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    MCSHRM's November Meeting- Trade Secret Misappropriation

    Date: November 16, 2016, 7:00am – 9:00am
    Montgomery County SHRM
    $25.00 Member; $35.00 Non Member; $50 Walk-ins
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    Trade secret misappropriation can cause hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in damages. Companies should develop effective trade secret protection programs aimed at preventing the misappropriation of trade secrets and increasing the likelihood of success in litigation in the event that the misappropriation occurs. HR plays a critical role in this regard, from the hiring process and throughout the employment (or business) relationship, by helping develop effective policies and practices that are designed to help protect a company's trade secrets.

    After attending this session, participants should be able to:

    1. Identify potential trade secrets.
    2. Develop a strategic plan for protecting trade secrets that include asking appropriate questions during the hiring and exit interview processes, using appropriate non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements, and utilizing appropriate tools to monitor and segregate trade secrets.
    3. Help position companies to prevail in litigation in the event a trade secret is misappropriated and court action is necessary
    4. Understand the legal framework on which many policies are based, factors to consider when deciding whether to create an employee handbook or update one, considerations for the content of various policies, and certain disclaimers that should be included in each handbook.

    About the speaker

    Guest speaker Stephen Stern is a partner with Hyatt & Weber, P.A., where he advises businesses and represents them in litigation. Mr. Stern helps employers minimize risk and exposure to liability by developing effective employment policies and practices. In this regard, he advises employers on strategic matters, such as trade secret protection programs, non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements, privacy issues, wage/hour matters, independent contractor relationships, document retention practices, and employee handbooks, among other things. Mr. Stern also helps companies address issues that arise on a day-to-day basis, such as leave requests, employee discipline, accommodations or individuals with disabilities and terminations. In addition, Mr. Stern has been retained to conduct highly sensitive and complicated investigations. When litigation has been unavoidable, Mr. Stern has successfully represented clients in federal and state courts across the country and before federal, state, and local administrative agencies, such as the EEOC, DOL, and DOJ.