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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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My Agenda for the 109th Congress

April 28, 2005
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Mike Enzi, head of the Senate committee that handles workforce issues, spells out some of his priorities.
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Breathing Easier Over Workplace Misconduct

March 2, 2005
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The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act restores some power to employers in their efforts to manage investigations. Specifically, the act excludes “communications” to employers from outside investigative agencies from the restrictions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
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Companies Look to Protect Themselves as Employee Fraud Spreads

February 28, 2005
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With fraudulent conduct occurring at the highest levels and resulting in the fall of many corporate giants, companies have been scared straight, and are distancing themselves from employees.
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Oops, I Did It Again Ten Most Common Managerial Mistakes That Lead to Litigation

February 24, 2005
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Employers that fail to adopt and follow basic good management practices will substantially increase their risk of litigation and liability.
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The Spy Who Came Into the Court

January 13, 2005
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It’s up to the U.S. Supreme Court to say whether changed times justify a change in the rule of law that has governed contractual disputes between Uncle Sam and his espionage agents since the Civil War.
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