On April 27th Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (S.1890 (DTSA) and sent it to President Obama, who has indicated he will sign it into law. Employers will now be able to utilize federal courts and new remedies to protect themselves against the theft of trade secrets and illegal competition. This allows trade secret holders the option of going directly to federal court—with its certainty of rules, standards, and practices—and avoiding the potential uncertainty and delay of busier state courts.
Public Act 98-1037 will take effect January 1, 2015. The Act amends the Illinois Human Rights Act (775 ILCS 5). Illinois has joined the emerging trend providing protection against sexual harassment for unpaid interns who, on January 1, will be covered under the definition of “employee” for purposes of the Act’s prohibition against sexual harassment….