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Social Media At Work - What's Allowed and What Isn't? PODCAST - Inside Law
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Ann Curry’s Departure from the Today Show Presents a Number of Lessons for Employers
Businessweek Reporter: BigLaw Is "Crash Landing"
[Legal Perspective] When Is It NOT Okay to Delete Your Social Media Account?
D.C. Court Wreaks Havoc on NLRB Pro-Worker Cases
Can You Be Fired for a Tattoo?
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Social Media Law Report - Who Owns Your LinkedIn Account, FTC Guidance on Social Ads, More...
Your Employer Doesn’t Own Your LinkedIn Account, and They Shouldn’t Try To
What You Need to Know About New Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez
Study Reveals Alarming Statistics On Theft and Employee Misuse of Company Data
As Expected, Noel Canning v. NLRB Headed to the Supreme Court
Marijuana in the Workplace
5 Risks of Telecommuting (And How Employers Should Handle Them)
Two Key Elements Every Social Media Policy Should Include
Corporate Law Report: Global HR, Textual Harassment, Working Interviews, and Other Workplace Issues
As Supreme Court Defines “Clothes,” Biggest Impact Will Be on Judiciary’s Deference to DOL
How to Handle Illegal Interview Questions
Last week, a hydraulic fracturing equipment supplier was hit with a putative class action lawsuit in federal court in Pennsylvania, alleging violations of state and federal wage and hour law. ...more
In This Issue: Legislature Enters Final Stretch; Appropriators Receive Bad News Regarding Revenue Forecast; Tax Reform Proposal Officially Rolled Out; Major Initiatives of the Governor Topic of Debate...
In this memorandum, OSHA states that it will be reviewing the use of temporary workers during every inspection. OSHA has already been particularly interested in the oil and gas industry. In 2011, OSHA issued a special...more
Momentum is growing in the legislature as the clock ticks toward adjournment. Emotions ran high as legislators worked well into the night during a demanding three-day legislative week. While several significant pieces of...more
A quiet week in Augusta. The House and Senate did not meet and only five Committees met to work on legislation. When the Legislature returns next week, there will be less than two months to go until the statutory adjournment...more
On April 10, the Treasury Department released its “General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2014 Revenue Proposals.” Known as the “Green Book,” the document provides an explanation of the Administration’s FY...more
EDITOR’S NOTE -
The last few months have not failed to provide interesting False Claims Act (FCA) activity in the courts. We begin our newsletter by examining a case brought in the energy sector, alleging that a...more
In an effort to reduce the occurrence of accidents, injuries and spills during oil and gas activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) of the U.S. Department of...more
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, tabled Budget 2013 today. In his Budget Speech, the Minister lauded Canada’s economic strength and achievements over the last seven years, while acknowledging that there are...more
A private person who inspects a workplace can be held liable for injury or death due to hazards that should have been found and addressed. That is effectively what the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia recently held...more
“These violations reflect one of the problems we’ve found in the oil and gas extraction industry—employees are improperly classified as exempt from the FLSA and are not paid the proper wages in accordance with federal law.” -...more
Dow Kokam, a company jointly owned by The Dow Chemical Company, TK Advanced Battery LLC and Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault, announced layoffs of U.S. workers in December. The company has a total U.S. workforce of about 250...more
Here is the good news: “MSHA acknowledges…the majority of mine operators are conscientious about providing a safe and healthful work environment for their miners.” So says the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in...more
Staying Off MSHA’s “Naughty List” -
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently released a Final Rule that significantly changes the way the Agency charged with protecting America’s miners enforces one of...more
In This Issue:
New Caledonia - an overview; Company law; Mining law; Environmental law; Immigration; Employment; and Overview of the New Caledonian tax system.
Except from New Caledonia - an overview:
A terminated employee brought claims against his former employer for wrongful termination in violation of the California False Claims Act (“CFCA”), public policy, and the whistleblower protections provided by the Labor Code. ...more
OSHA issued a new guidance document in December regarding the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by oil and gas well workers....more
In This Issue:
- Dept. of Labor Wage & Hour Enforcement to Focus on Shale Employers
- Spilman Assists in Transition of Site from Steelmaking to Shale Gas
- Natural Gas Fueling Stations Coming to I-79 in W. Va. and...more
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) announced in December of 2012 the recovery of $187,165 of wages for 69 employees as part of its multi-year ongoing enforcement initiative focused on vendors...more
There may be many good reasons for employers to maintain their vehicles, but one reason not often considered is avoidance of occupational health and safety charges and fines....more
On Wednesday, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) kicked off its regulatory agenda by lifting the veil on its final rule to revise the Pattern of Violations (POV) system under 30 C.F.R. Part 104. Unless...more
On August 1, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) standards for General Working Conditions in Shipyard Employment (1915, Subpart F) became effective. These standards included requirements covering...more
A Kentucky coal mine operator and two of its supervisors have pled guilty to willful safety violations in the wake of a miner’s death....more
A miner’s temporary reinstatement benefits stop once the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission orders an end to a discrimination proceeding. The ruling last month by the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is a...more
After much contention,Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, and President Obama signed the legislation on January 2, 2013. The Act avoids automatic sunset provisions that were scheduled to take effect...more
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