Monday, October 27, 2014

That is SO last week

Last week saw Congressional focus on noncompetition agreements.  Jimmy John's came under scrutiny for having its sandwich makers sign noncompetes that prohibit them from working for other sandwich shops.  We’re reminded of a similar situation, reported last summer, involving a camp counselor who was prohibited from working for a different summer camp.
Several Democratic legislators sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor requesting an investigation into Jimmy John’s practice and the proliferation of noncompetition agreements generally. The letter opined that “There is no justifiable business interest in imposing such restriction on restaurant employees that are not privy to any of the company’s proprietary information.”
In other developments:
  • Are you ready for the office Halloween party?  Inside Counsel has some tips on the scary event.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor has sent its new LGBT anti-discrimination rule to the Office of Management and Budget, which is the last step before publishing the rule.
  • Jon Hyman asked if an employee's internet addiction is a disability.
  • Inc. requested a discussion on objectification and harassment in tech. 
  • The Wall Street Journal asked, “Do you know what apps your employees use?
  • Samsung told employers they are losing billions by not adopting smart technology faster.
  • CIO covered wearables in the workplace and how they both intrigue and concern workers.
Trade Secrets
  • Entrepreneur wrote about the risk that employees can  engage in trade secret theft.
  • Corporate Counsel covered the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as a way to protect trade secrets.
Posted by: Kate Bischoff

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