Lawmakers in Washington have enacted a new law (formerly S.B. 5288) requiring school districts in the state to implement policies to prevent and punish cyberbullying. The state will appoint an advisory committee to develop a model policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying conducted by electronic means. The committee will also prepare sample materials for students and instructions on setting up hotlines or other means of reporting cyberbullying.
A company is not liable for injuries sustained in a vehicle accident caused by one of its employees. The employee, though driving a company truck, was acting outside the scope of his employment when the accident occurred because the employee was traveling to meet his wife on a purely personal errand.
A state appeals court has ruled that a company’s noncompete agreement is unenforceable because it is overbroad. The court ruled that the company has “no protectable interest in public information” and “cannot deem by fiat all information…acquired through employment is confidential.”