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Troubling Legal Twist The Interplay of Unlawful Employee Internet Use and Workplace Torts

September 8, 2006
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HR managers must deal with worker misuse of electronic communications. A recent court case highlights a new legal concern: the application of workplace torts to illegal employee Internet use.
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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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Off the Clock Overtime Claims

March 23, 2006
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Computer records can be helpful. If, however, the records contain the incorrect information, they can be used as a sword against, instead of a shield for, the company.
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Data Breach Laws A Wake-up Call for HR

February 10, 2006
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A significant new category of employment-related privacy legislation has burst upon the scene: data breach notification laws. Employers need to take data breach legislation as seriously as they take such data laws as FCRA and HIPAA.
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Data Breaches Within the Past 12 months Involving HR Data

February 10, 2006
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During the past year at least 15 breaches of confidential data at major companies involved employee records only. Unlike breaches involving customer data, theft of employee data can become a pressing HR issue by throwing into question the trust in management.
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Liability for Employee Internet Misuse

February 7, 2006
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This decision imposes an expansive duty on an employer, beyond simply investigating and stopping inappropriate Internet activities at work.
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Proliferation of Camera Phones Calls Up a Wide Range of Risks Relating to the Workplace

May 26, 2005
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Camera phones have created a host of risks for employers, including the loss of trade secrets and employee privacy concerns.
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Bloggers Find The Ax is Mightier Than The Pen

March 3, 2005
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Some companies see the benefits of blogging, but many remain wary of employees leveling criticism or sharing company information. And some have fired the online diarists.
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What Employers Should Know About Blogs

March 1, 2005
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Recommendations from attorneys on how employers can address the Internet activities of their employees during and after work, while not infringing on employee rights.
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