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Dunn Avoids Prison in HP Scandal

March 14, 2007
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A California state judge has dismissed charges of fraud against former Hewlett-Packard non-executive chairman Patricia Dunn for her role in the spying scandal that rocked Silicon Valley and sent shockwaves through boardrooms nationwide.
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Employee Misuse of Business Computers

February 9, 2007
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Despite a court’s decision, it is suggested that employers have policies that prohibit the use of company-provided Internet or computers for inappropriate purposes.
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Firms Say Labor Litigation Is Top Legal Concern

November 26, 2006
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A new survey finds that employment disputes continue to be the top litigation concern for companies. But experts say simple steps—including better listening—can help prevent workers from suing.
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Are You Ready For Some (Fantasy) Football Your Employees Probably Are

October 22, 2006
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Employers have some choices in how to deal with fantasy football. They can decide to take a hard-line "old school" approach, or they can try to be more flexible and accommodate their employees' fixation.
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A Brief Guide to Guarding Trade Secrets

August 24, 2006
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Tips from intellectual property experts on how to better guard your company’s trade secrets.
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Intellectual Property Theft Lessons From Coca-Cola

August 24, 2006
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Employee intellectual property theft can cost companies anywhere from $200 million to upwards of $1.2 trillion annually. Although intellectual property experts say there is no way to protect a company 100 percent, there are innovative ways to prevent damage.
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When Employees Take the Company Jewels A To-Do List for Employers

July 7, 2006
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Here is a realistic to-do list for employers who are at risk of a mass defection or the theft of valuable company assets, or who have already suffered such an incident. It shows ways to minimize a company’s risk of losing valuable employees and property and maximize its chances of success in the event of subsequent litigation.
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High Court Ruling May Erode Whistle-Blower Protections

July 1, 2006
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While employees of private companies have no protection for workplace speech under the Constitution, they do enjoy various "extraconstitutional" protections. The Supreme Court's recent decision could have the effect of narrowing some of those safeguards, legal experts say.
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More Employers Broadening Nondiscrimination Policies to Include Transgender Workers

July 1, 2006
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The business case for fostering an inclusive work environment, rather than the threat of litigation, largely drives the decision to extend protections.
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A Sitdown With the Secretary

August 2, 2005
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Rejecting criticism that her department cares more about companies than workers, U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao talks about her record on safety, pension recovery and white-collar overtime.
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