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Peter Steinmeyer

is a Member of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, the Chicago office Managing Shareholder, and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Practicing in all aspects of labor and employment law, he co-leads the firm’s Non-Competes, Unfair Competition, and Trade Secrets strategic initiative. For more information, or to contact Mr. Steinmeyer, please visit his firm profile page.

Recent Articles by Peter Steinmeyer

Developing a Plan for Employee Departures in California

As discussed elsewhere in this Take 5, although California employers generally cannot restrict an employee’s ability to work elsewhere, California employers can protect their trade secrets and confidential information. One pillar of a successful plan to do so is having an employee departure protocol.

Strategies for Complying with the Notice Provisions of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

At present, there is no statutory penalty for not providing the required Notice. However, if an employer fails to provide the required Notice, the employer cannot recover punitive damages or attorneys’ fees under the DTSA from an employee to whom the required Notice was not provided. (The employer could nevertheless obtain such punitive damages and attorneys’ fees under state law in nearly every state.) There may also be adverse consequences from a contractual perspective, or in a government audit, if the required Notice is not provided.