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When it comes to the media, the fallout from typical workplace disruptions involving a company’s products or services can be amplified by the public nature of the industry itself, often requiring immediate and creative solutions.

Overview

Technology has created a boundless universe of possibilities for creating and delivering content, intensifying the demands on media companies to be innovative, not only in what information they produce, but also in how they deliver that information, art and entertainment to the public. Succeeding in this uniquely fast-paced market requires ingenuity, business acumen, and a dedicated, talented workforce. In this hyper-competitive environment, workplace disputes, defamation and negative publicity can have far-reaching consequences. Whether we are advising publishers, professional sports franchises, large convention centers, museums, theaters or other media entities, we combine our industry knowledge with an emphasis on compliance and preventive counseling to minimize these disruptions so you can focus on performance.

We counsel media industry employers on the entire range of labor and employment, benefits and immigration-related issues, and provide representation in individual and class action employment litigation. Some of the specific services we offer include:

  • Providing advice and counsel 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 matters, including international issues involving the FCPA and other laws and regulations;
  • Advising on the entire range of workplace and customer privacy issues;
  • 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.

Sports, Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

For employers in the sports, arts, entertainment and recreation industries, typical workplace disruptions can have conspicuous consequences, such as when a star player gets injured during a game, or an actor misses opening night. Beyond adapting quickly and creatively to challenging employee situations, employers in these industries must continually embrace different modalities and techniques for delivering services to customers, which are becoming available at an incredibly rapid pace. With new opportunities, however, come new risks, and companies must be vigilant in protecting their intellectual property, data, talent and reputations.

We understand that sports, arts, entertainment and recreation companies rely on legal and business solutions that help solidify relationships and enhance the possibilities for innovation. With a dedicated Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group and a team of attorneys across the country with interdisciplinary experience representing arts and entertainment industry clients, we are uniquely situated to serve your diverse needs.

Some of our specific services include:

  • Providing timely, cost-effective immigration solutions;
  • Advising on the entire range of Title III ADA accessibility and accommodation issues, as well as disability and leave management for employees;
  • Providing representation on contract and compensation matters;
  • Conducting sports franchise acquisition due diligence;
  • Providing crisis management counseling;
  • Providing representation in collective bargaining and on the entire range of labor-related matters;
  • Advising on Title IX compliance, civil rights and diversity issues;
  • Counseling on effective compliance with athlete-agent laws and regulations; and
  • Providing representation during salary arbitrations, as well as grievance advice and arbitration.

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Navigating Employment, Labor and Benefits Integration Issues in Media Industry Mergers and Acquisitions

October 17, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - 1.5, SHRM - 1.5
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Sexual Harassment Claims in Media and Entertainment: High Level Strategies on How to Prevent, Protect and Recover Your Reputation

November 15, 2017 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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California Restricts Confidentiality Provisions Concerning Information Related to Sexual Harassment

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New York State Issues Final Guidance Regarding Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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Claims of Workplace Harassment in California to Receive Greater Protections under New Law

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Beginning January 1, 2019, new California law creates several new protections for employees bringing harassment claims. Highlights of Senate Bill 1300 (SB 1300) follows: Employer Responsibility for Nonemployees SB 1300 mandates that an employer may be responsible for the acts of nonemployees with respect to any type of... Read More

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