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State Workplace Law News

Magazine article HRMagazine

State Workplace Law News

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For state workplace law developments, visit www.shrm.org/ LegalIssues/StateandLocalResources.

TRADE SECRET STATUTE NOW LAW IN NEW JERSEY

Following the lead of 46 other states and the District of Columbia, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law a trade secret statute modeled after the Uniform Trade Secrets Act. The statute provides owners of trade secrets with a civil claim for trade secret misappropriation and several remedies. It also specifies certain defenses that may not be asserted by trade secret defendants and sets procedures to be followed by courts in trade secret litigation.

CALIFORNIA ARBITRATION AGREEMENT IN JOB APPLICATIONS 'UNENFORCEABLE'

A provision in an employment application requiring the applicant, but not the employer, to submit all disputes to arbitration was both procedurally and substantively unconscionable, and therefore unenforceable, the California Court of Appeal has decided. The agreement was procedurally unconscionable because the applicants had no opportunity to negotiate terms, the applicable arbitration rules were not provided and the employer did not explain the agreement's meaning. …

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