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    6 in-house legal trends to watch in 2024

    AI, labor, antitrust, bankruptcies, women GCs and cross-collaboration are among the headlines in-house counsel can expect this year.  

    Lyle Moran and Robert Freedman • Jan. 9, 2024
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    ‘Rough ride’: 5 tips for cutting insurance costs amid climate change

    Executives face a seller’s market for commercial property insurance as carriers push up premiums and pull back from high-risk areas.

    Jim Tyson • Nov. 30, 2023
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    Companies hit with class actions under Illinois biometric data law

    After years of little activity, the Biometric Information Privacy Act is spurring litigation by consumers and employees over use of their facial scans, fingerprints and other imaging data.

    Lisa Burden • Nov. 8, 2023
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    New regulations seek to expose fashion greenwashers’ true colors

    In Europe, governments plan to prohibit fashion companies and other industries from making vague or misleading environmental claims, and the U.S. could soon do the same.

    Lauren Schenkman • Nov. 1, 2023
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    Companies hit back by trying to unmask patent troll funders

    Defendants such as Shopify try to use discovery to hammer plaintiffs who rely on financial backers to drive patent infringement lawsuits.

    Robert Freedman • June 13, 2023
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    ‘Wave’ of litigation expected as schools fight social media companies

    Districts are joining a complaint against Meta, Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube, but some doubt the firms can be blamed for teens’ mental health struggles.

    Kara Arundel • June 1, 2023
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    Payments fraud climbs as banks reach for joint response

    Financial institutions and payments players are seeking to coalesce around new efforts to battle skyrocketing payments fraud.

    Lynne Marek • May 30, 2023
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    How blockchain may improve job candidate credentialing efforts

    Leading HR groups and staffing agencies are part of an initiative to make the sharing of prospective employees' background information more reliable and secure.

    Lisa Burden • April 10, 2023
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    ‘Meme stock in reverse’: SVB collapse portends new era of viral bank runs

    SVB’s demise gave the banking sector a glimpse into how social media and digital banking can turn a financial institution from operational to insolvent in a matter of hours.

    Anna Hrushka • March 16, 2023
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    Antisemitism at work: How the face of hate is changing

    The SHRM speaker explained how antisemitism these days tends to manifest as conspiracy theories and history denial.

    Caroline Colvin • Feb. 28, 2023
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    FMLA: The 30-year legacy of a celebrated — and complicated — employment law

    The law has helped hundreds of millions of workers in its relatively short history. But the FMLA doesn’t provide paid leave, and employers say it can be difficult to administer.

    Ryan Golden • Feb. 3, 2023
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    5 trends that will shape HR in 2023

    The attention paid to people issues has placed HR leadership in the C-suite’s spotlight, but the next task is keeping the momentum going.

    Ryan Golden • Jan. 26, 2023
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    2023 outlook: Legal spend tools expected to gain greater traction

    In-house legal departments are increasingly using tech solutions that provide real-time information about outside counsel spending.

    Lyle Moran • Jan. 24, 2023
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    ‘Take a deep breath’ in response to FTC noncompete ban, attorneys say

    Despite the hurdles the proposed rule faces, employers still may need to pay attention to how it interacts with state and local laws.

    Ryan Golden • Jan. 18, 2023
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    2023 outlook: Slower economy will pressure GCs to cut spend, operate more efficiently

    General counsel are expected to rely on legal operations specialists to help them increase in-house departments’ value to the broader organization.    

    Robert Freedman • Jan. 11, 2023
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    6 in-house legal trends to watch in 2023

    Legal chiefs will be expected to do more with less even while operational costs rise and compliance risks grow.

    Robert Freedman and Lyle Moran • Jan. 6, 2023
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    Objective measures can provide flexibility under NYC pay transparency law

    By tying salary to experience and skill, employers could have a reasonable defense against discrimination claims within the range they publicize, specialists say. 

    Lisa Burden • Nov. 23, 2022
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    More large companies are hiring experienced outsiders for GC posts

    Rapid changes sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted Fortune 500 corporations to frequently seek legal department leaders from outside their ranks.

    Lyle Moran • Nov. 15, 2022
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    How to address mental health issues in compliance with FMLA, ADA

    Due to the prevalence of mental health issues, employees are often in in need of family medical leave, accommodations, or EAP assistance.

    Laurel Kalser • Nov. 8, 2022
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    ESG backlash unlikely to derail SEC climate risk rule

    SEC Chair Gary Gensler faces growing resistance to the agency’s proposal that companies provide detailed disclosures on carbon emissions.

    Jim Tyson • Oct. 17, 2022
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    Are NDAs on the way out?

    As the fifth anniversary of the #MeToo movement nears, Congress is making moves to dismantle some of the workplace roadblocks that brought it about.

    Emilie Shumway • Oct. 17, 2022
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    As NYC restricts AI in hiring, next steps remain cloudy

    Other bills are on the books, but some hope regulation will ultimately force software audits and address algorithm biases.

    Brian Eastwood • Oct. 7, 2022
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    The Stop WOKE Act may put a 'strategic pause' on DEI efforts

    If the controversial legislation goes into effect as written, it will dampen and in some instances end employer efforts to foster growth.

    Katie Clarey • May 17, 2022