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Epstein Becker Green Continues Growth of Chicago Office with Addition of Michael S. Ferrell

Epstein Becker Green (EBG) is pleased to announce that Michael S. Ferrell, an experienced labor and employment lawyer who provides businesses with counseling on a variety of workforce management matters, has joined its Chicago office as a Member of the Firm. Mr. Ferrell comes to EBG from Jones Day.

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Robert J. Munnelly, Jr. To Present Data Security Program At MCLE

Mr. Munnelly will analyze the latest data security developments affecting Massachusetts businesses and institutions in 2019, and provide practical guidance on the critical legal and operational measures that must be addressed in an effective information security program.

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Maryland Poised to Increase Minimum Wage to $15

Maryland appears poised to increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next few years, joining California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and various local jurisdictions, including its own Montgomery County and neighboring District of Columbia.

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DOL Issues Proposed Overtime Rule – Employment Law This Week

A Trending News interview from Employment Law This Week: New Proposed Overtime Rule.

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Counsel 2U: Marketing & Advertising Series

We are thrilled to introduce our inaugural Marketing & Advertising quarterly seminar series. Each seminar will focus on a different aspect of how the latest legal developments are affecting marketers, agencies and ad tech companies, paying particular attention to how innovative and leading-edge changes in law, cases and regulations are shaping today’s market.

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Bipartisan Group of Six Senators Seeks GAO Review of Non-Competes

On March 7, 2019, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”), requesting that the agency perform a review of the effect of non-competition agreements “on workers and on the economy as a whole.” The six signatories to the letter were Chris Murphy (D-CT), Todd Young (R-IN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR). In particular, they asked the GAO to assess:

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Four new lawyers joined RSS in February

RSS fought the “February blahs” very aggressively by recruiting four lawyers, who will be joining the firm’s vitality:

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Compliance with the New Proposed DOL Salary Threshold May Create Challenges for Many Employers

As we wrote in this space just last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has proposed a new salary threshold for most “white collar” exemptions.  The new rule would increase the minimum salary to $35,308 per year ($679 per week) – nearly the exact midpoint between the longtime $23,600 salary threshold and the $47,476 threshold that had been proposed by the Obama Administration.  The threshold for “highly compensated” employees would also increase — from $100,000 to $147,414 per year.

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Pennsylvania District Court Concludes Ex Parte Communications between Defense Counsel and Putative Class Members Are Improper

In putative class action lawsuits, it is not uncommon for counsel for the employer to interview putative class members about the claims in the lawsuit. A new decision from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has concluded that such communications could be improper, at least in that state.

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Even If “Secret,” Information Will Not Qualify As a “Trade Secret” Unless Adequate Measures Were Taken To Protect That Secrecy

A federal judge in Chicago recently taught a painful lesson to an Illinois employer: even if information is sufficiently sensitive and valuable that it could qualify as a “trade secret,” it won’t unless the owner of the information took adequate steps to protect its secrecy.

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