Employers gain new weapon to protect their trade secrets

President Obama last month signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act.

Ensure new employees aren't bound by noncompetes


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take prudent steps to protect trade secrets

In most states, employers can prohibit current and former employees from sharing trade secrets. But, for something to become a trade secret, it must be treated as confidential in the first place.

Proposed regs issued for fed contractors' paid sick leave

Last fall, President Obama signed Executive Order 13706, requiring most large federal contractors and subcontractors to provide at least seven paid sick days per year to employees working on federal contracts.

Equal pay lawsuit? Explain the real reasons why you pay some employees more

Employers facing Equal Pay Act claims have a basic defense: That pay differentials an employee says are based on sex are actually the result of other factors.

Lawsuit deadline depends on when real impact occurred

If you use a testing list to make hiring or promotion decisions, know that the date you announce the list doesn’t count towards any statute of limitations. Instead, the date of the first promotion or hire starts the clock ticking.

Is it a trend? Another California court modifies arbitration agreement instead of tossing it out

A California appeals court has decided that, rather than tossing out an arbitration agreement, it would delete the parts it found unconscionable and then send the case to arbitration.

Whistleblower lawyer says company dodged taxes

An attorney who once worked for Valley Forge, Pa.-based investment firm Vanguard claims the company charges its affiliates artificially low management fees, which illegally reduces its own tax burden.

That air-tight arbitration clause? It might not stop class-action after all


A federal magistrate has ordered notifications sent to a large group of employees inviting them to join in a Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit.

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