Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Employers Must Include New Whistleblower Immunity Notice in Confidentiality or Non-Disclosure Agreements

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) which amends the Economic Espionage Act (18 U.S.C. § 1831, et seq.). The DTSA creates a private cause of action for trade secret misappropriation under federal law and opens a direct avenue for trade secret cases to proceed […]

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New OSHA Anti-Retaliation Provision Requires Employers to Rethink Their Safety-Related Policies

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finalized new record-keeping and reporting rules that require certain employers to electronically submit information about workplace injuries and illnesses to OSHA. The electronic reporting requirements of the rule apply only to employers with 250 or more employees and to employers with between 20 and 249 employees […]

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NLRB Holds That Policy Prohibiting Recording Devices in the Workplace Violates Employees' Section 7 Rights

In a recent decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) struck down an employer’s work rule that prohibited employees from recording workplace meetings and conversations without management approval, finding that such a policy could prevent employees from engaging in protected activity, which is protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In […]

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NLRB General Counsel Issues Guidance on Employee Handbooks

On March 18, 2015, the NLRB General Counsel issued a report concerning recent cases that raise significant legal and policy issues regarding employee handbook rules.  Recently, the NLRB has been focusing on non-union employer’s handbooks and whether they violate Section 7 of the NLRA, which permits employees to discuss wages, hours, and other terms and […]

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EEOC Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

On July 14, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (“EEOC”) issued updated enforcement guidance  regarding the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) as they apply to pregnant workers. The EEOC’s guidance discusses a number of issues related to pregnancy discrimination and other pregnancy related issues and provides insight into […]

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