Our office has received a number of calls from employees of Colorado companies who are currently working overseas. Their employment, and litigating legal issues arising in their employment, raises interesting questions of venue, jurisdiction, and conflict of law. For example, an employee may live in New Jersey and work in Afghanistan for a company based in Colorado. These cases present a conflict of laws question because it is unclear which state, or even which countries', laws should apply to the employment dispute. Similarly, some employment agreements contain a forum selection clause that requires the employee to bring a lawsuit in a different state or even a different country than where the individual resides.
Non-compete agreements are growing increasingly common in Colorado and the rest of the country. From an employer's standpoint, non-compete agreements are aimed at managing the risks that are inherent to an employee's job change.
House Bill 1136 passed by the Colorado legislature will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015. This bill will allow for employees to bring suits against employees for a larger number of classes of economic damages. Lawsuits can also be brought for non-economic damages including mental anguish, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life and emotional pain.
Looking for a new job can be a challenging time in a person's life. Whether they are unemployed or working in an undesirable job, the prospect of moving to a different position at a different company can be both exciting and stressful. On the other side of this is the employer with a position to fill. Managers and owners may also be feeling a bit anxious as they try to keep their company running with at least one job opening unfulfilled.
There is no doubt that a number of our readers are Denver Broncos fans or fans of the NFL in general so we thought it might interesting to highlight the ongoing contract dispute between the National Football League and the referee's union. The NFL is big business to be sure with $9 billion in annual revenue. The fallout of the failed contract negotiations thus far has been a real sore spot for fans and the league's reputation in general. Many pundits and columnists are calling for the head of the NFL, Roger Goodell to resign from his post in light of the debacle that this week's NFL games have entailed.