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NLRB case on investigations proves puzzling to lawyers (access required)

Employee handbook restrictions on confidentiality are not the only kind of confidentiality that law firms and other employees have to worry about. When an employer conducts an internal investigation, it usually wants everybody to keep it quiet. Last year, the ...

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Employers face risk if rules on work use of personal devices aren’t clear (access required)

Employers are increasingly allowing their employees to use their own laptops, tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices for work purposes – and that is creating a plethora of potential legal issues. Employment defense lawyers say that every business should have ...

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New case could impact sex-abuse, job-bias cases (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that the First Amendment’s ministerial exception bars job-bias suits against religion-based employers likely will have an impact far beyond discrimination claims. The affirmative defense could be invoked in other cases, including those alleging sexual abuse ...

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Congress set to pass two-year patch for estate tax (access required)

WASHINGTON – For years, estate-planning attorneys have been aiming at a moving target, as they faced uncertain laws that literally changed from year to year until the federal estate tax disappeared completely in 2010. “I’ve never seen anything like it ...

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