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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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October 2, 2018

California Restricts Confidentiality Provisions Concerning Information Related to Sexual Harassment

October 2, 2018

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed three bills into law that restrict employers in the securement of non-disclosure, release, and non-disparagement agreements that attempt to limit parties in discussing sexual harassment-related factual information. Senate Bill 820 (SB 820) Settlement agreements that prevent an individual... Read More

October 2, 2018

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

October 2, 2018

The State of New York has issued final guidance on combating sexual harassment in the workplace. This includes updated guidance on the mandatory sexual harassment prevention policies and annual employee training applicable to employers in New York beginning October 9, 2018. The updated final guidance and other resources, including a... Read More

October 1, 2018

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

October 1, 2018

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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