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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

HR’s Role in Protecting Trade Secrets

Start Date: 1/9/2019 7:45 AM EST
End Date: 1/9/2019 10:00 AM EST

Venue Name: Valo Park (Formerly Gannett/Tegna)

Location:
7950 Jones Branch Drive
Conference Center
McLean, VA  United States  22102

Organization Name: HR Alliance DC

Contact:
Amy Steinbicker
Email: staff@hralliancedc.org
Phone: 703-433-9576

Join us at Valo Park for our HR Alliance DC Annual Meeting and our First Program of the Year! 

Networking: 7:45 - 8:15 AM
Join us early for an opportunity to meet new people!

Program Description:
Trade secret misappropriation can cause millions of dollars in damages.  Human Resources professionals can play a critical role in the development and enforcement of 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 misappropriation occurs.  An effective protection program starts with the hiring process, involves appropriate employment agreements (such as non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements), implements appropriate measures to protect the confidentiality of trade secrets, and involves several procedures at the employment separation phase.

Additionally, in this era of social media, companies also need to understand how social media platforms and the information shared affects a company’s ability to protect its trade secrets.  Some questions which will be answered:  Can a company’s customer list be considered a trade secret in the era of social media?  How should companies go about protecting their customer lists?  Can a company even claim an interest in an employee’s social media account or the content of that account?  And how does social media affect the use and enforcement of non-solicitation agreements?

These and many other issues involving the protection of trade secrets and other confidential business information will be discussed in this presentation.  

After attending this session, participants should be able to:

  1. understand how to identify a trade secret,
  2. implement an effective trade secret protection program,
  3. identify important issues to consider when entering into employment agreements, such as non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and non-disclosure agreements,
  4. understand how trade secrets may be at risk through social media, and
  5. identify how social media affects enforcement of non-compete/non-solicitation agreements.

Speaker: Stephen Stern
Partner with Hyatt & Weber, P.A.

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, procedures, and practices.  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, avoiding discrimination claims, accommodations for individuals with disabilities, and terminations.  In addition, Mr. Stern has been retained to conduct highly sensitive and complex investigations in both the private sector and university settings.  When litigation has been unavoidable, Mr. Stern has successfully represented clients in federal and state courts and before federal, state, and local administrative agencies across the country.  His cases have involved various contract, tort, and statutory claims concerning employment disputes, discrimination claims, consumer protection claims, bank loans, unfair competition, commercial contracts, real estate disputes, fraud, ownership interests in privately-held companies, constitutional claims, mass torts, professional discipline, false imprisonment, and civil rights violations.

Professional Development:
This program has been preapproved by HRCI for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHRTM, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRiTM and SPHRiTM.  The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s (HRCI) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.



This program has been submitted to SHRM and is valid for 1.5 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM