Tag Archives: Trade secrets

Emails – An Essential Tool That Can Make You Look Like a Fool

Ver la versión en español aquí Politics aside, the emails which the President’s son recently published serve as a reminder that email is a very powerful tool – one that can be both beneficial and detrimental.  The President’s son has admitted that, in hindsight, he should have handled the situation differently.  He’s probably referring both … Continue Reading

Cyberattack: All Eyes on HR

Ransomware attacks are on the rise. Tuesday, a massive ransomware attack hit global businesses around the world. Last month, the worldwide cyberattack WannaCry affected more than 300,000 computers in over 150 countries. These are just the latest in a string of cybersecurity incidents that have threatened not only the confidentiality of company information, but the … Continue Reading

Top Takeaways from Our 27th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar

Ver la versión en español aquí Another successful seminar in the books! Thank you to the nearly 400 attendees who came from near and far. We hope you were able to get a “glimpse into the future” of Labor & Employment law. Check out our Facebook album with photos from the event to see if you can spot yourself or your … Continue Reading

REGISTRATION OPEN! 27th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar

I cannot believe another year has come and gone! We are quickly approaching our 27th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar. Join us Friday, May 19th from 8am-4pm at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami as we “Predict the Future” and discuss what awaits employers in 2017. Mark your calendars now because this year’s seminar is not to … Continue Reading

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

Ver la versión en español aquí 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 … Continue Reading

Ambushed by Public Records Act Trolls: The Risk of Exposure for Private Companies

Ver la versión en español aquí It’s Friday, nearly 5 o’clock and you’re getting ready to go home. A stranger appears at your office waiving a copy of the Florida Public Records Act, demanding to see your company’s records. You explain that “this is a private company and not subject to the Public Records Act”. … Continue Reading

Non-Compete Agreements Under Fire by the White House?

Ver la versión en español aquí Not really. On October 25, 2016, the White House issued a call to action urging states to reform their non-compete laws.  The call to action acknowledges that non-compete agreements are appropriate in certain circumstances, (for example, to protect trade secrets), but expressed the view that employers are, in many instances, … Continue Reading

Employment is Now-But is a Separation Agreement Still Forever?

Ver la versión en español aquí It’s time!  An employee needs to go.   The departure needs to be a clean break with no threat of future litigation.   A severance pay agreement, in exchange for a promise to never bring a claim against the company or speak ill of the company, looks like a good idea. … Continue Reading

Non-Compete Agreements Under Attack

Ver la versión en español aquí “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 … Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About a New Federal Law to Protect Trade Secrets

Ver la versión en español aquí And people say Congress and the White House can’t agree on anything. Last week, by a vote of 410-2, the US House of Representatives passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act.  The Act will become law.  It has already been unanimously approved by the Senate and President Obama has indicated he will … Continue Reading

Law Would Ban Florida Employers from “E-Stalking”

Ver la versión en español aquí Not long ago, we blogged about social media as a blessing and a curse for employers.  On the one hand, social media helps businesses market products and services; on the other, social media provides employees with an easily-accessible platform to draw negative attention to the business. To prevent (or minimize) … Continue Reading

TOP SECRET Takeaways from Our 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar

Ver la versión en español aquí Our 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar is a wrap. Wow, 25 years goes by in the blink of an eye! Each year, our seminar continues to grow. Thank you to the attendees who have been with us from the beginning and the newcomers who attended for their first time this year.  With over … Continue Reading

Who Doesn’t Like Non-Competes?

Ver la versión en español aquí 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 … Continue Reading

REGISTRATION OPEN! 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar

Ver la versión en español aquí Wow, how time flies! We are quickly approaching our 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar this Spring. Mark your calendars now because this year’s seminar is not to be missed! Join us on Friday, May 8th from 8 am-4:00 pm at the InterContinental Miami hotel as we reveal … Continue Reading

California and Non-Compete Agreements – What Can You Do?

Ver la versión en español aquí Since 1872, the California Supreme Court has applied a bright-line mandate holding covenants not to compete invalid and unenforceable, unless the covenant is being sought as a means to protect goodwill in connection with the sale of a business. California’s Business and Professions Code permits an exception to the … Continue Reading

Employers Pay for Antitrust “Conspiracies”

Ver la versión en español aquí Employers who agree not to poach each other’s workers may face substantial monetary exposure. This was the lesson learned the hard way by tech powerhouses Adobe, Apple, Google and Intel in a recent California antitrust class action suit. The Silicon Valley giants and other defendants were sued in a … Continue Reading

Effective Use of Non-Compete Agreements

As recently reported by The New York Times, non-compete agreements are popping-up in a wide array of businesses to protect varied business interests. As businesses have come to recognize, non-competes are not limited to protection against disclosure of a “top secret” formula, process, or technological invention.  A properly drafted non-compete agreement may have much wider … Continue Reading

NLRB’s Acting General Counsel Provides Do’s and Don’ts for Social Media Policies

The National Labor Relations Board Acting General Counsel Lafe E. Solomon issued his third report on employees’ social media use on May 30.  We previously blogged about the first report (see NLRB Issues Guidance on Social Media Policies) and several other NLRB cases involving social media. This recent report focuses on the lawfulness of several … Continue Reading

Polygraphing Employees – A Recent Eleventh Circuit Case Serves as a Refresher

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision addressing an employer’s requirements under the Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988 (EPPA).  The decision, Cummings v. Washington Mutual, is the first in recent memory from a court with jurisdiction over Florida. Before discussing the case, we provide a quick refresher on EPPA.  Generally, the … Continue Reading
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