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Open Markets, AFL-CIO, SEIU, and Over 60 Signatories Demand the FTC Ban Worker Non-Compete Clauses

ALF-CIO SEIU and Over 60 Signatories Sign a Petition to Ban Worker Non-Compete Clauses

The Open Markets Institute, the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union, and over 60 other signatories — including labor organizations, public interest groups, and legal scholars — have petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to ban worker non-compete clauses. I joined the petition because non-compete clauses unfairly handcuff workers. Imposed across a wide swath of the labor force (the barista who hands you your morning coffee and the doctor who prescribes your antibiotics may be bound by one), non-compete clauses typically prohibit a worker from accepting a new job or starting a new business in the same industry upon leaving their current job. Many are unreasonably broad – lasting years and forcing workers to move. Fighting unfair non-competes are too expensive for most workers; indeed, non-competes often require workers to litigate in a jurisdiction outside of their home state. A worker should have the right to quit her job – because she is being sexually harassed or simply underpaid – and use her knowledge and skills in another job, even a competing one. Yes, employers have a right to protect their trade secrets…but trade secrets are already amply protected by both federal and state law. Non-complete clauses are an unnecessary bludgeon. And, they are bad for the economy.

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Common Evidentiary Trial Issues in Employment Law Cases: From Getting the #MeToo Evidence In, to Keeping theCollateral Source Evidence Out

To me, a lawyer is basically the person that knows the rules of thecountry. We’re all throwing the dice, playing the game, moving ourpieces around the board, but if there is a problem the lawyer is theonly person who has read the inside of the top of the box. ~ Jerry Seinfeld

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A member contribution: Just what is Sexual Harassment and Sexual Discrimination? Hollywood v. The Real World

Every day a new sex scandal in the work place is uncovered…from Congress to Hollywood to even NPR. Unfortunately, many of these victims of sexual harassment and discrimination either do not have actionable legal claims or the deadlines for asserting their claims have long past. Nonetheless, these famous victims’ stories are valuable because they are exposing what has long been hidden or ignored and are provoking a national dialogue about what society will allow and not allow in the work place. So…just what protection does the law provide?

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