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Patentable subject matter: An American Axle update

Technical drawing

In American Axle, the invention was directed to a method for manufacturing a shaft assembly of a driveline system, historically considered to be patentable subject matter. The first claim addressed included a step of turning a mass and stiffness of ...

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Is it time to update your social media in the workplace policy?

Social media logos

You know what really grinds my gears? The choose-your-own-adventure security boxes that websites use. “Click all boxes with a tree in it.” In those moments, I am filled with self-doubt related to the definition of tree and whether the smallest ...

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Lease pitfalls commercial landlords should avoid

Commercial real estate property

A well-drafted lease agreement will go a long way toward protecting a commercial landlord and ensuring that its expectations are achieved. However, sometimes what may seem like a minor lease term can have very large financial consequences down the road. ...

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Noteworthy and quoteworthy: two new books of quotes

If you’re relying on the internet for quotations, stop right now. Stop for two reasons. One, the internet is unreliable. It misattributes too many quotations to Abraham Lincoln, Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain. When a person is quoted, it should ...

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Behavioral health parity rules: What employers need to know

Mental health counseling

With increasing regulatory scrutiny and litigation by employees against employer sponsored group health plans, now would be a good time to find out if your employer-sponsored group health plan is compliant with behavioral health parity rules. In 2008, Congress passed ...

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The robots are here: Take care when using AI in the workplace

When used effectively, artificial intelligence, or AI, can eliminate much bias in decision-making. However, when misused, AI may actually promote the same bias it should thwart. Generally, employers use AI in the workplace through supervised machine learning, or SML, during ...

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Fighting stigma: Speaking up

For so many of us, the goal of success is what drives us to sacrifice and persist through obstacles. However, this goal of success can take on a life of its own, leading toward perfectionism, becoming our identity, and sacrificing ...

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Is any pandemic relief still available for employee benefit plans?

As we approach our third new year since the first reported cases of COVID-19, related relief may seem like old news. Although much of the government-sponsored pandemic relief has expired, there are aspects that remain germane for employer-sponsored benefit plans. ...

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