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The One Area of Connecticut Law Employers Love (For Now)

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations

  Over the weekend, The New York Times ran a surprising (at least to me) article about how Idaho has implemented a legal framework that gives employers a great deal of flexibility in an area getting a good deal more publicity of late: Non-compete agreements. (H/T to a post by Suzanne Lucas in Inc. too.)… Continue Reading

A Rare Look Into An Employee’s Duty of Loyalty to the Employer

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

After nine-plus years of writing about employment law in Connecticut, it’s getting to be pretty rare to find a topic that I haven’t at least touched upon, but here’s one: The Duty of Loyalty. Indeed, a new Connecticut Supreme Court case is giving me the opportunity to do so. The case arises from an employee who,… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: New Non-Compete Restrictions for Physicians

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Continuing my review of new employment-related bills is a measure that limits the use of non-compete agreements for doctors. Anyone who tracks bills knows that the name on the bill sometimes doesn’t match the content. Senate Bill 351 entitled “AN ACT CONCERNING MATTERS AFFECTING PHYSICIANS AND HOSPITALS” is a good case in point. Seems innocuous… Continue Reading

Drafting Employment Agreements – What Can We Learn from Ralph Lauren

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Wage & Hour

One of the little facts that’s not widely known is that the SEC typically publishes all sorts of executive employment agreements for publicly-traded companies.  They’re ready and available for download. Why might the average person do that? Well, for one, these agreements can sometimes contain the latest and greatest “crowd-sourced” language for executive agreements.  For… Continue Reading

MOVE Act Introduced; Non-Compete Agreements Would Be Limited, if Passed

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments

While I normally make my year-end reflections at, well, year end, I can’t help but take this moment to see the big picture: We’re hearing an awful lot about restrictive covenants. These covenants — often in the shape of non-compete clauses or non-solicitation (of employees or customers) clauses — have become popular because companies are… Continue Reading

“Consider” This Important: Employment Contracts Are a Two-Way Street

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation, Wage & Hour

My colleague Chris Engler reports today on a new Connecticut Appellate Court case that focuses on a often misunderstood concept in employment contracts — the need for “consideration”.  What was it that Dire Straits’ sang about in the 1980s? Getting “Money for Nothing”? We’ve all been told that you can’t get something for nothing.  That… Continue Reading

How Long Can You Enforce a Non-Compete Agreement For?

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Wage & Hour

Back in June, I talked about the standard that courts will follow in deciding whether or not to enforce a non-compete agreement between an employer and an employee.  (Go read it here first.) But many employers want to know something more straightforward: How long can I make the restrictive covenant in my agreement; in other… Continue Reading

Restrictive Covenants in Connecticut: Win Some, Lose Some for Employers

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

In the July/August issue of the Connecticut Lawyer magazine, attorney Joseph Blyskal has the first of a two-part article on the state of restrictive covenants in employment agreements in Connecticut.  I’ve talked about this several times before (most recently earlier this summer), but the Connecticut Lawyer article is recommended reading as well (it’s behind a paywall). It’s worth reviewing… Continue Reading

Legislative Preview: New Life for Noncompete Bill or Is Judicial Reform Better?

Posted in Legislative Developments

One of the bills that passed the Connecticut General Assembly last year was a bill that would have limited the scope and use of noncompete agreements. But as I noted in a post last summer, Governor Malloy vetoed that piece of legislation. In his veto message, however, he signaled a willingness to agree to some… Continue Reading

Bill Voiding Noncompete Agreements in Event of Merger Vetoed By Governor

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments

Last month, the General Assembly passed a bill in the closing hours of the legislative session that would have voided certain non-compete agreements in the event that a business was merged or acquired.  It was a watered-down version of a bill that had been weaving its way through the legislature that would have placed limits… Continue Reading

Restaurant Wars: Restrictive Covenants for Chefs & Tandoori Chicken Tikka

Posted in Highlight, Litigation, Wage & Hour

It’s the summer and let’s face it, our minds turn to mush. That’s why reality television thrives in the summer.  Just the ones on food and dining alone could make up an evening: Chopped. Restaurant Impossible. The Next Food Network Star. (Confession time: I may have watched a few too many episodes of these shows,… Continue Reading

As the Dust Settles: Watered-Down Non-Compete Bill Passes; Social Media Password Bill Fails

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Featured, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

The dust is still settling from the mad dash that is the end of the Connecticut General Assembly session.  I’ll have more in the upcoming days as events warrant, but here’s a quick look at a few items that I’ve been tracking in recent weeks.  A bill (HB 6658) restricting the use of non-compete agreements passed… Continue Reading

Quick Hits: Holiday Parties, HIPAA and ADA, Non-Compete Agreements, “Supervisor”, Facebook

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Class Actions, Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation, Social Media

It’s been a crazy week here for reasons I hope to share in a future post. But in the meantime, the world of employment law still continues. Here are some items worth reading that I had hoped to talk about further. This brief recap will have to do for now. Want some tips on how to… Continue Reading

Court Rejects 18-Month Restrictive Covenant on Former Owners Who Became Employees

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation

Suppose your company just purchased another small company.  As is typical in such deals, you have hired the owners under a three year employment contract because the professional services and expertise of the owners is important to the deal’s success. In that arrangement, you have a restrictive covenant that says that if and when the employees leave,… Continue Reading

Drafting the Restrictive Covenant to Protect Your Interests

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation

An article in this week’s Connecticut Law Tribune suggests “how employees can negotiate around a non-compete agreement.”  But let’s look at the issue from the “other” side — the employer — and ask “how employers can enforce a non-compete agreement.”  There are a number of factors that courts in Connecticut will look at in deciding… Continue Reading

Non-Compete Agreements For Security Guards (and now, Bouncers) May Be “Non-Enforceable”

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations

With the blog approaching its fifth (!) anniversary later this year, I thought it was time to revisit some subjects that I covered in the blog’s infancy and update them. One such story from way back on September 14, 2007, was a new law that prohibited non-compete agreements by security guards.  Back then, I stated:… Continue Reading

Second Circuit: No Injunction for Expired Restrictive Covenants

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Wage & Hour

Back in June, I talked about a new district court case on restrictive covenants.  My law partner, Joshua Hawks-Ladds, follows up today with results of the appeal. For employers who have a non-compete agreement, this decision emphasizes the need to seek an injunction quickly to protect the employer’s interests. Let’s say that you, as an… Continue Reading

Free Webinar on Restrictive Covenants and What Employers Need to Know Now

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Have you taken steps to prevent your business from walking out the door? That issue — and the overall use of restrictive covenants will be the subject of today’s free webinar at noon. You can sign up here.  Our monthly webinar series (after taking the holiday period off) runs on the second Wednesday of each month. … Continue Reading

Enforcing Restrictive Covenants – What Employers Need to Know

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

There were signs this morning that the economy is starting to pick up again. If that continues to happen, there is no doubt that we’ll start to see many more employees changing jobs to take advantage of new opportunities. But as that happens, some of those employees’ employers will be left scratching their head and… Continue Reading

Quick Takes: Firing Via E-mail, COBRA, EFCA, Facebook, Last-Chance Agreements & Restrictive Covenants

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Employment law is quite the hot topic among various blogs. So much so that it’s time for the next installment of Quick Takes — a quick summary of what’s new and noteworthy. Don’t miss the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog’s post on how NOT to fire an employee. In the post, Jon Hyman describes how an employer… Continue Reading

New Connecticut Laws effective October 1, 2007

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Laws and Regulations

October.  Here in New England, it brings to mind pumpkins.  Besides being carved up (made into pumpkin pie), pumpkins also hold a place in story lore — you’ll recall from Cinderella that a pumpkin could be magically transformed into a beautiful carriage (which of course, you can buy on Amazon.)  In Connecticut, October also brings about… Continue Reading

Non-Compete Agreements for Security Guards

Posted in Laws and Regulations

With apologies to Alex Trebek, it’s time for a game of legal Jeopardy.  First, the answer: "As a result of a new Connecticut law (effective October 1, 2007), employees in this arcane type of job classification can now bring suit if their employer requires them to sign a certain type of non-compete agreement." The question: What is "classification 339032… Continue Reading