When sued by a former employee for wrongful termination, many employers feel that the best defense is a strong offense and want to attack back with a cross-complaint. But is this a good game plan? Continue reading
Every employment attorney at some point will be asked either to conduct or assist with a workplace investigation. Attorneys taking on this role will need to act as a neutral fact finder and refrain from zealous advocacy, a change a pace for many. Continue reading
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Poaching employees from a rival company has risks. So does agreeing with your rivals not to poach employees from each other. Potential poachers beware… Continue reading
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Just in case employers have forgotten how critical it is to avoid and properly handle harassment claims, the recent $1.5 million settlement against JPMorgan should serve as a reminder. Advise all employers to take action and have a plan to protect employees and minimize harassment claims. Continue reading
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If you represent businesses, you know how important it is to protect their trade secrets. A crucial part of that effort is developing and implementing a trade secret protection plan. Specific company needs may vary, and plans have to be crafted with those needs in mind, but some elements should be included in any trade secret protection plan. Continue reading
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With love in the air on this Valentine’s Day, here’s a friendly reminder to keep it under check in the workplace. Preferring a lover over others at work may be a natural inclination, but it can lead to a sexual harassment claim. Continue reading
Attorneys representing start-ups are presented with a wide-range of tasks to do. If you find yourself drafting a sick leave policy, keep these guidelines handy so you don’t miss any essential steps.
For employers, the disability accommodation process can be complicated and time-consuming. It’s important that company representatives have a clear view of the common “big picture” issues that come up during the process. Continue reading
Much of our economy today uses electronic technology, so it seemed inevitable that employers would look into electronic pay. Continue reading
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Providing frank feedback to employees can be difficult for even the most experienced human resources personnel. The process is more difficult if an employee is having performance problems that require correction. Don’t ignore the problems; set up a plan.