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24 Aug 2018 Author : InfoPro Community Manager

Quickly compare laws across states with the new State Law Comparison Tool

How do wage deduction requirements and prohibitions compare in New York and Illinois? What types of personally identifiable information trigger data-breach notification requirements in Florida, Massachusetts and Ohio? Now understanding state law distinctions can be faster than ever before. There’s no longer a need to research each state individually. The State Law Comparison Tool in Lexis Practice Advisor® allows attorneys to efficiently compare laws across multiple states for a variety of practice areas and topics.


Expanding list of practice areas and topics

Lexis Practice Advisor is known for providing legal know-how and practical guidance to meet a variety of legal workflow needs. Within Lexis Practice Advisor, the new State Law Comparison Tool is designed to help law firms and corporate legal departments quickly gain insight on legal issues in multiple states while containing billable research hours.*

The tool is available now for Labor & Employment, Data Security & Privacy and Intellectual Property & Technology, and will expand to more practice areas. Topics include:

  • Data Breach Notification Obligations
  • Leave Law
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Screening and Hiring
  • Terminations
  • Trade Secret Protection
  • Wage and Hour

A Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation topic will release in the labor and employment State Law Comparison Tool in early September 2018.


Concise comparisons, flexible formats

Quickly receive clear, concise, customized state law comparisons in the format you prefer: PDFs or in Microsoft® Word or Excel® files.

Excel chart functionality enables you to analyze state legal issues side by side, or you can review the state law comparisons one after the other in a Word or PDF document.


Here’s how to use the tool

To access the State Law Comparison Tool, sign in to the Lexis Practice Advisor service and click one of the covered practice areas:

Go to the State Law Comparison Tool pod and click Get Started.

Then select your practice area and topic …

Choose jurisdictions and click Continue.

Select one or more questions for your chart or report.

Click the Download Report button.

And select the format you prefer. You can customize the Filename as well.

After you click Download, you will quickly receive the chart or report you requested.


Sample scenarios

Here are just a few of the scenarios where the State Law Comparison Tool can be especially useful:

Screening and Hiring. Can your client or company ask about a job applicant’s criminal history on its employment applications in California and Massachusetts? And if there is such a prohibition (i.e., a ban-the-box law), what are the requirements? You can choose this question: “Does the Jurisdiction Have Ban-the-Box Requirements?”

Trade Secret Protection. Compare the trade secret misappropriation standards that courts apply in New York and New Jersey. You can choose this question: “Does the Jurisdiction Have Laws or Authority that Address the Elements to Demonstrate a Trade Secret Misappropriation Claim?”

Data Breach Notification Obligation. A Fortune 500® company suffered a data breach that exposed the personal information of customers residing in Colorado, Delaware and New York. You can choose this question: “Does the state’s statute specify what the notice of a security breach must contain?”


More details
  -  For more information, please contact your LexisNexis® account representative.
  -  You can view a brief video here.


*The State Law Comparison Tool is included with Lexis Practice Advisor subscriptions at no additional charge.


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