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TOOL Blogs on Wage-and-Hour Issues

February 17, 2010
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To keep pace with developments in wage-and-hour law, several law firms have launched blogs on the topic, with attorneys writing about the latest cases and trends.
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Workers' E-Privacy at Issue

February 3, 2010
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A Supreme Court case involving a police officer's text messages may provide guidance on the limits corporate HR departments can impose on electronic communications.
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The Trouble With Online References

February 3, 2010
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An innocent-sounding recommendation could be fuel for a wrongful termination lawsuit. Here are some guidelines to consider when deciding whether your organization should permit employees to make colleague recommendations via LinkedIn or other social networking sites.
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Employees Texting While Driving Can Jeopardize a Business

January 28, 2010
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According to risk prevention specialists at Zurich Services Corp., employers could be held ‘vicariously liable’ if they permit employees to use particular technologies while driving. This could include operating a company-owned cell phone or mobile device while driving.
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Top Five Legal Issues for Employers in 2010

January 6, 2010
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Fueled by negative economic conditions, substantial layoffs and salary reductions, employees are aggressively seeking relief through challenges to their employers’ policies and practices. While the financial prospects for 2010 show some signs of improvement, there is no question that employers will see a continued increase in the breadth and amount of litigation.
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Could Your Company Be Liable for Child-Porn Viewing

December 16, 2009
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Attorneys say that employers can be held liable for negligent supervision or retention of workers who view child pornography on company computers. They can also be found liable if they discover an individual has been viewing pornography and do nothing.
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New National Health Care Claims Database to Replace Flawed System

October 29, 2009
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New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s move is seen as part of an effort to replace the flawed Ingenix system. Funding is to come from $100 million in fines collected to date.
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Ex-Ford Engineer Charged With Stealing Trade Secrets

October 16, 2009
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A former Ford Motor Co. engineer has been charged with stealing trade secrets from the automaker after accepting a job in China in 2006.
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Are Your Employees Dangerously 'Intexticated'

October 16, 2009
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Commentary: Cell phones, BlackBerrys and iPods are affecting job safety. Some businesses have already recognized the dangers associated with such devices, and have put policies in place to limit their use at work. Others, however, haven’t perceived the risk, and could be setting themselves up for lawsuits and workers’ compensation claims.
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