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4 Tips to Protect Trade Secrets and Confidential Information When Terminating Employees

4 Tips to Protect Trade Secrets and Confidential Information When Terminating Employees

By: Stan Hill

Employers may face risks of departing employees, particularly involuntarily terminated employees, taking the employer’s confidential information or trade secrets with them when they leave.  Putting aside  the employee’s motivation—a desire to compete, spite, or something else entirely—employers should consider protective measures to limit, if not completely cut off, an employee’s access to confidential information and trade secrets attendant to termination of employment.

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Here we go again: NLRB Announces Proposed Rule to Restore Traditional Joint-Employer Standard

Here we go again: NLRB Announces Proposed Rule to Restore Traditional Joint-Employer Standard

By: Cary Burke

On September 14, 2018, a three-member majority of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) comprised of Members William Emanuel, John Ring, and Marvin Kaplan published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would restore the Board’s joint-employer standard as it existed prior to the 2015 Browning-Ferris decision

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Navigating FMLA: May An Employee Be Entitled to Leave Beyond 12 Weeks?

Navigating FMLA: May An Employee Be Entitled to Leave Beyond 12 Weeks?

By: Thomas E. Reddin and Henry J. Thomas

In certain circumstances, an employee may begin a leave of absence prior to being eligible to take leave pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). What if, during the employee’s leave, she subsequently reaches her FMLA eligibility date?

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Back to School Edition: School-Related Parental Leave Laws

Back to School Edition: School-Related Parental Leave Laws

By: Jason Plowman

It’s that time again! The annual run for school supplies, shopping for back to school clothes, and . . . time to review state laws covering school-related parental leave? As kids hurry off to new classrooms throughout the country, employers may notice an uptick in time-off requests for school-related events. Employers should be aware that several states (currently nine states and the District of Columbia) have laws authorizing leave time for parents to attend school functions. California’s law is most generous, providing up to 40 hours per year (but no more than 8 hours per month) to participate in children’s educational activities.

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