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Managing the Modern Workplace
V&E International Labor & Employment Resources

  • 25
  • July
  • 2019

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Political Animals in the Workplace

All of us are, by nature, political animals, according toAristotle’s essay on “Politics.” And it’s politics season again, even despite the distance to the next presidential election. For HR Managers, it won’t come as a surprise that employees have political opinions and that they vocalize them on social media. Many companies today have also taken public positions on political issues. The perennial question arises: What if an employee posts something on social media that does not accord with the company? What if an American-based (nonunion) nonpublic company takes a public stance on ICE’s immigration raids, and one of its managerial employees disagrees with the company’s position in a Facebook post? Can the company fire this employee or ask them to stop speaking against its official position? 

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  • 28
  • May
  • 2019

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Home Remedies for Diagnosing Trade Secrets Theft

Listen to your gut when an employee who had access to confidential information leaves your company. Were they vague on their next steps? Is there a chance they’re going to work for a competitive venture? Are you concerned about the kind of information they had access to? If so, there are steps you can probably take (in house!) that will either soothe or further upset your gut. You want to know as soon as possible if you have a case of misappropriation of your company’s confidential information on your hands.

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The Westeros Citizens Participation Act (Yeah, Right)

My disappointment with the Game of Thrones’ finale on Sunday night was greatly alleviated by the news on Monday morning that a bill amending the Texas anti-SLAPP law is on its way to the governor’s office. This amendment to the Texas Citizens Participation Act (the anti-SLAPP law) – should it be signed into law by Gov. Abbott – explicitly says that the TCPA does not apply to a legal action arising from an employer-employee relationship (among other relationships) that seeks to recover for trade secrets misappropriation, or seeks to enforce a non-compete or non-disparagement agreement.

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Contributors

Thomas H. Wilson

Thomas H. Wilson Partner

Christopher V. Bacon

Christopher V. Bacon Counsel

Sean Becker

Sean Becker Partner

Stephen M. Jacobson

Stephen M. Jacobson Partner

Martin C. Luff

Martin Luff Counsel

Lawrence S. Elbaum Partner