EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS

Simple list of customers doesn't count as trade secret

06/22/2016
Under California law, not every work product amounts to a trade secret. For example, an ordinary customer list with information generally available through open sources isn’t subject to protection.

Arbitration agreement may not be bulletproof

06/22/2016
Bad news for employers that hope arbitration agreements might limit the cost and time required to resolve employment disputes.

Opening salvo fired in big 'joint employer' lawsuit against NLRB

06/20/2016
The National Labor Relations Board’s new joint employer standard violates the National Labor Relations Act, according to opening briefs filed by Browning-Ferris Industries in a closely watched lawsuit that seeks to overturn a major NLRB decision.

Commerce Department report tries to define 'sharing economy'

06/15/2016
For several years, we have somewhat vaguely referred to the “sharing economy” when discussing such enterprises as the Uber and Lyft ride-hailing services, online errand-running brokerage TaskRabbit and ad hoc hospitality matchmaker Airbnb.

Harrisburg union official sentenced for wire fraud

06/03/2016
The former president of a Pennsyl­vania state employees union has been sentenced to house arrest and probation after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges.

Pharma scientists indicted for stealing trade secrets

06/03/2016
Two GlaxoSmithKline scientists, one from Pennsylvania, are among five people charged with stealing trade secrets related to an anti-cancer drug the pharmaceutical giant is developing.

Doubtful accommodations? Let employee try anyway

05/31/2016
Refusing to consider an ADA accommodation can spell big legal trouble. Give disabled workers a chance to prove they can do the job.

Employers gain new weapon to protect their trade secrets

05/27/2016
President Obama last month signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act.

Ensure new employees aren't bound by noncompetes

05/27/2016

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has said that a former employer may re­­ceive an injunction against a former em­­ployee who works for a competitor when the employee had signed a clear but limited agreement not to compete.

Don't let simplest error derail arbitration: Make sure agreement was signed

05/27/2016
California employers who want to bind their workers to arbitration have to jump through a number of hoops. For one thing, you need to produce an agreement signed by the employee.

Employee quits, then emails docs to herself? That's not theft, but may be something more

05/13/2016
A federal court has rejected an employer’s claim that by emailing a series of documents to herself before quitting, a former employee committed theft.

Making employee a 'corporation' doesn't make her an independent contractor

05/09/2016
A court has dismissed a company’s assertion that a former employee now working and being paid as a corporation means the employee was no longer an employee.

Predictable scheduling picks up steam

04/26/2016
State attorneys general want to know what major retailers are doing to make their employees’ work lives more predictable.

Immigration status doesn't make arbitration invalid

04/22/2016
A federal judge has ordered a case to arbitration despite an employee’s argument that it was invalid partly because of his status as an undocumented worker.

Court decides to modify parts of arbitration agreement instead of throwing it all out

04/22/2016
A federal court has stricken unconscionable parts of an arbitration agreement and ordered arbitration of the remaining parts.
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