegations that the company deceived consumers by misrepresenting its security and employee access...more

Sixth Circuit Adds to a Growing Circuit Split; SCOTUS to Decide Scope of Employees’ Arbitration Rights

In National Labor Relations Board v. Alternative Entertainment, Inc., No. 16-1385, 2017 WL 2297620 (6th Cir. May 26, 2017), the Sixth Circuit joined the Seventh and Ninth Circuits in upholding the NLRB’s decision that barring...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

2018 AG Elections- Republican Ashley Moody Announces Bid for Florida Attorney General- Republican Ashley Moody formally announced her candidacy to become Florida AG. Moody is the third candidate to enter the 2018...more

DOJ-Antitrust Revises Guidance on Coverage of "Current" Employees in Company Leniency Agreements

by Jones Day on

The U.S. Department of Justice's ("DOJ") Antitrust Division historically has extended leniency to cooperating companies and their current employees, even "highly culpable" employees who were very involved in the price-fixing...more

European Commission Launches Competition Law Anonymous Whistleblower Tool

by Jones Day on

The European Commission has introduced a new tool to encourage individuals to disclose anticompetitive conduct on an anonymous basis. Individuals are invited to supply inside knowledge to help the Commission uncover cartels...more

THE LATEST: National Security Reviews of Foreign Ownership May Broaden

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS, commonly pronounced “syphius”) reviews M&A transactions that may pose a risk to national security through foreign control of a US business. (See our recent...more

THE LATEST: Employee “No-Poaching” Agreements Remain in the Antitrust Crosshairs

by McDermott Will & Emery on

There have been a series of investigations, class action suits and high value settlements involving agreements not to solicit employees. In addition, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division made a splash a few...more

Effective Ethics and Compliance Training

by Thomas Fox on

In a recent Slate article, entitled “Ethics Trainings Are Even Dumber Than You Think”, author L.V. Anderson railed against what she termed box-checking training where companies put on training not to actually train employees...more

Trade Secrets Litigation Likely to Surge in 2017 Under the DTSA

by Cozen O'Connor on

In 2016, Congress drastically changed trade secret law with the passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the DTSA) that creates a federal civil action for trade secret theft, and we expect plenty of trade secret...more

Noncompete Agreements: New Considerations Under Both Employment and Antitrust Law

by Cozen O'Connor on

BREAKING NEWS: There were a lot of employment law developments in 2016. In fact, there were a lot of developments in the world generally in 2016. The legal landscape when it comes to employers and employees was not any...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: December 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Overtime Rules Enjoined Nationwide - In State of Nev. v. U.S. Dep't of Labor Case No. 4:16-cv-00731-ALM, 2016 WL 6879615 (E.D. Tex. Nov. 22, 2016), a Texas district court enjoined nationwide the Department of Labor's...more

New Guidance for HR Professionals Regarding Wage-Fixing and No-Poaching Agreements Highlights New Focus on Criminal Prosecutions...

In October, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” and collectively the “Antitrust Agencies”) jointly issued new guidance for Human Resource professionals regarding...more

Health Care E-Note - November 2016

by Burr & Forman on

You just formed your medical practice inAlabama, and you either chose a professional corporation (a “PC”) or an LLC. If you went with a PC, you got to choose between an “S” corporation (“S corp”) or a “C” corporation (“C...more

Six Tips to Help HR Professionals Avoid Criminal Antitrust Liability Under New DOJ/FTC Guidance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On October 20, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly issued antitrust guidance for human resources professionals. The agencies also released a list of high-level red flags for the...more

DOJ, FTC Announce Plans to Criminally Prosecute Employers That Enter into Wage-Fixing or No-Poaching Agreements

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the fiercely competitive market for talent, human resources personnel and recruiters inevitably feel the competing pressures of offering compensation packages that are attractive to potential employees and keeping costs...more

White House Urges States to Reform Non-Competition Laws

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On October 25, 2016, the White House published a State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements urging states to reform their non-competition laws. The call to action follows an earlier report from the White House which...more

Antitrust Agencies Issue Guidance To HR Professionals Regarding Hiring and Compensation Decisions

The U.S. Antitrust Agencies (the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission) recently issued a document entitled “Antitrust Guidance For Human Resource Professionals” intended to alert HR...more

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