07/25/2012 - Anyone familiar with history knows the perils of taking too literally—or perhaps at all—Nietzsche’s concept of the Superman, but recent news about problems with U.S. Secret Service agents offers a lesson in the more mundane pitfalls of thinking there is any such thing as an Übermensch.
06/27/2012 - A California appeals court has ruled that a company can be held liable for harassing statements made by employees on a blog. Even though the blog was accessed by employees while they were off-duty, the court ruled that once the company learned of the blog, it had a duty to act to stop the harassment.
06/27/2012 - An employee of a privately held company (as opposed to a publicly held company that comes under regulatory authority of the Securities and Exchange Commission) is not covered by the whistleblower protections offered under Sarbanes-Oxley, according to a recent appellate decision. The employee is not protected even if his employer provides services to a public entity that is covered by the act.
05/29/2012 - A federal district court has ruled that a company’s attendance policy violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because it required employees to disclose the nature of their illness when providing documentation for sick leave. Under the company’s policy, a doctor’s note had to include the illness or reason for the sick leave. The court noted that this could require employees to divulge information about a disability, a violation of the ADA.
05/04/2012 - Facebook usage in the workplace is on the decline as companies implement social media policies, according to a new report released by firm that provides Web content filtering for companies.
03/23/2012 - A New Jersey law (formerly A.B. 921) establishes the protection of trade secrets and establishes penalties for violation of the law. The law is a version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, adopted by most U.S. states. (New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Texas are the only states that have yet to adopt a similar law.)
03/23/2012 - A bill (H.R. 2501) introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against unemployed applicants. The bill would also prohibit advertising a job and indicating that unemployed status is a disqualification.