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Women In-House Lawyers Make 15 Percent Less Than Men, Study Finds

According to Canada's Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and Counsel Network, female in-house lawyers are earning about 15 percent less than their average randomly selected male colleagues. The results of the survey were reported by Canadian Lawyer magazine.

But the numbers can hardly qualify as news. The fifteen percent number was apparently evident about four years ago.

No company likes to lose its valuable employees to the competition. But there are things you can do to help increase employee retention. Keeping workers engaged and satisfied is your best bet, but it's common to make use of non-compete clauses and other post-employment restrictions as well.

But, because non-competes are, well, a bit anti-competitive, they have to be crafted with care, if they're going to withstand scrutiny. Here's our best strategies to help you out, from the FindLaw archives.

In early April, the Department of Labor issued its long-awaited final rules for financial advisors handling retirement accounts. And you don't have to work for a large investor for the rules to affect you. We all, after all, have a 401(k) or IRA. And now the rules governing how advisors handle those accounts -- worth trillions of dollars -- are a bit more complicated.

Here's what you need to know.

EEOC Assists Small Businesses That Can't Afford Lawyers

As any corporate lawyer knows, compliance can be a major business expense -- one so big that many businesses simply shoot first and pray for the best. The fact that federal employment and discrimination laws are so expansive means guaranteed job security for corporate lawyers.

But last month, the EEOC released a single page fact sheet that helps small start-ups get compliant quickly without the help of lawyers. Corporate lawyers may commence grumbling.

Do your protective orders, settlement agreements, and confidentiality provisions constrain information that might otherwise be reported to the government? Well, the feds would like you to knock it off.

In March, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration became the newest federal agency to bar gag provisions and confidentiality requirements that might prohibit information gained in litigation from being shared with the federal government. NHTSA now joins the SEC and OSHA in barring gag clauses and anti-whistleblowing provisions.

The federal minimum wage stands at a paltry $7.25 an hour. But while the federal government might be fine with you paying so little, some states recently have instituted drastic increases to their minimum wages.

Just last week, California and New York both adopted new laws setting a $15 minimum wage. That's a major change to the status quo -- an almost livable minimum wage, set to roll out over the next few years. Here's what you need to know.

Is Your Company Ready for the DOL New Overtime Rule?

It all happened a lot faster than any had anticipated -- or even hoped. The Department of Labor's proposed overtime regulations, which originated in President Obama's push to modernize federal labor laws two years ago, is just about to become reality.

Pros and Cons of Being a Solo General Counsel

It's one thing to be in house counsel; it's another thing to be general counsel. If you're general counsel, you're it. Things get even hairier if you're solo general counsel. The legal position of the executives and the entire company essentially rests on your professional legal opinion because you're the only one around in your immediate company that's passed the bar. The way you stand on a particular issue could mean feast or famine for your company. No pressure.

Being general counsel certainly does much to burnish your ego, but have you considered some the overall pros and cons of being general counsel?

We know, you're a lawyer, not head of H.R. But we also know that bad human resource management can easily land companies in hot water. We see it every day. Instituting a few proactive H.R. policies can help you reduce your company's risk of litigation or government enforcement actions.

Here are seven human resource and employment policies that we think every in-house attorney should consider.

For the first time ever, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed two lawsuits over sexual orientation discrimination.

Both suits are brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which does not explicitly prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Rather, the suits rely on the EEOC's relatively new interpretation that Title VII's prohibition on sex-based discrimination also covers anti-LGBT bias.