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Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP


Time limits in confidentiality agreements: traps for the unwary

USA - October 30 2013 Confidentiality Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Secrecy Agreements - whatever the name, these ubiquitous and seemingly simple agreements are

The link between risk management and compliance

USA - October 30 2013 Risk management professionals constantly preach that risk management is not compliance. Risk managers help set strategy. After their colleagues ask

Public policy trumps non-compete in North Carolina

USA - May 16 2013 In many states, non-compete agreements are viewed by the courts with some amount of forgiveness for overbreadth. In those states, courts can in some

Employer's failure to provide timely FMLA paperwork creates no claim absent proof employee was able to work

USA - May 23 2014 Department of Labor regulations issued under the Family and Medical Leave Act require employers to provide FMLA eligibility and designation notices

DOT gives up on hours of service rules for short-haul drivers

USA - November 8 2013 Last Monday, the Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final regulation codifying a federal appellate

Federal district court rejects challenges to employee non-solicitation agreement

USA - May 30 2014 As reported in EmployNews, in recent years North Carolina courts have increased the degree of scrutiny used when reviewing employee non-compete

Federal ALJ says social media policy cannot require employees to state that their opinions are not those of the company

USA - May 30 2014 In recent years, the National Labor Relations Board has attacked a range of employer social media policies that sought to restrict employees'

North Carolina court allows emotional distress damages for wrongful discharge claim

USA - May 30 2014 North Carolina courts recognize a limited exception to the normal employment at-will doctrine. If an employee is terminated for reasons that violate

Quarterly updating of risk factors

USA - May 28 2014 Most companies do a good job of reviewing and updating their Form 10-K risk factors once a year. It's relatively easy to re-read last year's risk

Fourth Circuit says co-worker's use of racially derogative terms did not create hostile work environment

USA - May 23 2014 Not every offensive act in the workplace constitutes actionable harassment under Title VII. In order to rise to the level of a hostile and offensive