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Embedded in the facts of a December 14, 2017 Supreme Court of Virginia opinion is an unfortunate example of how a promise to improve a company’s compliance and ethics program only got it so far in its fight to avoid a suspension. The company was competing for an Air Force contract when it became embroiled in … Continue reading Promise to Improve Ethics and Compliance Program Only Gets Company So Far
On September 25, 2017, the Court of Appeals of Washington, cited an employer’s code of ethics in a trade misappropriation case. The code of ethics was found in the employer’s employee handbook. The code instructed employees to respect the confidentiality of the employer’s processes. The former employees signed forms acknowledging their receipt of the employee … Continue reading Code of Ethics Cited in Trade Secret Misappropriation Case
On December 27, 2017, the U.S. Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed the case of a former Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. (“Teva”) employee who was fired, for cause, because he violated Teva’s: (1) Conflict of Interest Policy, Outside Employment Policy, and Electronic Communications Policy. The terminated employee was an Associate Director of … Continue reading Court Sides with Employer Who Fired Employee for Failing to Disclose Outside Employment
A Pennsylvania employer challenging an award of unemployment compensation failed to establish willful misconduct based on an alleged code of conduct violation. For roughly 13 years, the fired employee worked as a food service manager for a drug and alcohol treatment center. The employer regularly assigned residents of the treatment facility to assist in the … Continue reading Employer Challenging Unemployment Compensation Award Fails to Establish Willful Misconduct Based on Alleged Code of Conduct Violation