In this episode of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, Partners Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs, along with fellow Partners Sheri Adler and Mary Weeks, chat about the ultimate whistleblower — police officer Frank Serpico — and the SEC’s recent crackdown on whistleblower provisions in employment and separation agreements. Listen in as the group shares a top 10 list of drafting tips to ensure compliance.

Continue Reading Navigating Employment and Separation Agreements: Lessons From Al Pacino’s <em>Serpico</em>

On February 5, the regional director for Region 1 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) ruled that the student-athletes on Dartmouth College’s men’s basketball team are “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and, therefore, are eligible to vote on whether to unionize. Applying the Board’s common law test, the regional director reasoned that the basketball players are employees “because Dartmouth has the right to control the work performed by the men’s varsity basketball team, and because the players perform that work in exchange for compensation.” Although this decision is likely to be appealed to the full Board, it could ultimately result in a ruling with a significant impact on the status of student-athletes across all divisions and all sports within higher education.

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In this episode of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, Partners Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs welcome Katie Stark, senior director, commercial counsel for Collegium Pharmaceutical. The team delves into the topic of dress codes, drawing inspiration from the movie Erin Brockovich, and explores the intersection of personal style and professional expectations. As a bonus, the trio also share their most embarrassing fashion faux pas!

Continue Reading Dressing for Success: Workplace Fashion Inspired by Julia Roberts’ <em>Erin Brockovich</em>

In this episode of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, Partners Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs are joined by Marie Latoff, president and founder of Verita, LLC, a firm specializing in workplace investigations. Drawing parallels from the movie Minority Report, they discuss best practices and pitfalls to avoid when conducting workplace investigations.

Tune in for an engaging and informative discussion about navigating the investigation process.

Continue Reading A Deep Dive Into Internal Workplace Investigations: Tom Cruise’s <em>Minority Report</em>

Once again, the H-1B cap filing season is upon us. The H-1B is a popular U.S. work visa available to highly skilled foreign nationals who are offered a qualifying position by an employer. This visa is also known as a “specialty occupation” visa because in order to be eligible for this visa category, the offered position must require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a specific field.

Continue Reading The Annual H-1B Cap Lottery: An Overview

On January 2, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a hotly anticipated final rule, which establishes a six-factor test for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor for purposes of coverage under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule was adopted after publication of a proposed rule in October 2022 and following a 61-day comment period in which the DOL received more than 55,000 comments. The final rule also rescinds an independent contractor rule, issued in January 2021, which never went into effect due to legal challenges. The new final rule becomes effective on March 11.

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In this episode of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, Partners Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs sit down with Carol Cookerly, founder of Cookerly PR, a national marketing, PR, and crisis management firm. Drawing parallels from the TV show, Ozark, they explore how strategic planning and quick decision-making can effectively manage workplace crises.

Continue Reading Navigating the Storm: Crisis Management in the Workplace

Troutman Pepper’s Deborah Spranger, Mateusz Saykiewicz, Tracey Diamond, and Brent Hoard recently authored Reuters Legal News article “Navigating Legal Obstacles in Life Sciences Restructurings” where they discuss how life sciences companies can mitigate legal risk when undergoing a restructuring. 

Q. Did New York institute a ban against noncompete agreements?

A. No. In a significant victory for New York businesses, New York Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed a bill that aimed to ban noncompete agreements within the state.

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California enacted several new employment laws for 2024, summarized below, including expanded paid sick leave, leave for reproductive loss, protections for employee cannabis use, additional noncompete enforcement limitations, workplace violence prevention program requirements, and industry-specific workplace laws.

Continue Reading Unpacking California’s 2024 Employment Laws: Key Changes Employers Need to Know