The District of Massachusetts recently held that garden leave payments, whereby a former employee subject to a restrictive covenant is paid by the former employer for the duration of the restrictive period, do not constitute “wages” under the Massachusetts Wage Act.Continue Reading Federal Court Determines that Garden Leave Payments Under Massachusetts Non-Compete Law Are Not Wages, Limiting Former Employees’ Leverage Under Wage Act

A dental products supply company, DHPI, won partial summary judgment from a Wisconsin federal court against its ex-employee, Ringo, for competing with DHPI both while still an employee and soon after resigning. The most interesting issues in the opinion, however, concern application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to Ringo’s copying of DHPI’s computer hard drive, and DHPI’s unsuccessful claim

Continue Reading Ex-Employee Violated Duty of Loyalty, Breached Non-Compete, and Committed Computer Fraud Act Violation, but New Employer Not Liable for Misappropriation of Non-Trade Secret “Confidential Information”