Archive for 'Employment-at-Will / Restrictive Covenants'

Restrictive covenants pose many issues for employers. Employers want to enforce the covenants they paid for, but former employees often claim those covenants are not enforceable because they are not reasonable in time, scope, or geographical limits.  While those issues alone are enough to give an employer a headache, another common question arises when an […]

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In May 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) was signed into law. It amends the Economic Espionage Act, creating a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation claims. Panera, LLC, the company that operates the well-known Panera Bread cafes, is one of the first companies to assert claims under this new law. […]

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In a blow to legalized marijuana advocates but a move that is sure to please employers, the Colorado Supreme Court recently ruled that a company could lawfully fire an employee who used medical marijuana on his personal time. The legal status of marijuana, and medical marijuana in particular, remains hazy. While more and more states […]

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Many employers prefer to arbitrate employment disputes to save on legal expenses and bad publicity. Employees, however, often want to litigate in court in hopes of receiving a sympathetic jury.  So how does an employer get an employee to agree to arbitrate when they do not have a written employment agreement?  The 9th Circuit has […]

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Do your employees have profiles on LinkedIn?  Are they connected to your customers?  Must they “unfriend” your customers if they ever left your company?  Maybe not!  In Cellular Accessories for Less, Inc. v. Trinitas LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130518 (C.D. Cal. Sept. 16, 2014), a federal court ruled that whether a terminated employee who […]

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