“No-poaching” agreements are now seen at illegal

When companies are accused of restraint of trade you usually think of things such as price fixing or other acts of collusion that restrict the competitive nature of doing business. In the last couple of years, however, more and more cases have been brought in situations where employees have complained that their ability to get …

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Antitrust prohibitions in HR?

We all have heard of the prohibition on price fixing in business that is monitored by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Businesses are prohibited from discussing and colluding on prices of goods and services. In the US price fixing can be prosecuted as a criminal act under the Sherman Antitrust Act. …

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Five Employment law highlights from around the country

Here are a few notable tidbits I came across as I was scanning news stories and blogs. The $15 an hour minimum wage trend picks up some steam as Los Angeles votes to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in increments until it tops $15 in 2020. Small businesses (under 25 employees) will …

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Do your confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements violate Federal law?

Most companies try to protect proprietary information by having employees sign confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements. Unfortunately in the eyes of various regulatory agencies these agreements are considered to be too restrictive and violate various aspects of federal law. Violated provisions According to attorney Andrew Trimble of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC, there are three …

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Avoiding Employment Taxes is not a wise business strategy

All businesses realize that they have to pay attention to the US Department of Labor, in things like the Fair Labor Standards Act and OSHA, and to the EEOC, in areas such as discrimination. Every business also realizes that the IRS also pays attention to their activities. But did you know that the Department of …

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