Crime

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    A Rapid City employee accused of helping a local trash collector evade higher load rates struck back with his own lawsuit after he was vindicated in a criminal trial. Let's look at how he fared. Facts In 2009, Rapid City Alderman Sam Kooiker (now the mayor of Rapid City) learned from citizens that Fish Garbage Service was allegedly cheating...
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    Intoxicated Kansas worker who fell through roof qualifies for workers' compensation. After throwing back a few beers on a Sunday morning, an employee was instructed to repair the roof of a building. While he was on the roof, a swarm of ants attacked him, and he fell through the roof as he tried to brush them off. Although the employee's blood...
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    Penn State University put the issue of sexual harassment and abuse back in the news. What are your obligations when the individual being harassed isn't an employee but a member of the public? While it's an issue employers deal with less frequently than the harassment of employees, you have an obligation to protect the public from discriminatory...
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    An at-will employee can be fired for any reason as long as the reason doesn't violate a statute or North Carolina public policy. The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently decided that the firing of a small town police chief violated public policy. As a result, the court upheld a jury award of $100,000. Background Timothy Blakeley was hired...
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    The New Jersey Appellate Division recently refused to dismiss a criminal indictment against a woman who took documents from her employer to bolster her employment discrimination case. Facts According to the Appellate Division's opinion, Ivonne Saavedra worked as a clerk for the North Bergen Board of Education. At the time she engaged in the...
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    Workplace cyber-harassment (like other forms of cyber- harassment) may now be subject to criminal sanctions following enactment of new legislation in New Jersey. On January 22, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that criminalizes cyber-harassment. New Jersey joins a growing list of states that have made cyber-...
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    Lest any reader have a heart attack after reading the headline for this month's column, Justin Bieber is not being deported at the time of this writing. But his predicament highlights the need for foreign workers, and their employers, to understand what kinds of crimes and actions can land them in hot water. What did Bieber do? He was recently...
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    With the Super Bowl behind us and March Madness fast approaching, office pools are in full swing. Filling out an NCAA tournament bracket and bragging to coworkers about their predictions are sacred traditions for many employees. While employees often view office pools and other office gambling as a harmless and welcome distraction from their...
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    Often, the first reaction to suspicions of employee theft is emotional — you want to confront and discipline the wrongdoer. However, the best initial response is to take a deep breath and call your company attorney. Consulting with counsel will help protect the legal rights of both your company and the employee and help you understand and...
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    Do you suspect an employee is stealing from you? Often, the first reaction to those suspicions is emotional — you want to confront and discipline the wrongdoer. Although that may ultimately occur, the best initial response is to take a deep breath and call your company attorney. Consulting with counsel will help protect the legal rights of...
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