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Adam Abrahms Quoted in “GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News of the Week”

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Adam C. Abrahms, Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management and Health Care & Life Sciences practices, in the firm’s Los Angeles office, was quoted in Law360, in “GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News of the Week,” by Michele Gorman. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

While general counsel at Bank of America, Pfizer and more than 100 other companies opposed a deposition rule, in-house counsel at Google, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric and dozens of other prominent businesses signed a letter supporting proposed policy changes that would require disclosure of third-party funding arrangements in litigation.

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Although it’s been more than a year since the National Labor Relations Board adopted a more business-friendly test for deciding whether employee handbook rules violate federal labor law, employers are still unsure how the new standard applies.

The new test, which came in a case involving The Boeing Co., gives businesses an opportunity to justify rules that restrict workers’ rights to engage in group activity, in contrast to the prior, more rigid Lutheran Heritage Village-Livonia standard. But the board has been slow to flesh out the new standard, leaving businesses unclear on how to audit their employee handbooks for National Labor Relations Act conflicts.

“There’s still a lack of clarity, and I think the board is struggling with trying to unwind what was over a decade’s worth of really muddled analysis of these types of employee policy issues,” said Adam Abrahms, an Epstein Becker Green attorney who advises businesses on labor law.