RPL Congratulates Client SEARCH on Premiere of FOUND on History

SEARCH is featured in FOUND, a new show that follows a group of experts across the nation to investigate the origins of old objects and relics. The show airs Monday nights on History. SEARCH is the nation’s largest archaeology and underwater archaeology company. It is involved nationally and internationally in emergency response and recovery of at-risk cultural heritage, curation and collections infrastructure, historic resource data management, large-scale land conservation, STEM, social…

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RPL Partners Helen D. “Heidi” Reavis and Alice K. Jump Featured in Article on Severance and Job Loss

Last week, The Muse, an online career resource, published an article by Stacey Lastoe on employee rights and severance in the wake of job loss that quoted RPL Partners Helen D. “Heidi” Reavis and Alice K. Jump. Ms. Lastoe asked Ms. Reavis and Ms. Jump about the general rights of employees in these situations and what, if anything, an employee can and should do to mitigate the effects. “According to Reavis…

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RPL’s Helen D. “Heidi” Reavis to Speak at International Wildlife Crimestoppers Conference on Media Coverage of Law Enforcement

On Tuesday, July 18, RPL Managing Partner Helen D. “Heidi” Reavis will be a featured speaker at the annual International Wildlife Crimestoppers Conference, addressing the subject of law enforcement coverage in the media and animal protection efforts through the media. Fellow speakers include representatives of law enforcement, animal protection and natural resource agencies from around the United States and Canada. Ms. Reavis practices in the areas of employment, dispute resolution, intellectual property…

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CNNMoney Quotes RPL Partner Nicole Page on Reality Show Contracts

Following up on legal issues recently raised surrounding ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise, last week CNNMoney published an article discussing the talent agreement used by producers of the show. CNNMoney reached out to RPL Partner Nicole Page to opine on certain provisions in the Bachelor in Paradise contract and provide insights on the rights signed away by participants appearing in the series. Read the article here. The Week, Refinery29, PerezHilton and Inquisitr have all further…

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RPL’s Nicole Page Discusses Access and Trust for Unscripted Series at Realscreen West 2017

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, RPL Partner and head of the firm’s entertainment group, Nicole Page, spoke on a panel at Realscreen West 2017, an annual conference for the unscripted, non-fiction entertainment industry. The panel, “Trendwatch: All Access Unscripted,” focused on recent television series that take audiences behind the scenes of exciting lives, occupations, stories, etc., and the issues networks and production companies face in creating these series. Ms. Page addressed the specific challenge…

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RPL Partner Deena R. Merlen to Moderate CLE Program on Employment Law

RPL Partner Deena R. Merlen, co-chair of the Employment and Labor Committee of the Fairfield County Bar Association, will moderate a CLE luncheon program next week on recent changes and developments in employment and labor law. “Hot Topics and Changes in the Employment Legal Landscape” will answer questions about employment policies on marijuana laws and federal law, workplace pay secrecy rules, sexual orientation bias and other recent areas of development. The luncheon…

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RPL Counsel Dara L. Onofrio Elected to SCSU Alumni Board

RPL Counsel Dara L. Onofrio was recently elected to the Southern Connecticut State University Alumni Board. Ms. Onofrio graduated cum laude from SCSU in 1981 with a Bachelor’s of Science in chemistry. RPL congratulates her win! Ms. Onofrio is Counsel to the firm, focusing on intellectual property matters with special emphasis on patent prosecution and licensing in numerous fields of science and invention. Read more about our firm’s intellectual property practice…

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Waiver of Future Employment Clauses: Legal Issues and Practical Tips from RPL Partner Alice K. Jump

When an employee is involuntarily terminated, hard feelings are likely to arise on both sides, particularly if the employee asserts some claim in connection with the termination.  It is therefore common, whether in the context of a general severance agreement or in connection with the settlement of a particular claim, for the employer to require that the former employee waive any right to seek future employment with the employer.  “No…

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