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Alabama’s New Non-Compete Law

In June of this year, the state Legislature passed House Bill 352 to “clarify and restate” the law on restrictive covenants, or non-competes as these agreements are often called. Approved and signed by Governor Bentley, this Act will take effect at the beginning of 2016. While the Act codifies a[…]

What to Expect (in the Workplace) When You’re Expecting

The federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (PDA) has long prohibited employers from discriminating against an employee based on “pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.” To do so, the law says, is a form of sex discrimination. Nearly 40 year after its enactment, however, the scope of that protection –[…]

Social Media Life After Death: Taking Stock of Your Digital Life

Have you thought about what will happen to your Facebook account after you die? To your emails? Or to your Snapchats, Instagram photos, websites, domain names, dating profiles, and blog posts? Most people have not. But all of the thoughts, ideas, conversations, documents, photos, and other items stored in your[…]

Criticizing an Employer Online: Does the National Labor Relations Act Protect Employees’ Comments on Social Media?

It is in an employer’s best interests to protect proprietary company information, prevent disclosure of confidential client information, and encourage respect and civility among coworkers. But setting out such policies in writing is an increasingly tricky business—particularly when it comes to employee activities online. The law surrounding workplace social media[…]

Employee Handbooks: An Integral Part of any Compliance Strategy

Many employment cases are won or lost due to employee handbooks. They are often the cornerstone of a plaintiff’s case or an employer’s defense. With the right compliance structure in place, well-written handbooks can solve employment disputes long before trial. Here are three crucial questions to ask about employment handbooks[…]

Insurance Coverage Triggers: When Does Faulty Work Cause Insurable Damage?

If wood rots in a garage and nobody is there to see it, does property damage still occur? When it comes to general commercial liability insurance, the answer is yes. Sort of. In Carithers v. Mid-Continent Casualty Company, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals recently considered the question of when property damage[…]

Some Needed Time Off: Family and Medical Leave Act Basics

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was intended to help employees with the work-life balance by guaranteeing time off for family responsibilities or medical emergencies. But, despite the required labor law postings gracing the walls of employee breakrooms all over the country, many employees don’t understand their rights under[…]