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Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants and the NLRB: Can They Peacefully Coexist?


Cost: There is no cost to attend this program, however, registration is required.

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Central
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mountain
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Pacific
Recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) law in the area of employee handbooks and policies brings new challenges for employers as to how they can best protect their trade secrets and enforce restrictive covenants in their employment agreements without running afoul of the National Labor Relations Act.  Also, nearly every sector of the U.S. economy was affected by the NLRB's decision in Browning-Ferris, which radically altered many types of business relationships and extended far beyond labor law or perhaps even the concept of employment generally. Companies engaged as a “dual employer” generally seek to avoid joint employer status.  Being a joint employer in the eyes of the NLRB or the U.S. Department of Labor can result in liability for the acts of a client that has the primary responsibility to direct and control employees and your methods for protecting trade secrets and confidential information vis-à-vis these individuals and contractors may impact whether you are a joint employer.  
In Seyfarth’s fifth installment of its 2016 Trade Secrets Webinar series, Seyfarth attorneys will convey strategies and best practices to help you, as in-house counsel and HR professionals, to ensure that your company and internal clients are protected.
The Seyfarth panel will specifically address the following topics:
  • Recent NLRB pronouncements on employer policies and agreements and their implications for protecting trade secrets and other business confidential information. 
  • The background of Browning-Ferris and joint employer status. 
  • Practical steps employers can implement to protect trade secrets and preserve their human capital without running afoul of the National Labor Relations Act.
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*CLE Credit for this webinar has been awarded in the following states: CA, IL, NJ and NY. CLE Credit is pending for GA, TX and VA. Please note that in order to receive full credit for attending this webinar, the registrant must be present for the entire session.