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Best practices in hiring to protect trade secrets

Employee mobility is a boon to employers and employees alike, but it also presents unique challenges for preserving trade secret information. Those challenges include not only preserving one’s own trade secrets on the back end, but also defending against accusations that an employee has misappropriated a former employer or third party’s IP on the front … Continue Reading

New York City amends Human Rights Law – employers must engage in “cooperative dialogue” with employees seeking accommodation

On October 15, 2018, a new amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law regarding employer obligations when responding to an employee’s potential need for a reasonable accommodation will go into effect. The amendment requires employers with four or more employees in New York City to enter into a “cooperative dialogue” with any employee … Continue Reading

Private company stock option grants: a founder’s guide to who gets what, when

In a private company setting, after the founders have been issued fully vested or restricted stock under their stock purchase agreements, the employees, consultants, advisors and directors who are subsequently hired commonly receive equity compensation through stock options. There are a number of reasons for this, including ease of administration, macro- and micro-market norms and … Continue Reading

New York State and City Anti-Harassment Laws

By Evan D. Parness In the wake of the #MeToo movement, New York State and New York City governments have passed new laws aimed at sexual harassment prevention.  Businesses with operations in New York State and/or New York City must comply with these new laws. New York City: Effective September 6, 2018, all employers in … Continue Reading

International HR and employee discipline issues in FCPA matters

When carrying out internal investigations into Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or other bribery issues, multinational employers may find themselves investigating alleged wrongdoing that occurred in more than one country. Lawyers and HR personnel, who often coordinate or directly carry out investigations overseas, need to understand that local laws, practices and cultural differences mean that … Continue Reading

Restrictive covenants: what are they and when and where can they be used

Should you be asking your employees to executive restrictive covenants to prevent them from exploiting your intellectual property, or luring away your customers or co-workers for the benefit of your competitors? Many employers answer this question with a yes. In the US, restrictive covenants are governed by state law, which can vary widely by state. … Continue Reading

The GDPR’s impact on internal investigations

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on May 25, 2018 and has necessitated major compliance efforts by corporations doing business within the EU or (in most cases) processing the personal data of EU employees or customers. However, the GDPR’s effect on corporate internal investigations – both within the EU and abroad … Continue Reading

California privacy law poised to alter US privacy landscape

For decades, US state legislatures have taken an incremental approach to privacy regulation, passing legislation that addressed specific privacy issues (eg, a host of employee privacy laws, online privacy policy requirements, SSN privacy) but rejecting bills proposing broad-based creation of new privacy rights. This pattern changed abruptly this week in California, where both houses of … Continue Reading

New York joins the #MeToo fray with sweeping legislation

Although the #MeToo movement found its roots in the entertainment industry, you would be hard-pressed to name an industry that has not seen a prominent figure fall from grace in the past eight months. Most employers have long understood that they must confront the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, but the question is … Continue Reading

New Jersey requires paid sick leave for all employees

Governor Phil Murphy has signed into law new statewide legislation requiring paid sick leave rights for employees. The new law is set to go into effect in October 2018. Click here to read more about this topic in an article written by our colleague Paul D. Erian.  … Continue Reading
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