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In Yocum v. Commonwealth, an attorney working for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (“the Board”) challenged, as unconstitutional, certain temporal employment restrictions imposed upon attorneys by the Board. The Board’s restrictions stated that any employee of the Board was restricted for a period of two years after termination of employment with the Board from: (1) accepting employment … Continue reading PA Supreme Court Weighs in on Post- Employment Restrictions Finding Restrictions Apply Equally to Attorneys
This week, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee dismissed a case against Wal-Mart that involved several calls to Wal-Mart Global Ethics. See Hall v. Wal-Mart Stores, 2017 U.S. Dist. Lexis 75208. The only cause of action that the ex-Wal-Mart employee brought against Wal-Mart, however, was a statutory claim under the … Continue reading For Whom does the Whistle Blow? Common Law versus Statutory Law
When it comes to explaining where and how to report violations of your company’s code of conduct, does your code of conduct speak loud enough or does it mumble? If employees pick up a copy of the code today are the channels for reporting clear? Would a jury agree that the procedures for reporting are … Continue reading Does Your Code of Conduct Speak Loud Enough?
I remember reading the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kasten v. Saint-Gobain while I was practicing employment law at a private law firm. Back then, I was focused on what the decision meant for employers. I wasn’t reading the case through the lens of a compliance and ethics officer, so I didn’t hone in on … Continue reading Your Code of Conduct Encourages Employees to Report Violations. Are You Listening?