Articles in Employment & Labor

How Companies Address #MeToo Claims in Executive Employment Agreements Matter

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In a recent working paper, researchers at UCLA and the University of Amsterdam determined that a single sexual harassment claim can cause more damage to a company’s reputation than financial misconduct or fraud. In this #MeToo era, it’s no surprise that companies are nervous about sexual harassment. On the more positive side, the academic paper also found that how a Read More

Concern for employers as Court of Appeal uphold Morrisons data breach ruling

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Is an employer liable in damages to employees whose personal and confidential information has been criminally misused by another employee in breach of data protection laws and obligations of confidence? Yes, said the Court of Appeal in William Morrison Supermarkets plc v various claimants. Mr Skelton (S), an internal auditor with Morrisons, aggrieved by disciplinary action taken against him, posted Read More

We should all do our bit for trustee diversity

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Charities and employers both have a role to play in encouraging and supporting young trustees. A welcome aspect of this year’s Trustees’ Week on 12-17 November is the focus on youth - in particular the ‘Young Trustee’ campaign to get 250 charities to pledge to recruit a young person to their board. The need for an initiative like this was Read More

Employers Beware: Using Employee Non-Solicitation Clauses May Violate California Law

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A California Court of Appeal on November 1, 2018, affirmed a San Diego trial court’s judgment voiding post-employment non-solicitation of employee contract provisions and enjoining their enforcement. In AMN v. Aya Healthcare __ Cal. App. 4th __, 2018 WL 5669154, the Court also confirmed the award of attorney’s fees to the prevailing former employees and their new employer under California Code of Read More

Recent Growth in the Boston Area Life Sciences Ecosystem

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The life sciences ecosystem in Boston is flourishing at a prolific pace. Boston is the mecca of strong universities coupled with some of the top teaching hospitals in the country, producing imaginative, intelligent individuals with science and medical backgrounds. These researchers and entrepreneurs are driven to launch the latest groundbreaking ideas and devices to fight diseases, develop cures, and challenge Read More

Do employees want the right to disconnect?

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On both sides of the Atlantic, there are growing calls to give employees the right to ignore out-of-hours work calls and emails. In France, organisations with more than 50 workers are obliged to negotiate on employees’ rights to ignore their smartphones and other devices outside working hours. And New York City Council is considering a law that would ban private Read More

Employee Ownership is a great boost for business and fully backed by Scottish Government

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This article on employee ownership by Douglas Roberts from our Corporate and Commercial team was featured in the Scotsman on Monday 1 October. Employee ownership offers great solutions for business owners looking to improve performance or plan for the future. The Scottish Government is doing the right thing by backing it, writes Douglas Roberts The Scottish Government recently announced a Read More

What California’s New Law on Female Board Members May Mean For Your Public Company

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There has been a significant amount of media coverage of a landmark California bill recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown mandating female representation on corporate boards of directors of public companies located in California. SB 826 was written broadly, encompassing a wide array of public companies whose principal offices are located in California, including those incorporated elsewhere, such Read More

Got New York Employees? Take Note of New Sexual Harassment Prevention Laws

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The #MeToo movement has sparked a renewed focus on targeting and eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace, and the state of New York has adopted new sexual harassment prevention laws in an effort to be a national leader in the area. Most notably, the new laws require that all New York employers—even those with only one New York employee—must adopt Read More

New York Releases Final Training and Policy Models Related to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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The New York State Department of Labor (“DOL”), in consultation with the New York State Division of Human Rights (“SDHR”), has released the final version of its guidance relating to New York State’s anti-sexual harassment laws. See New York State’s website, Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. As New York State has now finalized the guidance and related requirements, employers will need to Read More