Category Archives: Employee Handbook

New Illinois Law Renders Non-Compete Agreements for Low-Wage Employees “Illegal and Void”

On August 19, 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the “Act”).  The Act prohibits certain Illinois employers from entering into non-compete agreements with low-wage employees.  The law takes effect January 1, 2017. The … Continue reading

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Defend Trade Secrets Act Creates Federal Jurisdiction Over Misappropriation Claims

Congress recently passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), vesting federal courts with the power to hear trade secret theft disputes and act immediately to resolve them. The DTSA took effect May 12, 2016, and further empowers American innovators to … Continue reading

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Every Employer’s Best Friend: The Employee Handbook

It’s a new year, and there’s no better time to create an employee handbook or update your existing one. A well-drafted employee handbook effectively communicates workplace expectations, policies and procedures to employees. When management follows its written policies and procedures, they … Continue reading

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