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Matt’s trial experience includes individual and class employment cases, non-competition and trade secret litigation, complex business litigation, shareholder litigation, product liability, and mass tort litigation.

As workers were leaving their offices for the Fourth of July holiday, the Northern District of Texas issued its much-anticipated order preliminarily enjoining the effective date of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) controversial noncompete ban rule. The court’s decision, however, is limited to the named plaintiffs — a tax accounting firm and several business groups — in the case. Although the stay is temporary pending the court’s final decision on the merits of the case and applies only to the movants in the case, it signals that a permanent and nationwide injunction is likely.Continue Reading Texas Court Temporarily Enjoins FTC Noncompete Ban Rule

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently voted along party lines to enact a comprehensive ban on nearly all worker noncompetition provisions. This final rule, which applies to a broad range of employers and employees – from entry-level to executives, is scheduled to become effective on September 4, 2024, 120 days following its publication in the Federal Register on May 7, 2024.Continue Reading Understanding the FTC’s Noncompete Ban: A Comprehensive Guide for Employers

This article was republished on EACC-NY on April 25, 2024.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted along party lines (3 to 2) to ban all worker noncompetition provisions. The final rule applies to all employees, including senior executives, and will become effective on September 4, 2024.Continue Reading FTC Bans Employee Noncompete Clauses

Building on the foundation laid in the first episode, the second installment of this series uses additional examples from the TV show The Office to delve deeper into the intricacies of noncompetes. This time, Troutman Pepper Partners Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs join Labor + Employment Partner Matt DelDuca and Employee Benefits + Executive Compensation Partner Jim Earle to focus on the concept of “forfeiture for competition.” Key points that were highlighted include:Continue Reading Navigating Noncompetes: A Comprehensive Guide – Part 2

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On February 21, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) reversed course from its own Trump-era precedent when it held that an employer’s offer of employee severance agreements with broad confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions is an unfair labor practice in violation of Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (Act). In light of this change, all employers, regardless of whether they are unionized, should carefully consider actions including:Continue Reading NLRB Prohibits Confidentiality and Non-Disparagement Provisions in Severance Agreements With Broad Implications

On January 5, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 3-1 to publish its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, proposing a new rule that, if implemented, would bar employers from entering into noncompete agreements with their workers, and require employers to rescind existing noncompete restrictions with current and former workers. The proposed rule supersedes state laws that are less protective of employees, but keeps the state law that provides employees greater protection. The proposed rule excludes franchisees from the definition of “worker” and has a single, limited exception that applies to the sale of a business.Continue Reading FTC Proposes Rule to Ban Noncompete Clauses With Very Limited Exceptions

Q: We have an employee who is unable to perform some of his essential job requirements because of physical limitations due to his weight.  Do we need to provide him with an accommodation?

 A: Given that almost one-third of the U.S. population is considered obese, many employers are struggling with whether to provide accommodations for employees whose weight prohibits them from performing all of their job functions. Whether obesity falls under the Americans with Disabilities Act is a hotly debated issue. Employers must juggle the cost and resources of providing accommodations with the desire to create a comfortable environment for all employees and avoid discrimination claims.
Continue Reading Is Obesity an ADA Disability?