Google broke labor law by retaliating against workers, federal agency alleges

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Laurence Berland, who was fired from Google, at a rally last year.


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A federal agency on Wednesday alleged that Google broke US labor laws by surveilling, interrogating and firing employees who organized protests against the search giant, according to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board.

The filing addresses the firings Google workers including Laurence Berland and Kathryn Spiers, who were terminated by the search giant last year after the company said they had violated its internal policies. The NLRB complaint, however, alleges some of those policies are unlawful and that Google illegally questioned its employees about “protected concerted activities.”

Google on Wednesday defended the action it took against employees. “We strongly support the rights our employees have in the workplace, and open discussion and respectful debate have

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Google broke US labor law by spying on and firing workers, complaint alleges

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Laurence Berland, who was fired from Google, at a rally last year.


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The National Labor Relations Board alleges Google broke US labor laws by surveilling and then firing employees who organized protests against the search giant, according to the Worker Agency, an advocacy firm that works on labor campaigns. 

The complaint by the NLRB, which was filed Wednesday, addresses the firings of Laurence Berland and Kathryn Spiers, the Worker Agency said. The pair were terminated by Google last year after the search giant said they had violated its policies. 

Some of those policies are unlawful, according to the NLRB complaint, which alleges Google has illegally interrogated and suspended workers. Details of the complaint were related by the Worker Agency, which worked with Berland, Spiers and Laurie Burgess, legal counsel

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The Law Offices of Frank R. Cruz Reminds Investors of Looming Deadline in the Class Action Lawsuit Against Tactile Systems Technology, Inc. (TCMD)

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov 27, 2020–

The Law Offices of Frank R. Cruz reminds investors of the upcoming November 30, 2020 deadline to file a lead plaintiff motion in the class action filed on behalf of investors who purchased Tactile Systems Technology, Inc. (“Tactile” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: TCMD ) securities between May 7, 2018 and June 8, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”).

If you are a shareholder who suffered a loss, click here to participate.

On March 20, 2019, an amended Qui Tam complaint against Tactile was unsealed, alleging that the Company illegally paid hospital staff to induce physicians to prescribe its medical devices and had submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare and Veteran’s Administration (“VA”).

On this news, Tactile’s share price fell $4.53 per share, or over 7%, over two consecutive trading sessions to close at $55.57 per share on March 22, 2019.

Then, on February 21, 2020, the

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Social Media Section 230 Law: No One is Happy

What is Section 230?

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act gave social media giants like Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., Google, and YouTube broad immunity for the content they publish from users on their sites.

The law dates back to 1996 when no one could foresee the power of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

No One is Happy

The Wall Street Journal reports Social Media’s Liability Shield Is Under Assault

Democrats say the immunity has allowed companies to ignore false and dangerous information spreading online, since the companies generally aren’t liable for harmful content.

Republicans focus their ire on another aspect of Section 230, which says companies broadly aren’t liable for taking down content they deem objectionable. President Trump and others contend liberal-leaning tech companies have used that provision to block conservative views.

It may make sense for there to be liability for some of the

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Gov. Murphy Signs Body Camera Mandates For All NJ Police Into Law

NEW JERSEY — Citing the need for increased transparency and in the interest of improving interactions with the public, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Tuesday morning requiring all New Jersey law enforcement to wear body cameras.

Murphy signed one law that requires every uniformed state, county, and municipal patrol law enforcement officer to wear a body worn camera, subject to funding appropriated by the Legislature.

Exceptions are permitted for officers engaged in undercover assignments, meeting with confidential informants, performing administrative or non-uniformed duties, and when directed by a superior officer for a lawful purpose.

“We’ve made it clear that New Jersey will be second-to-none in enacting vital reforms to promote transparency and boost public confidence in law enforcement,” said Murphy. “Body worn cameras are a wise all-around investment in public safety that not only redouble our commitment to transparency and accountability, but also ensure that members of law enforcement are

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Above the Law, Evolve the Law, and Legal Tech Media Group Partner to Deliver Revolutionary Legal Tech Content

NEW YORK, N.Y. and DEL MAR, Calif., Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Above the Law (ATL), Evolve the Law (ETL), and Legal Tech Media Group (LTMG) announced today they have partnered to launch ATL’s NON-EVENT, a new virtual resource for lawyers and law firms of all sizes to access the latest in legal tech information.

The legal profession has been experiencing rapid technological change, even before COVID-19, and that pace has accelerated exponentially during the pandemic. To help the legal community understand these changes and demonstrate how they impact lawyers, the partners have launched the ATL NON-EVENT: the first stop for news, opinions, reviews, how-tos, and the adoption of all things legal technology.

The Non-Event will be geared specifically for lawyers — the key decision-makers in a law firm’s buying decisions — instead of the niche technology professionals who are often served by technology events. Because of this approach,

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UK telecom companies face big fines under new security law

British telecom companies face hefty fines if they don’t comply with strict new security rules under a new law proposed to Parliament on Tuesday

LONDON — Telecom companies in Britain face hefty fines if they don’t comply with strict new security rules under a new law proposed in Parliament on Tuesday that is aimed at blocking high-risk equipment suppliers like China’s Huawei.

The Telecommunications (Security) Bill tightens security requirements for new high speed 5G wireless and fiber optic networks, with the threat of fines of up to either 10% of sales or 100,000 pounds ($134,000) a day for companies that don’t follow the rules.

The draft law paves the way for the U.K. government to formalize Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision in July prohibiting Huawei from building Britain’s

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Law firm claims stake in tape strips used to lift moon dust off Apollo 11 sample bag

A Kansas City law firm has filed suit over what it claims is its financial stake in five small strips of possibly-moon-dust-stained carbon tape, extending an already complicated — and, at times, convoluted — legal saga that has surrounded a white zippered pouch that was used on the first moon landing mission 51 years ago.

The defendant, an Illinois real estate attorney who sold the Apollo 11 lunar sample return bag for $1.8 million, succinctly characterized the situation in the first line of a court filing with regard to the law firm of Wyrsch Hobbs Mirakian (WHM) and its attempt to enforce a lien on the tape strips.

“The story underlying this matter and other related litigated matters is long,” the attorneys for Nancy Lee Carlson wrote in a motion that was filed with the District Court of Kansas in March.

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Canada promises big fines for companies that breach new privacy law

OTTAWA, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Companies that fail to protect the personal information of Canadians could be fined up to 5% of global revenue under the terms of a proposed new privacy law, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said on Tuesday.

Bains said the Digital Charter Implementation Act – designed to update regulations that are 20 years old – was needed at a time when the coronavirus epidemic was increasing Canadians’ reliance on digital technology.

The draft law, which must be adopted by Parliament, says Canadians who feel their data has been improperly gathered or shared can turn to the country’s Privacy Commissioner and demand the information be deleted.

The commissioner can order a halt to the collection and use of an individual’s information. Companies that do not comply could be fined up to 5% of their global revenue for serious contraventions.

“We’re talking about potentially billions of dollars,” Bains told

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The Future Of Cybersecurity Law Hinges On The Supreme Court

Later this month, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Van Buren v. United States, a case long-awaited by the cybersecurity community on the nation’s primary anti-hacking law, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The Court’s decision on Section 1030(a)(2) will determine whether companies can block researchers from analyzing systems to uncover vulnerabilities, pinpoint cybercrime sources and warn of potential bad actors and fraud schemes. Such findings help to protect us and improve the cybersecurity efforts of both public and private sector organizations. The Court’s ruling will either be a significant win for the security community, setting the legal parameters for legitimate security research or a detrimental roadblock, pushing security researchers into perilous situations and society into the digital Dark Ages. 

The CFAA currently prohibits intentionally accessing a computer without authorization or in excess of authorization, but fails to define what “without authorization” and “exceed

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