1. Brian Chevlin, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Pernod Ricard USA, is here with some advice on how to build a committed legal team through a culture of appreciation.

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    This is a "Tip of the Week" segment from Employment Law This Week® (Episode 49: Week of November 7, 2016), an online series by Epstein Becker Green. youtube.com/watch?v=Q5uNHdFoDuo

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The “Tip of the Week” offers one perspective on possible human resource ideas or business practices. It presents the perspective of an individual not affiliated with Epstein Becker Green and should not be considered legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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  2. Welcome to Employment Law This Week® ! Subscribe to our channel for new episodes every Monday!

    This week's stories include . . .

    (1) White House Issues Call to Action on Non-Competes

    Our top story: The White House issues a call to action. The administration is calling on states to combat what it describes as the “gross overuse of non-compete clauses today.” The statement recommends legislation banning non-competes for certain categories of workers and prohibiting courts from narrowing overly broad agreements. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman answered the call immediately, announcing that he would introduce relevant legislation in 2017. Zachary Jackson, from Epstein Becker Green, comments:

    "President Obama's call to action encouraged states to take action to do three things. One, to ban non-competes for certain types of employees, such as low-wage earners; two, to increase transparency in the way that employers communicated with employees about non-competes; and three, to incentivize employers to write non-competes that are enforceable. ... It used to be that non-competes were subject to scrutiny in the courtroom, but now we're seeing that scrutiny also in the media and in the political arena. ... With scrutiny of non-competes occurring in additional fora, it's important for employers to review their non-competes, both to make sure that they are enforceable and to make sure that they're administered to appropriate levels of employees."

    Read a recent blog post on this topic: http://bit.ly/2fC4uhr

    (2) High Court Will Hear Transgender Bathroom Case

    The Supreme Court will examine the definition of “sex discrimination.” The High Court has agreed to hear a case involving a transgender student and his use of the boys' bathroom at school. The legal issue at the center of the case is the interpretation of regulations implementing Title IX, which bans sex discrimination in schools. The Department of Education has put out guidance interpreting "sex discrimination" to include claims based on gender identity, and the Fourth Circuit deferred to that interpretation in this case. This case could have implications for other laws that prohibit sex discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

    (3) Texas Court Blocks Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations

    Federal contractors get a reprieve from the “blacklisting” rule. A Texas federal court issued a temporary nationwide injunction on portions of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule. The executive order includes controversial disclosure requirements for government contractors and restrictions on arbitration. The district court ruled that the prohibition on certain arbitration agreements conflicted with the Federal Arbitration Act, and the reporting requirements could allow contractors to be disqualified from obtaining contracts without due process.

    (4) New York City Council Passes First Freelancer Wage Protection Law

    The New York City Council has passed the nation's first legislation bolstering protections for freelancers. The "Freelance Isn't Free" Act, which passed unanimously, implements penalties for employers who do not pay freelance workers within 30 days of services rendered. In addition, the Act requires a written contract for freelance work worth $800 or more. The contract must include an itemized accounting of the work to be performed and the rate of pay. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the bill.

    (5) Tip of the Week

    Brian Chevlin, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Pernod Ricard USA, is here with some advice on how to build a committed legal team through a culture of appreciation.

    Visit EmploymentLawThisWeek.com.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The “Tip of the Week” offers one perspective on possible human resource ideas or business practices. It presents the perspective of an individual not affiliated with Epstein Becker Green and should not be considered legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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  3. Rounding out our month-long series honoring diversity in the workplace is Dr. Barbara Warren from the Mount Sinai Heath System. She serves as Director of LGBT Programs and Policies, in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Barbara shares some strategies for creating an inclusive environment for transgender employees.

    Click here for more about Epstein Becker Green’s lifetime commitment to diversity: http://bit.ly/2dvZHhj

    This is a "Tip of the Week" segment from Employment Law This Week® (Episode 48: Week of October 31, 2016), an online series by Epstein Becker Green. youtube.com/watch?v=gqWI1YTSwZM

    Visit EmploymentLawThisWeek.com.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The “Tip of the Week” offers one perspective on possible human resource ideas or business practices. It presents the perspective of an individual not affiliated with Epstein Becker Green and should not be considered legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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  4. Welcome to Employment Law This Week® ! Subscribe to our channel for new episodes every Monday!

    This week's stories include . . .

    (1) DOJ and FTC Release Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals

    Our top story: The DOJ intends to investigate anti-competitive trade practices. The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission released joint guidance for HR professionals on how antitrust laws apply to employment. The guidance explains that agreements among employers not to recruit certain employees—or not to compete on terms of compensation—are illegal. Notably, the DOJ announced that they plan to criminally investigate “naked no-poaching or wage fixing agreements” that are unrelated to legitimate collaboration between businesses. In the past, both agencies have pursued civil enforcement. Here’s Peter Altieri, from Epstein Becker Green, with more on the announcement.

    "Employment antitrust issues typically arise when two companies enter an agreement together. That agreement could be as to wages of employees, hiring of employees, employee benefits. … That doesn't mean that you can't agree not to hire each other’s employees when it’s ancillary to a legitimate agreement such as an M&A transaction, a nondisclosure agreement, or when settling a lawsuit. … Criminal investigations by the DOJ means that the stakes are much higher. It ups the ante for the individual executives because they could be facing criminal prosecution, and jail time, as opposed to just civil fines against the company or individually."

    Click here for more on this story: http://bit.ly/2efTMYH

    (2) EEOC Approves Updated Strategic Enforcement Plan

    The EEOC recently approved its updated five-year Strategic Enforcement Plan. The update identifies priorities like equal pay protection and preserving access to the legal system, and places special emphasis on enforcement in two emerging areas. The first is complex employment relationships in the 21st century workplace, such as independent contractor relationships and the on-demand economy. The second is backlash discrimination against Muslims, Sikhs, and those of Arab, Middle Eastern, or South Asian descent. Charges that implicate an area of emphasis will draw extra scrutiny and are more likely to be thoroughly investigated.

    (3) New I-9 Form to Be Released

    A new I-9 form is on the way. The Department of Homeland Security is expected to release a new version of the Form I-9 by November 22. After January 21, 2017, previous versions of the form will be invalid. The new I-9 includes some structural changes and a “Smart” PDF version with features to help employers avoid fines. For example, the form will flag inconsistencies in the information entered by employees about their citizenship or immigration status. DHS and the Department of Justice significantly increased the penalties for I-9 violations, effective August of this year.

    (4) California Appeals Court Rejects Wage Statement Challenge

    California Appeals Court rejects a wage statement challenge. California requires employers to provide itemized statements of wages to employees when they are paid. In this case of first impression, a former Motel 6 employee alleged that the chain violated the state’s Labor Code by not including accrued vacation time and paid time off in their statements. Upholding a lower court, the appeals court ruled that, like retirement benefits, unused vacation time does not become a quantifiable wage until the employment ends.

    (5) Tip of the Week

    Rounding out our month-long series honoring diversity in the workplace is Dr. Barbara Warren from the Mount Sinai Heath System. She serves as Director of LGBT Programs and Policies, in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Barbara shares some strategies for creating an inclusive environment for transgender employees.

    Visit EmploymentLawThisWeek.com.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The “Tip of the Week” offers one perspective on possible human resource ideas or business practices. It presents the perspective of an individual not affiliated with Epstein Becker Green and should not be considered legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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  5. In celebration of Global Diversity Awareness Month, Rebecca Shambaugh, President of SHAMBAUGH Leadership and best-selling author of It’s Not A Glass Ceiling, It’s A Sticky Floor, offers some advice on creating more inclusive leadership for the 21st century.

    Visit EmploymentLawThisWeek.com.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The “Tip of the Week” offers one perspective on possible human resource ideas or business practices. It presents the perspective of an individual not affiliated with Epstein Becker Green and should not be considered legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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