McInnes Cooper merges with Sydney law firm LaFosse McLeod

McInnes Cooper merges with Sydney law firm LaFosse McLeod

STORY CONTINUES BELOW THESE SALTWIRE VIDEOS SYDNEY, NS — Law firm McInnes Cooper has increased its presence in Cape Breton by merging with LaFosse McLeod. McInnes Cooper established in Sydney when it merged with Breton Law Group in September 2022. Although announced earlier, the merger with LaFosse McLeod became official Monday. “It was just a good fit for both of us really. They are providing a lot of access to resources, a great team, a great collaborative environment. … It’s just really a positive thing for both of us, ” said Ian Parker, who was the managing partner at LaFosse MacLeod and is now a partner at McInnes Cooper.…

Senators Release Report from Government Watchdog on the Prevalence and Economic Effects of Noncompete Agreements Amid Intensifying Federal and State Efforts to Restrict Use

Senators Release Report from Government Watchdog on the Prevalence and Economic Effects of Noncompete Agreements Amid Intensifying Federal and State Efforts to Restrict Use

On May 17, 2023, US Senator Rob Wyden (D-OR) announced the release of a long-awaited report on the US Government Accountability Office’s multi-year investigation into the use of noncompete agreements across the US labor market. In announcing the release, Senator Wyden said that the GAO report “highlights the problems of noncompete agreements – particularly their impact on limiting workers’ fundamental freedom to change jobs,” and pledged to “fight tooth and nail for fair labor laws that protect workers and promote the creation of new businesses in Oregon and nationwide.” In March 2019, Wyden and a bipartisan group of US senators – including Todd Young (R-IN) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) – requested that the GAO investigate the prevalence of noncompetes in the US and the effects of such agreements on workers and the economy as a whole.…

The NLRB Finds Unlawful Confidentiality and Non-Disparagement Provisions in Severance Agreements: Non-Disparagement, Non-Disclosure, Non-Allowed

The NLRB Finds Unlawful Confidentiality and Non-Disparagement Provisions in Severance Agreements: Non-Disparagement, Non-Disclosure, Non-Allowed

On February 21, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) continued its aggressive application of the National Labor Relations Act (“Act” or “NLRA”) to workplaces without union representation and lessened the value of severance agreements for all employers by finding it unlawful for an employer to merely proffer a severance agreement that includes broad non-disparagement and confidentiality provisions to an employee. in Mclaren Macomb, the Board held that a severance agreement that contained a confidentiality clause and a non-disparagement clause was unlawful because, in the Board’s view, these provisions impermissibly infringe on employees’ rights under the Act. Specifically, the Board found that these two provisions limit employees’ ability to discuss their wages, hours, and working conditions (which could include disparaging remarks) with other employees, prevent employees from assisting other employees seeking assistance, and hinder employees themselves from seeking assistance from the NLRB, unions, and other outside organizations.…