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Bringing Predictability to Scheduling
Seeking to protect workers from unpredictable scheduling practices, Oregon becomes the first state to pass "fair workweek" legislation. Critics of the law say government-mandated solutions "ignore the realities" of what it takes to run a business.
OSHA's Reporting Reduction
What effect will the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's recently announced reduction in the reporting of workplace fatalities have on safety efforts for employees?
Zeroing In on Zero Tolerance
A recent court ruling on Connecticut's medical marijuana law may affect employers around the country, experts say, including those operating in the growing number of states that also provide affirmative employment protections for users.
Handling PTSD with Care
Recent case decisions show that employers must be prepared to handle a variety of issues related to post-traumatic stress disorder, especially if they want to avoid hefty damages.
Dealing with Rally-Attending Employees
Free-speech issues in the workplace are top of mind for both employers and employees in the aftermath of Charlottesville. The First and Fourteenth Amendments offer little protection for individuals who engage in hate speech and are fired by a private employer, says one legal expert, but employers must also consider whether the National Labor Relations Act offers any protection to employees.
A Legislative Victory for Employers
A coalition of business groups can savor -- for now -- the demise of a proposal in Congress to cap long-established health-insurance tax exemptions worth billions of dollars annually to employers and employees.
Google's Firing Line
Experts weigh in on whether the tech giant made the right choice in firing the engineer who wrote what many considered to be an anti-diversity internal memo.
Challenging the Transgender Ban
The Trump administration's recent rollback of Obama-era sexual orientation and transgender policies has led to litigation claiming violations of due process and equal protection rights.
In the Concealed-Carry Crosshairs
As it has become easier for Americans to carry concealed weapons in public, employers must walk a fine line between protecting the workplace and respecting workers' Second Amendment rights.
NLRB Swings Right
The National Labor Relations Board, soon to be under GOP control, should deliver a measure of certainty and finality, according to pro-employer groups. But it won't happen overnight.
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Question: An employee recently left our firm and we have reason to believe he took client lists with him. His employment agreement says that he is not supposed to take any confidential information from the firm when he leaves. But confidential information is not precisely defined in our agreement. Are names and addresses, such as those found on client lists, generally considered confidential information or not?