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4 Defenses to Employee Defamation Claims

ThinkstockPhotos-469838082The Recorder reports an uptick in defamation claims by fired employees. These claims are often in the form of plaintiffs saying that their bosses gave others false reasons for their firing. These types of claims strike fear in the hearts of employers, but employers do have some powerful defenses to call upon. Continue reading

Play Fair: Guidelines for New Employees Hired from a Competitor

505283113It’s common for customers or clients to want to stick with the person who has been handling their account even when that person moves to a different company. But this situation can create serious issues around trade secrets and unfair competition. So, whenever you hire someone from a competitor, give that new employee guidelines to follow—it will save everyone legal headaches. Continue reading

Employee Poaching

477986347Poaching 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

An Overall Victory for Employers in Mixed-Motives Cases

The following is a guest blog post by Jeffrey Osofsky, an attorney at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles with a practice focusing on defending employers and individual managers against employment-based lawsuits. Mr. Osofsky wishes to thank Munger Tolles Partner Terry Sanchez for his assistance with this post.

stress_160488269California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act generally prohibits employers from basing their employment decisions on certain protected characteristics (race, sex, pregnancy, etc.). But what happens when an employer sued for discrimination can show that, despite any unlawful consideration, it would have reached the same decision about that employee anyway?  Continue reading

6 Steps to Evaluate a Wrongful Termination Case

A potential client comes to you complaining that he or she was wrongfully fired. Before jumping to grab your retainer agreement, be sure this is a case you really want to take. Continue reading

Employees on Lease

You know about leasing cars, but do you know about leasing employees? It’s generally the same idea: you get the benefits without a lot of the downsides, for a price. Continue reading

10 Things to Include in an Employer Meal Break Policy

The much-anticipated California Supreme Court’s decision in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court (Hohnbaum) (Apr. 12, 2012, S166360) came down largely on the side of employers: Among other conclusions, the court held that employers are under no obligation to ensure that workers take legally mandated meal breaks. But this doesn’t mean that employers are completely off the hook — they should still have a written policy informing employees of their rights and obligations with regard to meal periods. Continue reading

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