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Employee Mobility, Non-Competes, and NDAs: Protecting Trade Secrets and Customer Relationships in the Pandemic Era

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Please join us for a complimentary Webinar sponsored by the Amicus Curiae Committee, Cyber Security, Data Privacy and Technology Committee, and Employment Law Committee on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 for (1) hour beginning at: 8:00 AM PDT / 9:00 AM MDT / 10:00 AM CDT / 11:00 AM EDT

Please note the start time for this event as it is different than our typical Webinar presentation time.

Employee Mobility, Non-Competes, and NDAs: Protecting Trade Secrets and Customer Relationships in the Pandemic Era

Non-competes have been around nearly forever but are presently viewed pejoratively in the public discourse. Pre-COVID-19, state legislatures were competing to make their jurisdiction the next Silicon Valley by writing new laws around non-competes, thinking California's prohibition was the missing ingredient. The FTC is getting into the act through possible rulemaking. The explosion in employee mobility post-COVID-19 has made the protection of trade secrets and precious customer relationships more fraught than ever. Pre-pandemic, courts were carving out no-go zones for the former employer. Last spring’s mass employment dislocations has increased the risk to employers. This Webinar will examine strategies to consider in these post-COVID-19 times and review recent decisions on injunction applications as well as recent developments in legislative changes to the law around employee mobility. Our speakers are thought leaders on these issues and able to help us separate fact from fiction.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Many IADC members labor on one side or other of these cases and there is no doubt the economics of the profession will be affected by the outcome of the debate. Attendees will be better informed to provide guidance to legislators and courts about the implications of banning non-competes.
  2. Attendees will become more effective in counseling clients about how to use non-competes effectively post-COVID-19 to protect business assets.
  3. Attendees will become better advocates for the legal profession's role in spurring innovation through the protection of trade secrets and the encouragement of investments in employee training and development.

Peter J. Pizzi, Walsh Pizzi O'Reilly Falanga LLP, Newark, New Jersey USA

Russell Beck, Beck Reed Riden LLP, Boston, Massachusetts USA
Johner T. Wilson III, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Chicago, Illinois USA

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