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Under Construction - December 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the final 2017 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. It is hard to believe that 2018 is right around the corner! In this issue, we highlight several topics affecting the...more

FRANCHISEE 101: All in the Family

by Lewitt Hackman on

Some creativity can help in passing a former franchised business to the next generation, particularly if the franchisor has no part in the franchisee's succession plan. A federal court in Nebraska preliminarily enjoined...more

Non-Compete and Trade Secret Law in Utah: What’s Changed, What Hasn’t Changed and How to Prepare for What’s Ahead

by Payne & Fears on

The general rule in the United States has historically permitted non-competition agreements when they are reasonable in time and geographic scope. California has been the leading exception. Business and Professions Code...more

New Jersey Bill Seeks to Significantly Restrict the Use and Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements

On November 9, 2017, the New Jersey Senate introduced Senate Bill 3518, which would drastically limit an employer’s ability to enter into, and subsequently enforce, restrictive covenants (or “non-compete” agreements) with...more

Be Careful When Using Liquidated Damages with Your Non-Compete Clause

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

As I have counseled many clients, a non-compete provision is different than most other contractual terms, because simply having mutual consent and consideration will not automatically render it enforceable for reasons of...more

District Court Case Highlights Advantages of ERISA Severance Plans

by Hogan Lovells on

Specialists have long touted certain significant advantages to employers that come along with maintaining ERISA severance plans, and a recent district court case highlights some of these advantages....more

Pair of NLRB ALJ Decisions Find Unions Violated NLRA

by Proskauer - Labor Relations on

It is mid-November, and the Board is at a full complement, and even has a new General Counsel. While we haven’t seen anything significant (or really, anything at all) come out of the newly constituted Board we know the new...more

France: Macron's Reforms to the French Labor Code

by White & Case LLP on

The long-awaited reform of French employment law is now on track. France is reforming its French Labor Code - a touchstone of French economic life for over a century — the centerpiece of a promise to revitalize the French...more

Courts Will Not Sever Defective Termination Provisions

by Bennett Jones LLP on

North v Metaswitch Networks Corporation, 2017 ONCA 790 [Metaswitch] is the latest in a series of employee-friendly appellate level decisions where a contractual termination provision is not enforced. The Ontario Court of...more

The Macron Ordinances - Topic 1: New Rules on Dismissals

by White & Case LLP on

New rules to reform French employment law, as announced in our previous client alert of September 19th, 2017, have been published in the French official journal on September 23rd, 2017. Some measures are immediately...more

Arbitrator Awards $40 Million in Gender and Sexual Orientation Case

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employers face several trade-offs when considering the implementation of mandatory arbitration policies. One of the positive attributes of arbitration, from an employer’s perspective, is the avoidance of a runaway jury award....more

Stone walls (and policies) do a prison make: UDC bound by its rules

by Kirton McConkie PC on

PERSONNEL POLICIES - While sitting in prison in 1642, the English poet Richard Lovelace penned his most famous lines: “Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.” While Lovelace’s words about the nature and...more

Oral Contract Upheld in California Despite Offer Letter Purporting to Supersede It

Does an employment offer letter that expressly supersedes any oral statements on the part of supervisors concerning conditions of employment preclude verbal wage promises made after the employee is hired? Chen v. M&C Hotel...more

LinkedIn Over Her Head: When Broadcasting a Change in Employment Counts as Solicitation

by Fisher Phillips on

A recent blog post discussed an Illinois state court decision evaluating an employer’s claim against a former employee for breach of a non-solicitation agreement, when the employee had added former co-workers on LinkedIn...more

Swimming Pool Company’s Non-Compete Claim Takes a Dive

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

When a company believes that an employee has breached a non-compete agreement by going to work for a competitor, one remedy it can seek is a preliminary injunction. A preliminary injunction is meant to preserve the status quo...more

It’s time to think about arbitration agreements again following recent $15 million+ employee verdicts

Jury panels in the Los Angeles Superior Court (which is often referred to as “The Bank” by the plaintiffs’ bar) have recently delivered multimillion-dollar verdicts to former-employee plaintiffs. Many employers doing business...more

Non-compete post-termination restrictions: de minimis carve-out - Tillman v. Egon Zehnder Limited

by Dentons on

We considered the case of Tillman in our last edition of the newsletter but it's back again. Ms Tillman has successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal, which has made a finding that her non-compete restriction was...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act: Recent Developments Raise Questions About Inadvertent Disclosure

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), signed into law last year by President Obama, revolutionized intellectual property law by creating a new civil cause of action permitting trade secret owners to sue for misappropriation...more

LinkedOut: Court finds Ex-Employee Likely Violated Non-Solicitation Provision with LinkedIn Post

The use of social media sites, like LinkedIn, can be a helpful tool to reach a customer base. But a recent district court case out of Minnesota exemplifies the need to ensure that LinkedIn usage complies with the user’s...more

DTSA and Ex Parte Seizure – Lessons From The First Ex Parte Seizure Under The DTSA

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Ex Parte Seizure mechanism allows victims of trade secret misappropriation to quickly prevent further dissemination of confidential information by asking a court to direct federal marshals...more

New York Appellate Decision Questions Enforceability of Employee Non-Compete Agreements, Demonstrates Need for Employers to...

by Wilson Elser on

For more than a century, New York courts have been enforcing employee non-compete agreements, despite expressing their disfavor of these agreements and related enforcement challenges. In New York, as in many states,...more

D.C. Circuit Provides Additional Support For Specialty Healthcare, Union-Friendly Micro-Units

by Benesch on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has sided with the National Labor Relations Board in affirming the union-friendly practice of “micro-unit” organizing. The D.C. Circuit’s opinion issued in Rhino v. NLRB is...more

Terminated Employee Awarded Aggravated Damages for Employer's Conduct

by Field Law on

Termination of employment can cause an employee a great deal of hardship. This is especially true when allegations of misconduct and insubordination are at play. The case of Lalonde v. Sena Solid Waste Holdings Inc, 2017 ABQB...more

Defending Employers’ Access to Legal Advice: Comments Filed Supporting DOL’s Rescission of Controversial Persuader Rule

August 11, 2017, was the deadline for interested parties to submit comments regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposal to formally rescind its controversial persuader rule, which was issued in 2016 under the...more

Recent Developments Regarding Noncompete Agreements

by Payne & Fears on

There is no question that noncompete agreements in California employment contracts are generally unenforceable. Many other states, however, may enforce such agreements if they are “reasonable” in duration and geographic...more

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