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New Federal Law Gives Businesses More Options to Enforce Trade Secrets, P.2

In our previous post, we began looking at the newly passed Defend Trade Secrets Act, which creates a federal cause of action for businesses wanting to enforce trade secrets in federal court. As we pointed out last time, the law will certainly be beneficial to businesses looking to protect confidential information from misappropriation, but it will also require businesses to think carefully about which forum will be best for each case.

New Federal Law Gives Businesses More Options to Enforce Trade Secrets, P.1

Readers may have heard about the recent passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the new federal law which establishes a federal cause of action for trade secret violations. Previously, businesses which had been harmed by a trade secret violation were only able to pursue such claims in state court except in very limited circumstances.

OSHA Turns to Technology In Hopes of Safer Workplaces

It can be easy to forget when we all go to our jobs day in and day out that there is a complex web of laws and regulations that are at work regarding our employment rights. If you are fortunate, you've never had to question whether your employer has paid you what you deserve for hours worked, for example.

FedEx Wants Reconsideration of Bargaining Unit

FedEx recently asked the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that incorporated a heightened standard for employers challenging bargaining unit status. An appropriate bargaining unit is "a group of two or more employees who share a community of interest and may reasonably be grouped together for purposes of collective bargaining." Bargaining units will meet and confer with the employer to reach a collective bargaining agreement that will apply to all employees in that unit. Section 9(b) of the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA") bestows the task of determining the appropriateness of a bargaining unit to the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or "the Board"), but the Board's decision can be appealed to federal district court.

NLRB Asserts Trucking Company Unfairly Misclassified Employees

       Intermodal Bridge Transport Inc. ("Intermodal") violated the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA"), according to a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB"). Intermodal allegedly misclassified drivers as "independent contractors" instead of employees to avoid unionization.

Disabled Employee Accuses University Employer of Discrimination

Last year, Americans celebrated the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Prior to 1990, individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities, as well as mental health conditions, were often openly discriminated against by employers and with regard to the infrastructure of both private and public buildings and schools.