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How Will Courts Handle the Conflict Betw...

How Will Courts Handle the Conflict Between the “Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine” and the New Defend Trade Secrets Act?

In Panera, LLC v. Nettles, a case pending in the Eastern District of Missouri, Panera asserted claims against Michael Nettles, the Company’s former Vice President of Architecture of the Information Technology Department for misappropriation. Panera, LLC, operator of Panera Bread cafes, is one of the first companies to assert claims under the Defend Trade Secrets Act […]

Overtime Legislation – Too Little and To

Overtime Legislation – Too Little and Too Late to overcome to the DOL Final Rule

On December 1, 2016, the Final Rule updating the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) existing overtime regulations will be in effect and are predicted to extend overtime pay protections to millions of workers within the first year of implementation. The Final Rule includes a provision under which employees are eligible for overtime compensation if they work […]

What to Know about EPLI and Why Employer...

What to Know about EPLI and Why Employers Need It!

An employment lawsuit can be devastating for small and medium-sized businesses.  Employment litigation is frequently emotional and very expensive for employers. As an employment attorney representing businesses in lawsuits involving wages, discrimination and the protection of business assets, I am often asked how to deal with the costs associated with litigation. One suggestion is to […]

Women’s Rights and Pregnancy Issues are

Women’s Rights and Pregnancy Issues are a Strong Federal Focus

On June 14, 2016, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced publication of a Final Rule that sets forth the requirements that covered contractors must meet under the provisions of Executive Order 11246 prohibiting sex discrimination in employment. The Final Rule becomes effective on August 15, 2016. This Final Rule updates sex discrimination […]

FLSA Supervisor Training Just Makes Sens...

FLSA Supervisor Training Just Makes Sense

Many employers responded to rising harassment liability prudently by requiring supervisory employees to attend mandatory anti-harassment training.  And the statistical evidence suggests that supervisor training and other preventive measures have made a positive impact. For instance, recently sexual harassment charges filed with the EEOC have steadily declined each fiscal year. While sexual harassment lawsuits were the […]