Publication: Corporate Counsel

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As Perry Faces Indictment, His GC Faces a Big Test

Texas Gov. Rick PerryOnly three months on the job and already Mary Anne Wiley, general counsel to Texas governor Rick Perry, finds herself swept into controversy and the national eye.Wiley is helping Perry as he fights an indictment by a Travis County ... [Published Corporate Counsel - 8 hours ago]
First reported 7 hours ago - Updated 6 hours ago - 1 reports

Workplace Laws Offering Leave for Domestic Abuse

©Earlier this month, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick passed a law giving a range of protections to victims of domestic violence and changing the way the state’s justice system deals with certain aspects of this problem. Part of “An Act relative to ... [Published Corporate Counsel - 7 hours ago]
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How GCs Can Benefit From Litigation Funding

VIPDesignUSALitigation funding—it’s an interesting proposition, and one that Vannin Capital in the United Kingdom is taking on. The company, founded in 2010, says it’s the world’s largest private equity-backed litigation funder, already financing litigation ... [Published Corporate Counsel - 8 hours ago]
First reported Aug 14 2014 - Updated Aug 14 2014 - 1 reports

ABA Adopts Domestic Violence Model Workplace Policy

The American Bar Association has adopted the "Model Workplace Policy on Employer Responses to Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking," according to Daniel Schwartz of Shipman & Goodwin . The policy's stated purpose is to enhance ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 14 2014]
First reported Aug 14 2014 - Updated Aug 14 2014 - 1 reports

Legislating Better Work/Life Balance

Is working nine-to-five becoming a thing of the past? It appears that it will be if President Barack Obama has his way—at least for some employees. Emphasizing the need to ensure that federal employees can balance their responsibilities at work and home, ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 14 2014]
First reported Aug 14 2014 - Updated Aug 14 2014 - 1 reports

A Busy NLRB: 4 Key Developments in the Past Year

A lot has happened at the National Labor Relations Board over the last 12 months. Since August 2013, the board has seen plenty of new developments, from the high-profile U.S. Supreme Court ruling in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning to the ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 14 2014]
First reported Aug 13 2014 - Updated Aug 13 2014 - 1 reports

OSHA Wants More Workplace Injury Data, Less Retaliation

After facing pressure from labor unions, the Obama administration is considering enforcement tools to deter companies from discouraging workers from reporting work-related injury and illness information, data the government is looking to collect and make ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 13 2014]
First reported Aug 13 2014 - Updated Aug 13 2014 - 1 reports

Dealing With Employees Who Are Suing Your Company

Many companies, at one time or another, will be sued for discrimination or harassment. When this occurs, it is not uncommon for the lawsuit to be brought by a current employee who continues to work for the company. This creates an uncomfortable situation—and ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 13 2014]
First reported Aug 13 2014 - Updated Aug 13 2014 - 1 reports

Employee Vacation Time Is Serious Business

There's nothing better than trading in the office for a good book and a Mai Tai, poolside. Or maybe exploring the catacombs of Paris, hiking a mountain, camping or just enjoying your own backyard. Everyone needs a little vacation time, and California ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 13 2014]
First reported Aug 12 2014 - Updated Aug 12 2014 - 1 reports

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Public Domain

It may seem "elementary," but it took a court of law for the public domain to come out ahead in the case of who owns characters related to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, according to Brent Lorentz of Duets Blog in a recent post . He reports that ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 12 2014]
First reported Aug 12 2014 - Updated Aug 12 2014 - 1 reports

Using the ITC to Mitigate PTO Patent Proceeding Kill Rates

In typical district court patent litigation, patent owners have greater leverage throughout the litigation. They enjoy permissive discovery standards, extensive motion practice, extended timelines and low invalidity rates. Patent owners have generally ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 12 2014]
First reported Aug 12 2014 - Updated Aug 12 2014 - 1 reports

NLRB Strikes Down Confidentiality Policy

The National Labor Relations Board is coming down against confidentiality, at least with respect to companies restricting employees’ rights to engage in certain activities, according to Maria Danaher of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart .In a recent ... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 12 2014]

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...It also "presents a model policy from which employers may develop their own workplace protocols and procedures."
...D Lewis Clark Jr., another Squire Patton partner on the webinar, said the labor board has "emphasized that it is supposed to look at the policy as a whole and not cherry-pick language in order to find a violation."
...will feel less hesitant to report their injuries and illnesses, and their employers' records and reports will be more 'accurate,'" OSHA said. "Further, given testimony that some employers already engage in such practices, and the possibility that the proposed rule could provide additional motivation for employers to do so, prohibiting employers from taking adverse actions against their employees for reporting injuries and illnesses in this rulemaking is 'necessary to carry out' the recordkeeping requirements of the Act."
...Make the policy, follow the policy: "California employees have no right to take paid vacation unless the employer has agreed to provide it" explains Brook...

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Workplace Laws Offering Leave for Domestic Abuse [Published Corporate Counsel - 7 hours ago]
As Perry Faces Indictment, His GC Faces a Big Test [Published Corporate Counsel - 8 hours ago]
How GCs Can Benefit From Litigation Funding [Published Corporate Counsel - 8 hours ago]
ABA Adopts Domestic Violence Model Workplace Po... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 14 2014]
Legislating Better Work/Life Balance [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 14 2014]
A Busy NLRB: 4 Key Developments in the Past Year [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 14 2014]
OSHA Wants More Workplace Injury Data, Less Ret... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 13 2014]
Dealing With Employees Who Are Suing Your Company [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 13 2014]
Employee Vacation Time Is Serious Business [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 13 2014]
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Public Domain [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 12 2014]
Using the ITC to Mitigate PTO Patent Proceeding... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 12 2014]
NLRB Strikes Down Confidentiality Policy [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 12 2014]
Don't Rush Into Trademark Opposition Unprepared [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 11 2014]
Cigarettes, Trademarks and Plain-Packaging Laws [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 11 2014]
Marijuana Legalization vs. Employee Drug Tests [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 11 2014]
Don't Panic: Workplace Worries Over Ebola Virus [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 09 2014]
For FMLA Notices, Snail Mail Too 'Weak' [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 09 2014]
Redundancy and Estoppel in Inter Partes Review [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 08 2014]
Surprise! Patent Approval Rate Lower Than You T... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 08 2014]
Senators Call for PTO Changes, Better Patent Qu... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 08 2014]
Policies and Procedures Lower Sex Harassment Li... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 08 2014]
How General Counsel Can Prepare For Corporate I... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 08 2014]
Getting I-9 Verification Just Right [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 08 2014]
It's Easier to Prove Retaliation Than Discrimin... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 08 2014]
Equal Pay: Obama Wants Compensation Data From C... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 08 2014]
States Fight Patent Trolls, Oppose Anti-Troll Bill [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 07 2014]
As the Workforce Ages, Discrimination Dangers I... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 07 2014]
If You Don?t Go to the SEC, Are You a Whistlebl... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 07 2014]
Walgreen Stays, But Can Washington Stop Tax Inv... [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 06 2014]
10 Years Later, Eaton Settles Trade Secrets Case [Published Corporate Counsel - Aug 05 2014]
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