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

When CEOs Go Rogue: Director Oversight of Corporate Goodwill and Social Capital 09-05-2018

First published in NACD BoardTalk, September 4, 2018

“The CEO did what?” While this question may be popping up in boardrooms a lot lately, corporate reputation crises are not new.

29th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute 08-24-2018

V&E Labor & Employment lawyers Chris Bacon and Phileda Tennant are presenting at the State Bar of Texas' 29th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute, a two-day course on the latest Labor and Employment topics and trends.

No-Poachers Beware: the DOJ and Class Action Plaintiffs Turn Attention to No-Hire Agreements 07-06-2018

First published in ABA Section of Antitrust Law - Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee Newsletter, Summer 2018

Companies that engage in “no poach” agreements with competing employers do so at their peril. Following the October 2016 release of the DOJ/FTC Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources Professionals (“HR Guidelines”) making clear that “no-poach” or “mutual no-hire” agreements would be a focus of enforcement going forward, the DOJ has made good on the promise to bring new enforcement actions in this area.

UT Law’s 25th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference 05-10-2018

Sean Becker, head of V&E’s Labor & Employment practice, is leading a session entitled, “Anti-SLAPP for Employment Lawyers” at UT Law’s 25th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, a premier program on employment law practice in Texas. 

DOJ Follows Through on Threat to Challenge “No Poach” Agreements 04-16-2018

V&E Antitrust Update E-communication, April 16, 2018

Delivering on its recent pronouncements to make antitrust scrutiny in the employment area an enforcement priority, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) announced that it has reached a settlement with two of the world’s largest rail equipment suppliers to resolve allegations that the companies maintained long-standing agreements not to compete for employees.

Diversity Matters: Making the Most of Board Diversity 03-29-2018

In this presentation, governance professionals from V&E and Deloitte discuss the current interest in board diversity, and how companies can leverage their current board composition to address their investors’ concerns. 

August Breakfast Connection 08-10-2017

Hosted by Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce

V&E Labor & Employment Counsel Christopher Bacon will speak about current trends in labor and payroll law at the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce’s August Breakfast Connection.

International Human Rights and Ethical Obligations for Texas Lawyers 07-01-2017

First published by Texas Bar Journal, July 2017

The concept of “international human rights” is based on the International Bill of Human Rights, which is derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 1948—and two international treaties, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. 

Jevic: Structured Dismissal SCOTUS Ruling 03-27-2017

V&E Restructuring and Reorganization Updates E-communication, March 27, 2017

The Supreme Court limited the use of “structured dismissals” in chapter 11 cases on March 22, 2017, overturning a ruling of the Third Circuit. The Court stressed that any distribution scheme in connection with a proposed chapter 11 structured dismissal must follow the basic priority rules of the Bankruptcy Code absent consent of the affected parties. Importantly, however, the Supreme Court avoided determining that interim modifications of the priority scheme cannot be permitted at any time during a case. 

Federal Court Blocks Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule 10-26-2016

V&E Workplace Safety & Government Contracts Update, October 26, 2016

A U.S. District Court Judge in Beaumont, Texas, has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that enjoins key parts of Executive Order 13673, as implemented by the FAR Rule published at 81 Fed. Reg. 58562 (Aug. 25, 2016) and the Department of Labor’s Guidance regarding the FAR Rule.

MLRC Media Law Conference 09-21-2016

V&E partner, Tom Wilson, will be co-leading an Employment and Labor Law boutique session at the MLRC Media Law Conference. Attendees will choose among these topics: How should media companies respond to violent attacks on their journalists? Can media companies still have unpaid interns?

Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Do You Have the Coverage You Think You Do? 06-03-2016

There are several benefits to workers’ compensation insurance. For example, it provides benefits to an employee in the event of a workplace injury and provides an exclusive remedy protecting the employer from most types of negligence claims.

D Magazine Recognizes Four Lawyers as “Best Lawyers in Dallas” 05-02-2016

D Magazine has named four Vinson & Elkins partners to its 2016 “Best Lawyers in Dallas” list.

V&E Safety Minute: Internal Audits 04-07-2016

Conducting an internal safety audit to determine areas of potential risk is a common practice for businesses in various industries. Christopher Bacon, member of the Employment, Labor & OSHA practice and Emergency Response and Crisis Management Team, addresses internal safety audits and what should be done with the findings.

38th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute 04-07-2016

Hosted by The University of Texas School of Law and The Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas

The 38th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute offers in-depth, practical discussions on legal issues for in-house counsel and outside counsel who represent companies of all sizes. The Institute is presented by the Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas and The University of Texas School of Law. 

Pay Practices Under Scrutiny: Litigation and Enforcement Trends that all Energy Employers Should Consider 03-17-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px Wide

This presentation will discuss wage practices that are commonly subject to class and collective actions, new governmental enforcement initiatives and best practices in an era when mounting layoffs are leading to pay-related claims brought by ex-employees.


National Academy of Arbitrator’s 39th Annual Labor-Management Conference 03-03-2016

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, V&E Labor & Employment Counsel, Christopher Bacon will speak on “LGBT Issues in the Workplace” at the National Academy of Arbitrator’s 39th Annual Labor-Management Conference.

Upcoming February 1, 2016 OSHA Posting Deadline Presents Employers a Chance to Evaluate Recordkeeping and Reporting Compliance 01-19-2016

V&E Emergency Response and Crisis Management Update E-communication, January 19, 2016

The annual deadline to post Form 300A summaries of all work-related injuries and illnesses from the previous year is February 1, 2016. 

D Magazine Recognizes Four Lawyers as “Best Lawyers in Dallas” 05-02-2016

D Magazine has named four Vinson & Elkins partners to its 2016 “Best Lawyers in Dallas” list.

29th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute 08-24-2018

V&E Labor & Employment lawyers Chris Bacon and Phileda Tennant are presenting at the State Bar of Texas' 29th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute, a two-day course on the latest Labor and Employment topics and trends.

UT Law’s 25th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference 05-10-2018

Sean Becker, head of V&E’s Labor & Employment practice, is leading a session entitled, “Anti-SLAPP for Employment Lawyers” at UT Law’s 25th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, a premier program on employment law practice in Texas. 

August Breakfast Connection 08-10-2017

Hosted by Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce

V&E Labor & Employment Counsel Christopher Bacon will speak about current trends in labor and payroll law at the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce’s August Breakfast Connection.

MLRC Media Law Conference 09-21-2016

V&E partner, Tom Wilson, will be co-leading an Employment and Labor Law boutique session at the MLRC Media Law Conference. Attendees will choose among these topics: How should media companies respond to violent attacks on their journalists? Can media companies still have unpaid interns?

38th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute 04-07-2016

Hosted by The University of Texas School of Law and The Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas

The 38th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute offers in-depth, practical discussions on legal issues for in-house counsel and outside counsel who represent companies of all sizes. The Institute is presented by the Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas and The University of Texas School of Law. 

Pay Practices Under Scrutiny: Litigation and Enforcement Trends that all Energy Employers Should Consider 03-17-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px Wide

This presentation will discuss wage practices that are commonly subject to class and collective actions, new governmental enforcement initiatives and best practices in an era when mounting layoffs are leading to pay-related claims brought by ex-employees.


National Academy of Arbitrator’s 39th Annual Labor-Management Conference 03-03-2016

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, V&E Labor & Employment Counsel, Christopher Bacon will speak on “LGBT Issues in the Workplace” at the National Academy of Arbitrator’s 39th Annual Labor-Management Conference.

Diversity Matters: Making the Most of Board Diversity 03-29-2018

In this presentation, governance professionals from V&E and Deloitte discuss the current interest in board diversity, and how companies can leverage their current board composition to address their investors’ concerns. 

When CEOs Go Rogue: Director Oversight of Corporate Goodwill and Social Capital 09-05-2018

First published in NACD BoardTalk, September 4, 2018

“The CEO did what?” While this question may be popping up in boardrooms a lot lately, corporate reputation crises are not new.

No-Poachers Beware: the DOJ and Class Action Plaintiffs Turn Attention to No-Hire Agreements 07-06-2018

First published in ABA Section of Antitrust Law - Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee Newsletter, Summer 2018

Companies that engage in “no poach” agreements with competing employers do so at their peril. Following the October 2016 release of the DOJ/FTC Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources Professionals (“HR Guidelines”) making clear that “no-poach” or “mutual no-hire” agreements would be a focus of enforcement going forward, the DOJ has made good on the promise to bring new enforcement actions in this area.

DOJ Follows Through on Threat to Challenge “No Poach” Agreements 04-16-2018

V&E Antitrust Update E-communication, April 16, 2018

Delivering on its recent pronouncements to make antitrust scrutiny in the employment area an enforcement priority, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) announced that it has reached a settlement with two of the world’s largest rail equipment suppliers to resolve allegations that the companies maintained long-standing agreements not to compete for employees.

International Human Rights and Ethical Obligations for Texas Lawyers 07-01-2017

First published by Texas Bar Journal, July 2017

The concept of “international human rights” is based on the International Bill of Human Rights, which is derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 1948—and two international treaties, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. 

Jevic: Structured Dismissal SCOTUS Ruling 03-27-2017

V&E Restructuring and Reorganization Updates E-communication, March 27, 2017

The Supreme Court limited the use of “structured dismissals” in chapter 11 cases on March 22, 2017, overturning a ruling of the Third Circuit. The Court stressed that any distribution scheme in connection with a proposed chapter 11 structured dismissal must follow the basic priority rules of the Bankruptcy Code absent consent of the affected parties. Importantly, however, the Supreme Court avoided determining that interim modifications of the priority scheme cannot be permitted at any time during a case. 

Federal Court Blocks Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule 10-26-2016

V&E Workplace Safety & Government Contracts Update, October 26, 2016

A U.S. District Court Judge in Beaumont, Texas, has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that enjoins key parts of Executive Order 13673, as implemented by the FAR Rule published at 81 Fed. Reg. 58562 (Aug. 25, 2016) and the Department of Labor’s Guidance regarding the FAR Rule.

Upcoming February 1, 2016 OSHA Posting Deadline Presents Employers a Chance to Evaluate Recordkeeping and Reporting Compliance 01-19-2016

V&E Emergency Response and Crisis Management Update E-communication, January 19, 2016

The annual deadline to post Form 300A summaries of all work-related injuries and illnesses from the previous year is February 1, 2016. 

Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Do You Have the Coverage You Think You Do? 06-03-2016

There are several benefits to workers’ compensation insurance. For example, it provides benefits to an employee in the event of a workplace injury and provides an exclusive remedy protecting the employer from most types of negligence claims.

V&E Safety Minute: Internal Audits 04-07-2016

Conducting an internal safety audit to determine areas of potential risk is a common practice for businesses in various industries. Christopher Bacon, member of the Employment, Labor & OSHA practice and Emergency Response and Crisis Management Team, addresses internal safety audits and what should be done with the findings.

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