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Public employees lose First Amendment protection (access required)

A U.S. Supreme Court decision last month makes clear that public employees are not protected by the First Amendment when they speak out in the course of their regular job duties. The case involved a city prosecutor who alleged that ...

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What about teachers? (access required)

One group of public employees received special mention in the recent Supreme Court whistleblower case, Garcetti v. Ceballos. In the majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy responded to concerns voiced in Justice David Souter’s dissent that teachers and professors might be ...

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Concerns grow with increased employee Internet use (access required)

If you’re at work reading this story on the Internet, you may be in trouble. According to Burstek, a company that provides employee Internet management software, 78 percent of all employees access the Internet while at work for entertainment and ...

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New Jersey case worries employment lawyers (access required)

Already facing concerns about lost productivity and possible network security risks, employers are reeling from a recent decision by a New Jersey appellate court. In that case, the court reversed summary judgment for an employer, holding that because the employer ...

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Employers, workers struggle with pregnancy discrim issues (access required)

Pregnancy discrimination is a continuing problem for women in the workplace, according to both employment attorneys and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s statistics. The reasons for this are varied. Ernie Haffner, an attorney in the EEOC’s Washington, D.C. Office ...

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IRS to perform more audits in new year (access required)

In an effort to boost compliance with tax laws and regulations, the IRS recently announced that it would increase the number of audits it will conduct in the next fiscal year. “The IRS increasing its audits is just one piece ...

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Judicial Conference OKs new Rules of Procedure (access required)

Proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure moved one step closer to passage last month when the Judicial Conference approved controversial new Rule 32.1, which would allow lawyers in all circuits to cite unpublished opinions. The conference also ...

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Supreme Court Rules On Music Downloading (access required)

Peer-to-peer file sharing companies may be liable for the distribution of copyrighted material by their consumers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last Monday. The decision, MGM Studios Inc. v. Grokster Ltd., No. 04-480, came on the final day of the ...

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City May Seize Property For Economic Development (access required)

Local governments may seize private property for public use even where the sole purpose is economic development, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled late last month, 5-4. When the city of New London, Conn., presented a plan to revitalize its economy, ...

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Will Patent Reform Become A Reality This Year? (access required)

Patent lawyers may soon find themselves in the same situation as bankruptcy attorneys – coping with an overhaul of their legal system. A draft of a reform bill called “Patent Act of 2005” has been circulated by the House Subcommittee ...

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