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Theft of Confidential Information: Pfizer’s Wiser, Are You?

Did she really think she’d get away with misappropriating 600 files from her former employer by surreptitiously downloading them onto a USB drive?  That’s what a former global marketing executive for Pfizer recently did just before she resigned.  Oh, and she apparently also sent to her personal email account a few dozen emails containing Pfizer’s trade … Continue Reading

Halloween Costumes at Work Could be “Tricky”

At the risk of reinforcing the notion of lawyers and human resources professionals as being the “no fun” bunch, we offer some practical tips to avoiding the unsuspecting tricks employers may experience after treating employees to Halloween cheer.  First, while many will revel in the opportunity to wear a costume to work and to enjoy … Continue Reading

Non-Compete Agreements Under Attack

“I‘m in Competition with Myself and Losing.” – Roger Waters Agreements restricting employees’ ability to compete against their employers are commonplace in the American workplace.  They serve as an effective means by which employers can protect their legitimate business interests in, among other things, their customer relationships, their trade secrets and intellectual property as well … Continue Reading

Chopping Down Workplace Cherry Trees

We all recall the myth of George Washington and the Cherry Tree.  Washington told his father that he could not tell a lie and that he had in fact tried to chop down his father’s cherry tree. His father then praised young George and embraced him for his honesty.  A friend recently relayed to me … Continue Reading

Sacked by a Cell Phone: Tom Brady and the Peril of Destroying Evidence

Why is the Tom Brady saga referred to as “Deflategate”?  As many know, the penchant for adding the suffix “gate” to any scandal stems from the infamous 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters at the Watergate office complex and the Nixon Administration’s efforts to cover up its involvement.  Ultimately, President Nixon’s attempt to … Continue Reading

Who Doesn’t Like Non-Competes?

Clients sometimes ask, “Which employees should sign non-competition agreements?”   The answer from a growing number of employers seems to be “Everyone” and from employees it seems to be “No One”.  Recent news reports have commented on large retailers requiring that temporary or seasonal workers, stock room clerks and delivery personnel sign restrictive covenants – not … Continue Reading

Forms Over Substance – Fair Credit Reporting Act Authorization Form Litigation

Employers rely on background screening as part of the hiring process. Recently, numerous large, well-known employers have been accused of failing to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). Why is this happening? The issue is the legality of the forms these employers may be using to obtain applicants’ authorizations to collect background information. An employer using a third … Continue Reading
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