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

  • 15
  • December
  • 2017

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Two Birds With One Stone — The NLRB Reverses Two Major Obama-Era Decisions

We’ve been talking for months now about when the National Labor Relations Board would finally begin rolling back the Obama-Era Board’s expansive policies, and last week, the Board’s new General Counsel levelled his sights on many of those policies, albeit in a non-binding memorandum. Well, this Thursday, the Board overturned not one, but two of those policies.

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  • 06
  • December
  • 2017

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A Sea Change – A Modern Workplace Series Digesting the NLRB General Counsel's Sweeping Reforms

It’s no secret that the NLRB has been subject to some swings in policy over the years, largely based on which party is in power. But many agree that the pace of these changes accelerated significantly under President Obama’s general counsel and Board. The new General Counsel of the NLRB—Peter Robb—made clear in a Memorandum he issued Friday, December 1 that he’s among those who wants to roll back many of those policy changes. Because of the breadth of the Memorandum, which takes aim at a broad swath of issues that have characterized the area of labor law over the last eight years, over the next several weeks, the Modern Workplace blog will individually examine some of the potential policy implications of this Memorandum.

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HR Checklist for the New Year

As labor lawyers, we tend to think of our professional years as starting and ending on Labor Day. In order to celebrate the new Labor year, I intended to send this post early last week, but a storm called Harvey got in the way. So in belated celebration of the new Labor year, I now provide to you a checklist for the coming year as our New Year gift.

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  • 20
  • July
  • 2017

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Rise of the Machines – Are Robots Your Workforce of the Future?

“Today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs.” If you are a C-suite executive, an HR director or a member of the board and you have not yet given serious consideration to how automation and AI could affect your workforce, perhaps this line from Mark Zuckerberg’s recent Commencement address to Harvard’s Class of 2017 will make you stop and think about how your company will respond to the seismic changes around the corner.

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  • 02
  • May
  • 2017

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Generics? For Drugs, Maybe, But Not for Restrictive Covenants

If employers are serious about protecting their confidential information, they should stop using generic form agreements to protect that information. 

Too often, I come across employers who are using non-disclosure agreements that appear to have been downloaded from some human resources group’s website. The generic definitions used in those agreements do little to inform employees what their employer considers so important that they should not tell anyone else about it. If the goal is to make sure the employees protect the employer’s information, these agreements should—at a minimum—describe with some specificity the information the employer is trying to protect. After all, if employees don’t understand an agreement, it will be very difficult for them to comply with it.

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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