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Employment

Killing the Boss in Effigy is Not Protected Activity Under NLRB

Many commentators have seen the NLRB’s various public pronouncements severely limiting employers’ ability to fire employees for often demeaning and intemperate social media criticisms of managers and their employers.  The message has basically been that anything goes when you are attacking the company or your boss, under the incredibly broad (and growing) concept of protected concerted activities – i.e., where two or more workers engage in actions to improve working conditions or wages.   Now comes word – albeit in a non-social media context – that there may be limits even at the N

Parental Leave Policies: Progressive US Companies Pave the Way

As today’s New York Times reflects, some of the US’s most innovative companies are expanding parental leave policies in moves that are light years ahead of the law. These changes are being led by technology companies, where the “product” in many ways is the people who create the code or processes or sales of ever-better solutions for business and personal needs.

Follow the Money

“Soccer Probe’s Latest Target: Banks,” The Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2015 C1. Banks asked to explain how they failed to detect the large payments of bribes in the FIFA soccer/football scandal.

Did the banks know, or should they have known, that there was illegal activity going on?  Were their controls effective?  Or reasonable?  And did they follow their own procedures?

The Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes

It’s like a fat doctor telling you to go on a diet.

“Hacking Software Firm Hacked,” The Wall Street Journal, July 7, 2015 B1.  Records show that firm sold its software to customers in countries with restrictive regimes, perhaps in violation of law.  Software allows law enforcement to read encrypted emails.