What Issues should Business Buyers Consider when Drafting Non-Compete Agreements with their Sellers to Comply with California Law?

What Issues should Business Buyers Consider when Drafting Non-Compete Agreements with their Sellers to Comply with California Law?

Buyers of all or parts of another business often seek to protect the value of their investments by entering into non-compete agreements with their sellers.  Courts typically favor enforcement of such sale-of-business non-compete agreements in order to protect buyers from unfair competition from sellers, and to protect the business’s goodwill for which the seller has paid as part of the...

NEW YORK’S EXPANDED WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION LAW: WHAT CHANGED IN 2022?

Sweeping amendments to New York’s whistleblower law took effect in 2022.  The law was amended to provide significantly greater protection from retaliation for individuals who raise concerns of employer wrongdoing.  The amended New York Labor Law § 740 is now one of the broadest and most powerful whistleblower laws in the U.S. How has New York’s whistleblower law changed? New...

Can Officers and Directors Be Held Individually Liable Under State Law for Causing Employers to Violate the WARN Act?

Can Officers and Directors Be Held Individually Liable Under State Law for Causing Employers to Violate the WARN Act?

In the face of recent reductions-in-force and predictions of a recession (Harriet Torry & Anthony DeBarros, Economists Now Expect a Recession, Job Losses by Next Year, Wall St. J., Oct. 16, 2022), employment lawyers are dusting off their research regarding the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, 29 U.S.C. 2101 et seq., and similar state laws (the WARN Acts). These...

What Obligations do Employers have to Provide Employees with Time off to Vote?

With the 2022 midterm elections fast approaching, and sky-high interest in voting this election cycle, more employers than ever may be considering their obligations to provide employees time off to vote.  As it stands, 29 states require employers to provide some kind of voting leave.  But with the rise in popularity of mail and early voting during the pandemic taking...

What is the EEO-1 Report and What Are My Obligations?

The EEO-1 report, commonly referred to as either “Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance Report” or simply “EEO”, is a reporting requirement for many U.S. employers. Mandated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), it aims to provide a demographic breakdown of the employer’s workforce by race/ethnicity, sex and job categories. The data submitted is kept confidential by the EEOC unless...

What Types of Pay Equity Laws Should I Be Aware of and How Can I Best Comply?

Dear QQ: I am the HR Director for a technology company.  We have offices in three states and hire employees from all over the country.  Since 2020 we have let employees work remotely from the state of their choice.  I’ve been hearing a lot about pay equity, but am not clear on the different types of laws and where they...

Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Remote Employees’ Injuries:  What Happens When Every Day Is Bring Your Child (and Pets, and Neighbors) to Work Day?

Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Remote Employees’ Injuries: What Happens When Every Day Is Bring Your Child (and Pets, and Neighbors) to Work Day?

Workers’ compensation laws have been in effect in the United States for over a century providing benefits to employees injured on the job.  For many years, “on the job” meant injuries that occurred at an office, factory, store, or other site used exclusively for work-related purposes and over which the employer had a significant degree of control.  After COVID-19, with...

Unlimited PTO in California – Is This Actually a Good Idea to Retain Employees?

The COVID-19 pandemic sparked an ongoing upheaval in the California (and greater U.S.) labor market. Extensive job losses early in the pandemic have led to a tight labor market, which arose in part due to the phenomenon now known as the Great Resignation. With employees resigning from positions at a record rate, employers are left scrambling to retain and recruit...

Ban the Box Laws: What’s the Box and Why is it Banned?

An overwhelming majority of states have adopted what is widely known as “ban-the-box” laws or policies that generally prohibit employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal background until later in the hiring process. The laws are intended to allow an employer to evaluate an applicant’s job qualifications first, without a criminal record overshadowing their candidacy.  Here’s what employers need to...

Minnesota Has Loosened Restrictions on Edible Products Containing THC  – What Does that Mean for Minnesota Employers?

Minnesota Has Loosened Restrictions on Edible Products Containing THC – What Does that Mean for Minnesota Employers?

What is the current Minnesota law regarding edible products containing THC? An inconsistency in two amended provisions of  Minnesota Statute § 151.72 has resulted in what some have deemed the legislature “accidentally” legalizing edible products containing certain amounts of hemp-derived tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for purchasers 21 years of age and older. When did the new law take effect? The new law...