Drafting Employee Handbooks & Protecting Trade Secrets


CLE credits earned: 2 GEN

This 2-hour seminar will provide practical tips for drafting employee handbooks and issues companies should consider when trying to protect trade secrets, including the drafting of non-compete agreements.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Essential components of an employee handbook
•   Identifying trade secrets and ways to protect them

Date / Time: November 26, 2018

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
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stephen-stern_1Stephen B. Stern is a partner in the Firm’s employment, insurance, and commercial litigation practices. In connection with his employment practice, Stephen helps employers minimize exposure to liability by developing and implementing effective employment policies, practices, and procedures. In this regard, Stephen advises employers on strategic matters, such as trade secret protection programs, non- compete, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, wage and hour practices, privacy issues, independent contractor agreements, employee handbooks, and document retention practices. In addition, Stephen advises employers on issues that arise on a day-to-day basis, such as leave requests, employee discipline, accommodations for individuals with disabilities, and termination decisions. He also conducts training seminars and investigations into allegations of misconduct. When litigation has been required, Stephen has successfully represented clients in federal and state courts and before federal, state, and local administrative agencies, including the EEOC and Department of Labor. His cases have involved claims under Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, FMLA, SOX, and similar state statutes. Moreover, Stephen has litigated numerous trade secret disputes and cases involving non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements, as well as related tort claims.

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Section I. Essential Components of an Employee Handbook
a) Benefits to a Well-Drafted Handbook
        i. At-Will Disclaimer
        ii. Introduction
        iii. EEO/Anti-Harassment Policy
        iv. Wage and Hour Compliance
        v. Time Off and Benefits
        vi. Company Property
        vii. Employee Conduct
        viii. Other Policies and Procedures
        ix. Employee Acknowledgement

Section II. Trade Secret Protection
a) What Constitutes a Trade Secret
b) Employment Agreement Provisions
        i. Non-compete
        ii. Non-solicitation
        iii. Non-disclosure
        iv. Inventions
        v. Company Equipment
        vi. Social Media
        vii. Other Provisions
c) Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine
d) Litigation