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Your Top Talent Walks Out the Door: Now What? How to Stop Your Competitors from Raiding Your Workforce and Engaging in Unfair Competition in the U.S. and Canada Wednesday, June 9, 2010 Sponsored by the Employment Law Alliance © Employment Law Alliance
Introduction -2- © Employment Law Alliance
Presenters Linda H. Joseph, Moderator, Schröder, Joseph & Associates, LLP, Buffalo, NY firstname.lastname@example.org Betty S.W. Graumlich, Reed Smith LLP, Richmond, VA email@example.com Steven M. Gutierrez, Holland & Hart LLP, Denver, CO, firstname.lastname@example.org -3- © Employment Law Alliance
Presenters Gregory J. Heywood, Roper Greyell, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada email@example.com Andrew H. Smith, Director, Associate General Counsel, Citigroup, New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org Barry M. Willoughby, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, DE -4- © Employment Law Alliance
What Happens When They Walk Out? -5- © Employment Law Alliance Exit letters to employees enclosing the agreement Preliminary injunction actions
Drafting Permissible Restrictions Make sure it is part of a valid employment contract Avoid Boilerplate Covenants Regional differences: time limitations/ geographic limitations/scope limitations Make sure it is reasonable: narrow the time, place, and activity Understand the non-compete statute of the state in which you do business -6- © Employment Law Alliance
Drafting Permissible Restrictions Non-solicit/non compete Confidentiality provisions (definition of confidential information, UTSA protections, time restrictions) Patents/Intellectual Property ownership Bluelining v. segregation provisions Liquidated Damages Provisions Provisions granting consent to send the agreement to new employers -7- © Employment Law Alliance
Drafting Permissible Restrictions “Re-write” States: Courts can re-write overbroad non-competes to limit restrictions to facts at issue. “Blue Pencil” States: Courts cannot modify agreement, BUT… –They can enforce separate lawful covenants within the contract, and –Strike language where changes are grammatically possible “Public Policy” States: Non-competes are prohibited as a matter of public policy -8- © Employment Law Alliance
Preventing a Temporary Restraining Order Fiduciary duties Contracts Advice to prospective employee Hiring groups of employees Chinese Walls Doctrine of Inevitable Disclosure -9- © Employment Law Alliance
Test for Injunctions/ Proof of Damages Regional differences With agreement Without agreement Bonding -10- © Employment Law Alliance
Strategies Audit your Internal Security policies Demand letter Damages or injunction? Temporary restraining order v. preliminary injunction – does it matter? Sue employee, employer, or both? -11- © Employment Law Alliance
Wrap-Up Immediately following the webinar, after you disconnect, a survey will automatically appear on your computer screen asking you to evaluate the webinar. Please take a few minutes to complete it so that we can continue to improve the quality and delivery of future ELA-sponsored webinars. To listen to this webinar again or to any past webinars, please visit our website at: www.employmentlawalliance.com. We regret that we cannot give CLE or HRCI credit for this webinar; however, a Certificate of Attendance and the necessary supporting materials are now posted on the ELA website. Click this webinar name on the ELA website and scroll down to the link for “certificate of attendance.”www.employmentlawalliance.com -12- © Employment Law Alliance
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