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Employers in the technology industry must be forward-thinking and creative in identifying business opportunities while simultaneously monitoring the risks inherent in managing a large and mobile workforce, including protecting and maintaining trade secrets and ensuring compliance.

Overview

Our attorneys bring together vast expertise representing technology employers, ranging from multinational enterprises to startups and emerging companies with respect to every aspect of labor and employment law as well as areas such as immigration, pre- and post-IPO compliance and compensation planning, benefits, and privacy, e-communication and data security. Beyond our knowledge of federal, state and local workplace law, we understand the business issues facing technology companies and work together to reach solutions that fit our clients’ particular needs. Some of the areas in which we represent technology industry employers include:

  • Defending the entire range of workplace law-related litigation, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and related tort claims, as well as class and collective actions across the U.S;
  • Providing advice and counsel on and litigating matters involving restrictive covenants in employment agreements, confidentiality, incentive compensation and stock award agreements, employee raiding claims, unfair competition claims and other employment-related business torts;
  • Advising on corporate compliance issues, ranging from regulations governing giveaways and other promotions to international issues involving the FCPA and other laws and regulations;
  • Advising on the entire range of workplace and customer privacy issues, including proper handling of customer complaints;
  • Implementing integrated disability management systems and advising on corporate wellness programs;
  • Assisting with preventive measures such as company-wide audits to ensure consistent implementation of pay and promotion policies and wage and hour compliance; and
  • Providing labor relations advice and counsel, including representation during union bargaining.

Big Data

Technological advances and increased demand for data-driven business models continue to generate wide-ranging possibilities for companies that play a role in storing, managing, protecting and analyzing large quantities of data. While industries such as health care, financial services and insurance were among the first to embrace the power of data in day-to-day business management, most organizations—whether smaller, local and regionally-based to national and global companies—are now looking to leverage data and data analytics to drive decision-making, enhance customer satisfaction, and stay ahead of the competition. At the same time, new technology makes it infinitely easier to capture data, and the cloud provides more affordable and accessible storage. As companies in the big data industry race to innovate and capitalize on these opportunities, they face unique challenges such as a shortage of employees with the requisite technical skills and enhanced pressure to retain top talent.

With a dedicated internal Data Analytics group, we understand the intricacies of the big data industry and are comfortable working closely with managers and data scientists alike. Like you, our goal is always to develop efficient solutions that enable our clients to focus on what they do best. Some of the specific services we offer include:

  • Providing advice and counsel on and litigating matters involving restrictive covenants in employment agreements, confidentiality, incentive compensation and stock award agreements, employee raiding claims, unfair competition claims, and other employment-related business torts;
  • Counseling employers on expeditious international transfers and travel strategies for specialized employees;
  • Advising on compliance with privacy and data security mandates across the country and abroad; and
  • Defending the entire range of workplace law-related litigation, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and related tort claims, as well as class and collective actions across the U.S.

Home Security

Technology has revolutionized the home security market, and now plays a integral role in keeping individuals and families safe, as well as protecting tangible and intangible personal valuables. As the demand for customized smart home solutions continues to proliferate, and video surveillance becomes more commonplace across the globe, home security providers have infinite potential to expand their consumer offerings. As in other technology sectors, however, the competition to develop user-friendly services and systems compatible with various platforms is fierce, and immigration restrictions can make it even more challenging to secure and retain top talent. At the same time, cybersecurity threats can be even more alarming when they relate to protecting individuals’ safety.

We understand the unique challenges facing the home security industry and work with hardware, software and service providers to reduce the risk of workplace disruptions that could otherwise threaten our clients’ business operations. Some of the serviced we provide include:

  • Providing advice and counsel on and litigating matters involving restrictive covenants in employment agreements, confidentiality, incentive compensation and stock award agreements, employee raiding claims, unfair competition claims, and other employment-related business torts;
  • Counseling employers on expeditious international transfers and travel strategies for specialized employees;
  • Advising on compliance with privacy and data security mandates across the country and abroad;
  • Advising on compensation and benefits plans as well as the entire range of employee benefits matters; and
  • Reviewing employment handbook policies and designing training for management personnel.

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Nadine C. Abrahams

Nadine C. Abrahams
Principal
Chicago

312-803-2512
AbrahamsN@jacksonlewis.com

Gil A. Abramson

Gil A. Abramson
Principal
Baltimore

410-415-2023
Gil.Abramson@jacksonlewis.com

Brooks R. Amiot

Brooks R. Amiot
Office Managing Principal
Baltimore

410-415-2005
Brooks.Amiot@jacksonlewis.com

Brett M. Anders

Brett M. Anders
Principal
Morristown

973-451-6305
AndersB@jacksonlewis.com

Gregory H. Andrews

Gregory H. Andrews
Principal
Chicago

312-787-4949
Gregory.Andrews@jacksonlewis.com

William J. Anthony

William J. Anthony
Principal
Albany

518-512-8703
William.Anthony@jacksonlewis.com

Martin W. Aron

Martin W. Aron
Principal and Office Litigation Manager
Morristown

973-451-6370
Martin.Aron@jacksonlewis.com

Lori D. Bauer

Lori D. Bauer
Principal and Office Litigation Manager
New York

212-545-4025
BauerL@jacksonlewis.com

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September 20, 2017

European Court Rules on Employee Monitoring Programs and Privacy

September 20, 2017

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued its decision in the case of Bărbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08) on September 5, an appeal from a determination by the Romanian courts upholding an employee’s termination for personal use of the employer’s computer system. The Court held that the... Read More

September 15, 2017

Employers Increasingly Targets of Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act Lawsuits

September 15, 2017

Although the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act has been the law in Illinois since 2008, in the past year, there have been at least 12 class actions filed against employers in Illinois state and federal courts seeking to redress alleged violations of the Act. With recent advances in technology, the use of biometric data has... Read More

September 15, 2017

California on Brink of Further Expansion of Fair Pay Protections

September 15, 2017

California’s legislature is close to passing three bills to expand the state’s fair pay laws. The bills, introduced in early 2017, were designed to expand upon, or clarify, the amended California Fair Pay Act (CFPA). The bills include: Assembly Bill (AB) 1209: To require employers with at least 500 employees in California to... Read More

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