In SCS Healthcare Marketing, LLC v. Allergan USA, Inc., et al., 2012 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2704 (N.J. Super., Dec. 7, 2012), the New Jersey Chancery division held that the newly enacted New Jersey Trade Secrets Act (N.J.S.A. 56:15-1 et seq.) does not preempt common law claims of misappropriation of confidential information, notwithstanding statutory language seemingly to the contrary. Conceding that the statute was not a model of clarity, the court concluded that sections 56:15-9(a) and (b) of the Act must be read in conjunction, which reflected the New Jersey Legislature’s intent that the rights and remedies afforded under the Trade Secrets Act be cumulative, rather than restrictive, of the rights and remedies provided under the common law. As a result, the plaintiff’s claims withstood the defendants’ motion to dismiss on preemption grounds.
E-Verify, the electronic employment verification system operated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has been at the center of efforts to improve the employment eligibility verification system and enhance worksite enforcement efforts. On November 1, 2008, current authorization and funding for E-Verify is set to expire. On July 31, the House of Representatives passed a bill (H.R. 6633) that would extend E-Verify for five years.
An Executive Order signed by President George W. Bush on June 6 will require federal government contractors to use E-Verify, the electronic employment verification system operated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). To effect implementation of the Executive Order, a proposed rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was published in the Federal
Settlement Highlights Need for Compliance with U.S. Export Control Rules When Sponsoring Foreign Workers
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security recently reached a $115,000 civil settlement agreement with a California-based global technology company on the basis that it violated several export control regulations by allowing non-U.S. employees to have access to export-controlled technology. The settlement highlights for employers the importance of understanding and complying with U.S. export control rules.