EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE
EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE <ul><li>Items To Be Discussed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employment at Will  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
EMPLOYMENT AT WILL <ul><li>  General Rule: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Absent an employment contract for a definite period of ti...
EMPLOYMENT AT WILL <ul><li>Policy to Support the General Rule: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom of contract </li></ul></ul><u...
EMPLOYMENT AT WILL <ul><li>Public Policy Exception:  </li></ul><ul><li>NC Courts have adopted a public policy exception to...
EMPLOYMENT AT WILL <ul><ul><li>Examples of Public Policy Exceptions: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sexual harassment </li></u...
EMPLOYMENT AT WILL <ul><li>Examples of Public Policy Exceptions NOT Allowed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discharge of flight eng...
EMPLOYMENT AT WILL <ul><ul><li>State Statutory Exceptions (Employee Protected) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filing worker’s ...
NON-COMPETE/NON-SOLICITATION <ul><li>Generally are valid if meet five criteria: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In writing </li></ul...
N.C. TRADE SECRET ACT <ul><li>Protection from:  Misappropriation </li></ul><ul><li>Trade Secret Defined </li></ul><ul><li>...
EMPLOYMENT POLICIES  <ul><li>Use of electronic means owned by employer </li></ul><ul><li>No expectation of privacy </li></...
THANK YOU! 1720 Hillsborough Street, Suite 200 | Raleigh, NC 27605 Tel: 919-510-8585 | Fax: 919-510-8570 1200 East Morehea...
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2009 Hot Legal Topics.Employment Law

  1. 1. EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE
  2. 2. EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE <ul><li>Items To Be Discussed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employment at Will </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nz.C. Trade Secret Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-Compete/Non-Solicitation Law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employment Policies-Electronic/Technology Usage </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. EMPLOYMENT AT WILL <ul><li> General Rule: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Absent an employment contract for a definite period of time, both employer and employee are generally free to end their employment relationship at any time and without reason. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. EMPLOYMENT AT WILL <ul><li>Policy to Support the General Rule: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom of contract </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employee cannot be forced to remain at a job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employer should not be required to continue employment if no agreement </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. EMPLOYMENT AT WILL <ul><li>Public Policy Exception: </li></ul><ul><li>NC Courts have adopted a public policy exception to the employment at will rule to allow Employees to file suit for wrongful discharge if terminated by an employer </li></ul>
  6. 6. EMPLOYMENT AT WILL <ul><ul><li>Examples of Public Policy Exceptions: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sexual harassment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Termination of employee for refusing to work for less than minimum wage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Termination based upon race, religion, color, national origin or disability by employers that regularly employ 15 or more employees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retaliation/discharge of employee for her testimony in an employment hearing against employer </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. EMPLOYMENT AT WILL <ul><li>Examples of Public Policy Exceptions NOT Allowed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discharge of flight engineer after he refused to fly a non-revenue flight back to NC because he was too tired </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discharge of employee because he associated with an out of favor member of the faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discharge of employee for refusing to submit to random drug testing </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. EMPLOYMENT AT WILL <ul><ul><li>State Statutory Exceptions (Employee Protected) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filing worker’s compensation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serving on jury </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filing OSHA complaint/testimony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filing ESC proceeding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filing complaint under State Wage and Hour Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is handicapped (15 or more employees) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has AIDS virus or HIV infection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participated in National Guard service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participated in military service </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. NON-COMPETE/NON-SOLICITATION <ul><li>Generally are valid if meet five criteria: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Part of an employment contract </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Valuable consideration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reasonable to time and territory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Designed to protect legitimate business interest of employer </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. N.C. TRADE SECRET ACT <ul><li>Protection from: Misappropriation </li></ul><ul><li>Trade Secret Defined </li></ul><ul><li>Remedies </li></ul>
  11. 11. EMPLOYMENT POLICIES <ul><li>Use of electronic means owned by employer </li></ul><ul><li>No expectation of privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone usage while driving </li></ul><ul><li>Texting/emailing while driving </li></ul>
  12. 12. THANK YOU! 1720 Hillsborough Street, Suite 200 | Raleigh, NC 27605 Tel: 919-510-8585 | Fax: 919-510-8570 1200 East Morehead Street • Suite 251 • Charlotte, NC 28204 Phone: 704-496-7495 • Facsimile: 704-496-7480 www.vannattorneys.com
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