Golden Globes: Time Is (Not) Up (Yet)

The 2018 Golden Globe Awards highlighted the national movement against sexual harassment with a multitude of actors and activists speaking out on the topic. Celebrities, many of who appeared in solidarity wearing black, seized on the movement’s momentum, pledging meaningful change.  The #metoo movement and the resulting “Time’s Up” initiative have underscored the urgency of the movement and seem to underlie an opportunity to define and desist sexual harassment in our country. Laura Dern eloquently described a future where “we …
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2016 – A Year in Review

At the end of each year, I take the time to reflect on our service to the community and how we help move North Carolina forward for employees and businesses. I am truly grateful for the trust placed in us by our clients. Countless times over the year we offered advice and counsel to help our clients navigate the often tricky waters of federal and state employment law.  However, many of our clients come to us in a time of …
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Laura Noble Elected to the Fellows of The American Bar Foundation

The American Bar Foundation certifies that Laura L. Noble has been elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Chapel Hill, NC — The American Bar Foundation announced that Laura Noble, founder of the Noble Law Firm, has been elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The honor is selected in recognition of exemplary dedication to the profession, commitment to the work of the American Bar Foundation, and support for the ideals and objectives of the American …
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Employment Contracts: Why You Should Actually Read Them

“Sign now, read later” is usually a bad plan with Employment Agreements as it can have particularly awful consequences. I often meet with clients shortly after they have resigned or have been terminated from their job. At the exit interview the client may have been advised by the company that all of their “restrictive covenants” remain in effect. Generally speaking, “restrictive covenants” relate to activities that the former employee is NOT allowed to do post-employment. Some examples may be to …
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The Way You Dress at Work

Generally, your employer may maintain a dress code that applies to all employees within a certain job category, even if it means that, coincidentally, the dress code happens to conflict with some workers’ ethnic or religious beliefs.  However, your employer’s policy can’t single out groups of people based upon factors such as national origin or religion.  For example, the company can’t ban employees from wearing traditional African head wraps while allowing other employees to don western-styled hats (cowboy hats, fedoras, …
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Attorney Laura Noble Named Expert Attorney Workplace Investigator

Laura Noble of The Noble Law Firm in Chapel Hill has accepted membership in the Workplace Investigations Group (WIG) Directory of Expert Attorney Workplace Investigators. WIG is a nation-wide directory of attorneys providing workplace investigation services throughout the nation who have the necessary credentials, time and ability to conduct impartial and objective investigations and to testify about their investigative process and factual findings if litigation ensues. Noble holds one of two membership seats in the Federal District Court – Middle …
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Financial Executives Group Invites Laura Noble to Speak on The Top Ten Employment Laws Executives Need to Know

Laura Noble of The Noble Law Firm in Chapel Hill has been selected by The Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG) Raleigh, NC Chapter to speak to members on the Top Ten Employment Laws Executives Need to Know on October 9, 2013. The group selected Noble due to her niche practice focused exclusively on employment law. The presentation will inform participants about the latest employment law developments, provide an introduction to a number of employment laws and explore new ideas on …
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Laura Noble Appointed to NC Advocates for Justice Order of Service for 2013

Chapel Hill lawyer chosen to promote the NCAJ mission of protecting people’s rights in the workplace, at home and in the environment. Laura Noble of The Noble Law Firm in Chapel Hill has been named in the Order of Service for the NC Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) for 2013. Members of the NCAJ Order of Service promote individual rights and protect the safety of North Carolina’s families in the workplace, in the home, and in the environment – they represent …
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What Does “Employment at Will” Really Mean?

In North Carolina, the employment relationship is described as “at-will.”  That means that an employer can terminate you for any reason, even an unreasonable one, as long as it’s not one forbidden by law or express agreement.   While this is a relatively simply statement to make, it is a lot less simple to understand in the real world.   We often  find ourselves explaining to frustrated employees why a terribly unfair workplace situation is not necessarily the basis of a law …
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Should I just Sign My “Standard” Separation Agreement & Get it Over With?

It is usually not with a feeling of great joy that an employee reads the separation agreement just handed over by his or her soon-to-be former boss.  And while your head may be spinning with anger and anxiety now is the time to put those thoughts aside and take a deep breath. There is a popular misconception that all of these agreements are “standard” and don’t require much review.  Not true.  There are many variations of key provisions that can have significant …
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