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January 6, 2014

Corporate Lawyers Prepping for Stepped-Up Scrutiny in 2014

Wage-and-hour rules, anti-corruption laws, and data-security breaches are at the top of the list of concerns for corporate general counsel in 2014, the Wall Street Journal reports:

Labor issues are on the minds of many U.S. employers, as the number of federal class actions over alleged wage-and-hour violations, such as failure to pay overtime, continues to rise. The Supreme Court is expected to rule this year on whether workers at U.S. Steel Corp. should be compensated for the time spent donning and shedding protective clothing, and for time spent getting from the locker room to their work stations.

Additionally, many lawyers are worried about the effect that increasing bounties for whistleblowers will have on their compliance programs. The Journal reports that GCs would prefer that workers take advantage of internal reporting programs first.

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