Protect Your Intellectual Property with Employment Agreements
Posted on Sep 09, 2015 by
URNER PADGET LITIGATION TEAM
In an era when confidential information can be secreted out the door on a thumb drive, business owners can’t depend on the goodwill of employees to keep their intellectual property safe. If you have any form of IP – and almost every business does – we recommend that you protect it with employee agreements.
While many businesses have unique intellectual property concerns, here are some of the topics we often see emerge. continue reading
The Perils of Social Media for Hiring Managers
Posted on Jun 03, 2015 by
Reginald W. Belcher
Hiring managers increasingly are checking out job applicants on social media, and it’s easy to see why: The Internet holds a trove of personal information on most of us, and it doesn’t take much time or skill to mine this data.
But, you do so at your peril, I always tell employers.
A lot of what you come across in Internet searches about a job applicant will make my job as an employment litigator harder if I’m defending you in a discrimination lawsuit. The problem is that there are certain things that you should never ask in a job interview, and yet you can’t help but stumble across these areas in a search of social media.
Remember, every click of your keyboard is subject to discovery in litigation. Once you’ve seen something, you can’t turn back the page. continue reading
Guns and the Workplace in South Carolina
Posted on Mar 12, 2015 by
Jessica Lee Gooding
Guns are a tough issue for many business owners. They may own guns and support the Second Amendment, but as business owners, they recognize that when employees bring guns to work, potential liability is created. And while some employees may feel like their Second Amendment rights are limited by workplace policies, most will understand their employer’s concern for dangerous accidents – and resulting lawsuits – that can occur when employees are permitted to carry concealed weapons. continue reading
How to Write a Workable Non-Compete Agreement
Posted on Feb 18, 2015 by
Julie Jeffords Moose
Employers invest time, training and trust in key employees, and they don’t want to see them walk out the door and help a competitor. Non-compete agreements can protect your investment in employees – but only if they’re written with reasonable restrictions. continue reading
Criminal Background Checks are a Minefield for Employers
Posted on Feb 04, 2015 by
Reginald W. Belcher
A big issue that will continue to vex hiring managers this year is criminal background checks of job applicants. Employers should be cautious in how they use background checks while we wait for the courts to clarify an area of the law that is fraught with peril. continue reading