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A cradle full of trade marks names as marks
  • Adams & Adams
  • South Africa
  • July 3 2017

What’s in a name? A lot, apparently, as celebs abroad have realised the value, or potential value at this stage, of protecting the names of their


Gossip can amount to bullying
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Australia
  • October 30 2015

Spreading gossip about other workers may be bullying under the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) according to a recent decision in the Fair Work Commission


NLRB once again puts employers on notice regarding handbook policies
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • USA
  • October 27 2015

As I've noted several times on this blog, the Nation Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is not messing around when it comes to handbook policies. In the


Psstdid you hear? NLRB oks employer’s “no gossip” rule.
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • USA
  • December 29 2014

As anyone following the goings-on at the National Labor Relations Board over the past few years knows, the Board has been aggressively fly-specking


Psssst. gossip policy runs afoul of NLRA, ALJ rules
  • Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP
  • USA
  • January 22 2014

An employer's prohibition on gossip - and firing an employee for breaking the rule - violated the National Labor Relations Act, an administrative law


NLRB nixes "no gossiping" policy
  • Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
  • USA
  • January 10 2014

Office gossip has probably been a workplace scourge since the building of the pyramids. While most managers would love to wave a wand and have the


No gossiping rule violates NLRA
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • USA
  • December 16 2013

I'm almost afraid to tell you about this decision because I don't want to gossip, but, we now know, based upon an NLRB ALJ's decision last week, a


Federal Election 2013: who will be watching you?
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Australia
  • August 14 2013

The 2013 Australian Federal Election has already been coined the 'Social Media Election', but even savvy users who frequently turn to social media


Gossip in the workplace -- insidious bullying
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • USA
  • February 10 2013

Kathleen Bartle, a longtime strategic consultant on workplace conflict, has written a short but eye-opening article about workplace gossip, which


Gossip, personality conflicts were not harassment under Ontario OHSA: OLRB
  • Dentons
  • Canada
  • January 31 2012

The Ontario Labour Relations Board has dismissed a reprisal complaint under the Occupational Health and Safety Act because the employee’s allegations which included “gossip” did not rise to the level of “harassment” as defined in the OHSA