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Legal Trends: Noncompetes — What Employers Should Know

March 15, 2023


Maryland employment lawyers discuss the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed ban on noncompetition agreements and what it would mean for your business.

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Kirsten Eriksson
Veronica Jackson
Kirsten Eriksson
Miles & Stockbridge
Veronica D. Jackson
Miles & Stockbridge

Kirsten Eriksson represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law throughout the country. Her clients range from local businesses and nonprofits to large national companies in various industries such as education, government contracting and financial services. Eriksson has represented clients in state and federal courts, as well as in proceedings before the EEOC, various state and local agencies and private mediators and arbitrators. She regularly drafts noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, and enforces and defends against such agreements in court.

In addition to adversarial proceedings, Eriksson regularly advises clients how best to comply with employment laws relating to employee handbooks, harassment and discrimination, training, evaluations and terminations, wage and hour issues, and implementation of leave policies. Her assistance to clients includes drafting policies, performing training and conducting internal investigations. She has conducted audits of her clients’ compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, advised about the classification of employees as exempt or nonexempt and limited exposure for unpaid overtime or equal pay.

Eriksson also has drafted affirmative action plans for government contractors and assisted companies with government audits of those plans. She has also litigated and published extensively on the distinction between employees and independent contractors.

Veronica D. Jackson defends employers in a broad range of litigation matters and advises on all aspects of employer-employee relations. She has litigated a wide range of employment disputes, including discrimination and sexual harassment claims, leave issues, retaliation, and wrongful discharge. She has represented employers in both state and federal courts, in numerous jurisdictions, and at all stages of litigation, including early motion practice and discovery, trial, and appellate work.

In addition to employment litigation, Jackson serves as a trusted advisor to her clients on all aspects of employment law, including noncompete agreements, counseling them on leave and performance and discipline issues, OSHA compliance, drafting workplace policies, and performing training for employees and senior managers. She has extensive experience conducting internal investigations for clients regarding allegations of workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation under Title VII and ADA, and incidents of alleged workplace violence.

Jackson also practices in the area of data privacy and security, helping clients through data breach and cybersecurity incident responses. She provides legal advice regarding preventive efforts and legal compliance related to privacy and data security, including under laws such as GDPR, FERPA and CCPA. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Jackson chairs the firm’s Miles Minority Network and serves on its Recruiting Committee. In 2019, she was honored on The Daily Record’s VIP List, which recognized the success of Maryland professionals 40 years of age and younger.