Today's special report takes a closer look at business and employment law.

  • As economy worsens, laid-off employees resort to stealing company data

    At 12:15 p.m. on the Friday that he expected to be laid off, Jim, the vice president of sales for a burgeoning high-tech company, sat down at his desk, unpacked his sack lunch and placed the earbuds of his iPod snugly into place while a nondescript pearl-colored cable downloaded 500 megabytes of company data into his iPod. After polishing off his turkey sandwich, Jim had his very own "stimulus plan," equaling 19,000 excel spreadsheets, softly whirring and tucked securely in his sports coat. No one was the wiser.

  • Crackdown on worker classification: Are California employers ready?

    These days, California companies attempting to keep their businesses afloat are facing difficult decisions -- layoffs, reductions in compensation and health benefits, to name a few.

  • SEC chief troubled by BofA, Merrill Lynch issues

    DENVER -- The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday it would be "troubling" if her agency had been "deliberately excluded" from talks about Bank of America Corp.'s (NYSE: BAC) acquisition of Merrill Lynch.

  • U.S. companies deny mistreating foreign workers

    JACKSON, Mississippi -- A federal lawsuit that claims two Mississippi companies lured foreign workers to the United States with false promises of good jobs, then forced them to live in storage buildings, is "unfounded and false," a company president said.

  • High court test for voting rights in Texas case

    AUSTIN, Texas -- The community of Canyon Creek was ranchland rich with limestone and cedar trees when Jim Crow held sway in the South. The first house wasn't built until the late 1980s and not even a hint of discrimination attaches to this little slice in suburbia.

  • Jury awards $3 million to former United employee

    DENVER (AP) -- A federal court jury in Denver has awarded $3 million to a former United Airlines employee after finding the company retaliated against her for complaining about discrimination.

  • Bill would ease unionization of farmworkers

    SACRAMENTO -- Democratic lawmakers last week urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to support legislation that would make it easier for California farmworkers to join a union.

  • Do you know where your company's sensitive information is?

    According to a recent survey, information you believe is confidential may also be in your competitor's offices. A report from the Ponemon Institute details that companies are doing a poor job preventing former employees from stealing data.

  • EXPERT INSIGHTS: Employment law

    Employment law encompasses a broad area of the employer/employee relationship, including federal and state statutes, administrative regulations and judicial decisions. For businesses to succeed, they must stay abreast of this ever-shifting area of law. The Daily Transcript asked a few local leaders to share their insight and advice about upcoming and ongoing changes in employment law.

  • Five key strategies for wage/hour compliance

    Wage and hour issues are taking center stage again. The current recession has resulted in increased wage and hour claims filed by unemployed individuals seeking money. With turnover and hiring in flux, new employees assigned to duties requiring expertise in payroll and wage and hour compliance expertise must be provided with adequate training. Here are five strategies to reduce claims filed against your business:

  • Employers should heed the WARN-ing when making cuts

    As businesses are forced to downsize with increasing frequency these days, company officials have to be careful the pink slips are issued properly.

  • Fairfield investor suit says actions rose to fraud

    April 27 (Bloomberg) -- Fairfield Greenwich Group, the hedge fund that steered $7 billion to Bernard Madoff, faces new claims of fraud by investors who previously alleged negligence against co-founders Walter Noel, Jeffrey Tucker and Andres Piedrahita.

  • Maersk cook sues over job in 'pirate-infested' waters

    A cargo-ship steward who was taken hostage by Somali pirates sued Waterman Steamship Corp. and Maersk Line Ltd. for sending him into what he called “pirate- infested waters” without adequate protection.

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Profiles

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  • SEC chief troubled by BofA, Merrill Lynch issues

    DENVER -- The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday it would be "troubling" if her agency had been "deliberately excluded" from talks about Bank of America Corp.'s (NYSE: BAC) acquisition of Merrill Lynch.

  • U.S. companies deny mistreating foreign workers

    JACKSON, Mississippi -- A federal lawsuit that claims two Mississippi companies lured foreign workers to the United States with false promises of good jobs, then forced them to live in storage buildings, is "unfounded and false," a company president said.

  • High court test for voting rights in Texas case

    AUSTIN, Texas -- The community of Canyon Creek was ranchland rich with limestone and cedar trees when Jim Crow held sway in the South. The first house wasn't built until the late 1980s and not even a hint of discrimination attaches to this little slice in suburbia.

  • Jury awards $3 million to former United employee

    DENVER (AP) -- A federal court jury in Denver has awarded $3 million to a former United Airlines employee after finding the company retaliated against her for complaining about discrimination.

  • Bill would ease unionization of farmworkers

    SACRAMENTO -- Democratic lawmakers last week urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to support legislation that would make it easier for California farmworkers to join a union.

Containing Report

Law Week 2009

From April 27 to May 1, The Daily Transcript celebrates Law Week with a weeklong series honoring the business of law. Coverage includes attorney profiles, Q&As with San Diego legal experts on a variety of topics, and coverage of hot issues like patent reform, employment law, and real estate law.

Companion Reports

Law Week - Friday - 2009

This weeklong series honoring the business of law in San Diego culminates with a look at clean tech and environmental law.

Law Week - Thursday - 2009

This Law Week special report features corporate law, bankruptcy and the economy.

Law Week - Tuesday - 2009

Intellectual property and education are some of the topics covered in today's special report honoring the business of law.

Law Week - Monday - 2009

This weeklong series focusing on the business of law in San Diego kicks off with a look at the construction and real estate legal arenas, including a Q&A with local attorneys.

Archived Reports

Law Week 2009

From April 27 to May 1, The Daily Transcript celebrates Law Week with a weeklong series honoring the business of law. Coverage includes attorney profiles, Q&As with San Diego legal experts on a variety of topics, and coverage of hot issues like patent reform, employment law, and real estate law.