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ERISA preemption of state slayer statutes: does it matter?

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Over the last decade, courts around the country have been asked to decide whether ERISA preempts state slayer statutes – state laws that prohibit a murderer from collecting benefits as the beneficiary of the victim’s estate or as the surviving ...

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Workplace airspace could become OSHA’s next drone zone

FILE - In this June 11, 2015, file photo, a hexacopter drone is flown during a drone demonstration in Cordova, Md. An appeals court has struck down a Federal Aviation Administration rule that required owners to register drones used for recreation.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently made a change to its inspection practices that should lead employers to keep eyes on the sky above their work sites. The safety watchdog late last year issued an under-the-radar memorandum announcing that ...

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Medical-pot law could trip up employers, employees alike

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Tedrick Housh began his discussion of Missouri’s new medical-marijuana constitutional amendment just after the audience finished its afternoon break, complete with coffee and snacks. “Did everyone enjoy the brownies?” Housh, an attorney at Lathrop Gage, said at a labor and ...

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HR Connection: A new lesson in ADA compliance

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Something that I believe sets me apart from others in the HR consulting arena is my ability to relate to the business challenges my clients face. In addition to the HR and regulatory-compliance challenges, I know the difficulties of managing ...

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New or revamped privacy laws mean new worries for general counsels


Data breaches are the nightmare scenario for any organization in the 21st Century. No matter how tech-savvy the company, there is no airtight way to protect a network and the wide array of sensitive client and customer data that resides ...

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Legal community turns its eyes toward attorneys’ well-being

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The legal community’s efforts to help ensure that attorneys stay well, both mentally and physically, has become a movement during the past few years. While there has long been help for attorneys suffering from or at risk for substance abuse, ...

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An eye on the future


As general counsel for biometrics company ZOLOZ, Karen Dickinson guides a team turning science fiction into real-life, cutting-edge tech

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