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Avoid Getting SLAPPed on Your Next Non-Compete Case

Your employee quits without notice or explanation. You discover that she moved to a competitor in violation of her non-compete agreement, and what’s worse, days before her resignation, she downloaded your trade secrets onto a thumb drive. You file suit and request an immediate injunction from the court. The last thing you expect is a counter-suit and motion to dismiss claiming you have interfered with the employee’s free speech rights. But that aggressive defense to restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation is becoming far more prevalent. Employers should be prepared for this defense when considering how to enforce their rights against former employees. More >

Nilan Johnson Lewis Announces New President and Attorney Promotions

Nilan Johnson Lewis is pleased to announce Heidi Christianson as the law firm’s next president, effective January 1, 2019. Christianson succeeds Stephen Warch, who will remain as a Board member, shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s health care group. At Nilan Johnson Lewis, Christianson previously served as the chair of the corporate and transactional services practice group and has an extensive background in health care law and nonprofit governance. More >

Michigan Passes Paid Sick Leave Requirements

On December 5, 2018, Michigan lawmakers presented a bill to the governor's desk to roll back paid sick leave requirements that were set to go into effect next year. Although opponents challenge the move as unconstitutional, Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the scaled-back bill into law. If he does, the new law will take effect 90 days after lawmakers adjourn the 2018 session, sometime in March 2019. More >

NLRB General Counsel Proposes Significant Change to Arbitration Agreements and More

After one year in office, the general counsel at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is creating a buzz in the legal community. General Counsel Peter Robb has expressed strong recommendations to give employees access to collect more damages after an arbitration or settlement – a departure from the otherwise employer-friendly and red-tape cutting expectations of the Trump administration. More >

St. Paul Passes Minimum Wage Ordinance

On November 14, 2018, in a unanimous vote, the St. Paul City Council adopted a $15 minimum wage ordinance which will take effect on July 1, 2020. Similar to ordinances passed across the country and across the river in Minneapolis, the ordinance will have a huge impact on employers in St. Paul, as well as those who regularly send employees into the city to work. More >

Don Lewis to Receive “Profiles in Courage” Award from MABL

The award is given to those who have “demonstrated courage, excellence, and integrity in furthering the Association's mission of representing the interests of black citizens in the legal profession and judicial system.” Don will be recognized for his career-long work on highly visible and controversial investigations—including his appointment as special prosecutor on the Jeronimo Yanez/Philando Castile case (Castile was fatally shot by police officer Yanez during a traffic stop in 2016). More >

California Aims to Stop Workplace Sexual Harassment Through Arbitration and Settlement Agreement Laws

In the wake of #MeToo, two new laws in California seek to prevent further workplace sexual harassment by changing how employers structure arbitration and settlement agreements, among others. Signed into law on September 30, 2018, by Governor Jerry Brown, Senate Bill No. 820 makes it unlawful for settlement agreements to include confidentiality provisions that impede a person’s right to pursue civil damages against employers and harassers. More >