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A federal court has rejected an employer’s claim that by emailing a series of documents to herself before quitting, a former employee committed theft.
If you’re ever hauled into court to testify in a lawsuit against your organization, what you say, and how you say it, can sink your defense—or help you win. Here are the 10 weaknesses you must be prepared to defend:

Q. One of our former employees has asked to see his personnel file. Are we required to grant him access to it?

The U.S. Supreme Court on May 16 struck a minor blow against class-action lawsuits and took a pass on a case that could have dealt a blow to the Affordable Care Act. Both cases could have had a substantial effect on some HR operations.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation increasing the wage replacement rate under California’s paid family leave program.
Two GlaxoSmithKline scientists, one from Pennsylvania, are among five people charged with stealing trade secrets related to an anti-cancer drug the pharmaceutical giant is developing.
The last word may not yet have been written in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.
The Occu­pational Safety and Health Administration has  issued new procedures for enforcing revised injury and illness reporting requirements.
Employees who simultaneously file an EEOC charge and an internal complaint usually can’t win a retaliation claim just because their internal complaint was put on hold pending the outcome of the EEOC claim.
Increasingly, courts have been tossing out cases early on when it’s clear the former employee isn’t sure exactly what she thinks the employer did, but just assumes it was some sort of discrimination.
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