Webcast: Antitrust Agencies Issue Guidance for Human Resource Professionals on Employee Hiring and Compensation

January 24, 2017

​Antitrust authorities around the world are increasingly taking an interest in companies’ hiring practices and compensation decisions. On October 20, 2016, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission jointly issued guidance for human resource (“HR”) professionals regarding the application of the federal antitrust laws in this area. The guidance focuses on HR professionals as gatekeepers, explaining that they “often are in the best position to ensure that their companies’ hiring practices comply with the antitrust laws.” The guidance also states that companies and individual HR professionals may be held criminally liable for antitrust violations in this area. Join Gibson Dunn for a one-hour discussion of the guidance, as well as how authorities in Europe would deal with these issues. Participants can also earn MCLE credit.

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Daniel G. Swanson is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, with offices in Los Angeles and Brussels. Mr. Swanson has been a trial and appellate litigator for over 30 years, and has Co-Chaired Gibson Dunn’s highly-regarded Antitrust and Competition Practice Group since 1996. His practice focuses on U.S., U.K., EU and international antitrust and competition law, including trial and appellate litigation, class actions, criminal investigations and cartel defense, merger review and government civil investigations, regulatory and competition policy matters, and antitrust counseling.

Rod J. Stone is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and has extensive experience in antitrust, government investigations, unfair competition and competitive business practices litigation, including class actions. Mr. Stone’s antitrust litigation practice has encompassed a broad range of antitrust issues under the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act, the Robinson-Patman Act, the FTC Act, and state antitrust and unfair competition laws. He has litigated claims of alleged monopolization, tying, exclusive dealing, price fixing, group boycott, refusal to deal and price discrimination, among others, in civil litigation and government investigations throughout the country.

Jessica Brown is a partner in the Denver office of Gibson Dunn and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment, Class Action, and Electronic Discovery Practice Groups. She has been ranked by Chambers USA for twelve consecutive years as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Labor and Employment.” She also has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America®. The Denver Business Journal named Ms. Brown winner of the 2015 Outstanding Women in Business Award for the Law category. She was previously named one of Denver’s “Forty Under 40.”

Ali Nikpay is a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and head of its competition practice group in London. He has more than 20 years of merger control, antitrust and litigation experience in both the private and public sectors. He has served in important positions at both the European Commission’s DG for Competition (DG COMP) and the UK competition authority. He has particular expertise in global cartel investigations and matters that are complex from an economic perspective. He has counseled clients such as UBS, Gala Coral, Schlumberger, Facebook, Marriott Hotels, and Debenhams plc. Clients he has advised prior to joining Gibson Dunn include GE, NTT DoCoMo, KKR, and CVC.