Defend Trade Secrets Act requires immediate review of confidentiality agreements with employees and contractors

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which creates a new federal cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. Although the DTSA provides several new changes to trade secret law, one provision requires immediate action. Required notice of whistleblower immunity The DTSA provides certain whistleblower immunity for employees
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DOL releases new overtime regulations

On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued the new Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations, which will mean millions of employees who are currently exempt will, for the first time, earn overtime for any hours worked in excess of 40 during a work week. Previously, the minimum salary level to qualify for
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EEOC issues new guidance on leave of absence and ADA accommodations

On May 9, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a new guidance document addressing the intersection of employer-provided leave of absence and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This document does not create any new EEOC agency policy or propose any new law; rather, it consolidates current guidance on the ADA, employer
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EEOC issues bathroom guidelines for transgender employees

Last summer the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its “Best Practices: A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers.” In a nutshell, the OSHA publication stated that transgender employees should have access to the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, rather than their birth gender. Presumably in response to laws passed by
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Wrongful discharge – alive and well in Oklahoma

It’s been awhile since Oklahoma’s Supreme Court weighed in on the ability of fired employees to sue their employers for wrongful discharge. Now a vomiting nurse gets to take a shot at the nursing center that terminated his employment. Not exactly ‘Employee of the Month’ Donald Dewayne Moore worked as a licensed practical nurse at
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Some pre- and post-shift activity not compensable

In recent years, a number of collective action wage and hour disputes involving the donning and doffing of protective work clothing have made their way through the courts. And in many of those cases, the employers have been on the losing end of those judgments and settlements. But what happens if the topic of compensating
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