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Professor’s Misuse of Grant Funds Justified His Termination

Most employers have internal policies and procedures that govern the workplace.  In the university setting, faculty discipline issues typically are addressed through fairly robust processes that may include a hearing before a faculty member’s peers.  Employers are wise to adhere to their internal policies and to make those policies clear to avoid having a decision […]

A Potentially Epic Alternative To Class-Action Waiver Arbitration Clauses

In the aftermath of Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, as discussed on this blog, employers are free to include class-action waivers as part of their arbitration clauses in employment agreements. There is, however, a difference between whether employers can include such clauses and whether all employers should include them.  Some […]

Supreme Court Upholds Individual Arbitration Clauses In Employment Contracts

Mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts are increasingly a fact of workplace life.  What happens, though, when an employee signs an employment agreement requiring that any job-related disputes be submitted to individual arbitration, rather than class- or collective-action lawsuits?  Do longstanding federal labor laws protecting workers’ right to engage in “concerted activities for the purpose […]

Non-Renewal of Contract or Termination?

Employers often think that not renewing an employee’s contract is somehow qualitatively different from a termination of employment.  In some cases, and in certain limited circumstances, that may be true.  It is not true, however, with regard to statutory retaliation claims (e.g., my contract was not renewed because I engaged in activity protected by Title […]

Proposed Maryland Legislation Would Eliminate Non-Compete Obligations For The Unemployed!

It may not be as ominous as the Fiscal Cliff, but Maryland employers should take heed: there is legislation proposed for the upcoming General Assembly session that would render inapplicable a valid non-competition agreement between an individual and his or her prior employer under certain circumstances.  Senate Bill 51, which would amend the Labor and […]

Employer Does Not “Like” Court Decision: Facebook Postings About New Job Not A Breach of Non-Solicitation Clause

Bristled that its clients interacted with a former employee on Facebook, a Massachusetts hair salon sought a preliminary injunction to cut short the stylist’s attempts to work at a competing salon and to force her to surrender the salon’s confidential information.  All puns aside, the Superior Court of Massachusetts recently ruled that certain Facebook postings […]