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Michael J. Sheehan concentrates his practice on employment litigation with a focus on prosecuting and defending unfair competition litigation involving large scale raiding, inevitable disclosure of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and non-compete agreements. A nationally recognized litigator, Michael has extensive courtroom experience, having tried dozens of cases to verdict across the United States. He has acted as lead counsel and successfully defended private and public companies against age, gender, race, retaliation, sexual harassment and trade secret/raiding cases. He has also litigated numerous large scale wage and hour class actions in state and federal court. Read Michael Sheehan's full bio.

Worker Safety, Privacy Clash as Temperature Checks Become Norm


By on Jun 18, 2020
Posted In Employment, Privacy and Data Security

Employers are poised to collect health data from their workforces daily as they adopt temperature checks and other screening protocols to fight the coronavirus, triggering concerns about workers’ privacy and whether the practices will continue beyond the pandemic. “The temperature checks give employees and customers the feeling of safety and the idea that the company...

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2019 Global Employment Law Year in Review


By , , , , , , and on Mar 17, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor

We are proud to introduce the first annual McDermott Global Employment Law Year in Review: 2019. The purpose of this publication is to provide you with concise summaries of many of the laws and court decisions from 2019 that significantly impact employers and employees all over the world. Many of the updates presented in this...

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Coronavirus Resource Center | Preparedness Planning for Businesses


By , , and on Mar 4, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor

In our global economy, Coronavirus (COVID-19) raises serious concerns for employers in all industries. Workers may be on the front lines caring for patients and developing vaccines, travelling for business, or in close contact with individuals who travel or may have been affected. At this time, there is no vaccine or medication approved to prevent...

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Employment Cases to Keep an Eye on in 2020


By on Jan 2, 2020
Posted In Employment, Labor

This year, the US Supreme Court will get a chance to say whether federal civil rights law protects gay and transgender employees from discrimination, and California courts will grapple with recent changes making it harder for Golden State businesses to label workers as independent contractors. McDermott’s Michael Sheehan looked at these and other cases to...

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The Global Repercussions of Local Employment Risks


By on Oct 10, 2019
Posted In Employment, Labor

While campaigning for President in 1932, Franklin Roosevelt promised a crowd in Pittsburgh that he’d balance the federal budget while cutting “government operations” by 25 per cent. When he returned to Pittsburgh during his 1936 campaign, Roosevelt asked his staff how to answer questions about that unfulfilled promise and was told “deny you were ever...

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