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Background Checks: A Class-Action Magnet

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO A perceivably minor stipulation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is resulting in high-profile employers paying out major class-action settlements. On April 20, Home Depot agreed to pay at least $1.8 million to settle FCRA violation claims, according to documents filed to a California federal court. In Henderson v. Home […]

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Hurdles Persist For Cannabis Company Banking, Crowdfunding

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO Colorado’s marijuana-based companies will need to wait before they can practicably outgrow their current cash-only model. State officials say, however, that solutions might be pending at the federal level. Andrew Freedman, the state government’s director of marijuana coordination, said procuring banking services for marijuana businesses is currently a top priority […]

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SEC More Proactive With Whistleblowers

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO Compliance with whistleblower protections doesn’t begin at the company’s response to whistleblowers — it begins at the company’s agreements with employees. To drive this point home, certain federal agencies are no longer waiting for unlawful employer retaliation to occur before they step in to enforce whistleblower protections. The U.S. Securities […]

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Personal Email Use Creates Headaches For Employers

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO Amid the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of her personal email account to conduct official business as Secretary of State, employers wonder if a similar scenario could present a hazard to their businesses, namely in terms of data security, regulation violations and e-discovery. When employees use private or external accounts […]

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Supreme Court Clarifies Claims-Based Coverage Rules

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO A recent Colorado Supreme Court decision established that the notice-prejudice rule, a Colorado-specific insurance statute, only applies to occurrence policies and not claims-made policies. The decision, which many insurance-focused lawyers considered predictable, nonetheless might be a teachable moment for businesses on the timely reporting of commercial insurance claims. Occurrence coverage […]

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Sony Hack Yields Lessons for Lawyers

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO In the wake of Sony Pictures’ catastrophic data breach in 2014, corporate lawyers will have a deeper involvement in enterprise data security efforts than ever before. This often forces the in-house counsel to advise on technological details that might not necessarily be in his or her wheelhouse, but experts say […]

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Changes to CADA Increase Likelihood Of Discrimination Suits

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO When the Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act Of 2013 went into effect at the start of this year, it brought Colorado’s anti-discrimination laws more in line with those at the federal level. Specifically, it expanded the remedies employee claimants can seek under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act and broadened […]

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Can SEC Greenlight Cannabis IPOs?

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has allowed a marijuana-associated company to register its shares, leaving some to wonder if cannabis company IPOs are not far behind. On Jan. 28, Terra Tech, a California-based hydroponic equipment company, was allowed registration to resell shares it had originally acquired from Dominion Capital […]

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