Want to Arbitrate Employee Disputes? Keep Your Paperwork!

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Scope of Whistleblower Protections

Arbitration agreements, and their use as a means to avoid class action disputes in particular, have been repeat news items in the last several years, and many companies continue to consider their use as a means to mitigate class action litigation risks. For companies who have implemented such agreements, a recent federal court decision reminds them of a seemingly simple – but nonetheless critical – point: keep accurate records of such agreements because courts may require proof before allowing a party to compel arbitration. (See Barkley, et al. v. Pizza Hut of America, Inc., et al., USDC, MDFL, Case No. 6:14-cv-376-Orl-37DAB.) Continue reading this entry

Your Car Will Be Networked to Every Other Car

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Possibly as early as before the end of this decade every new car on the road will be connected to every other new car on the road. Cars may also be connected to traffic signs, traffic signals, smartphones and other devices. U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that this could prevent almost 600,000 crashes and save over 1,000 lives a year. The Government has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment from interested people by October 20, 2014. The proposed rule will be released in 2016. Continue reading this entry

Will Self-Driving Cars be Accepted by Consumers?

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As recently discussed on Dashboard Insights, 68% of global automotive industry executives expect self-driving cars to be on the market by 2025. While self-driving cars may be on the market within the next decade, will consumers, particularly American consumers, actually want to own one?

A recent survey of 2,000 drivers found that 32% of those surveyed would “not continue to drive themselves once a self-driving car became available” and 25% of those surveyed “would never consider a self-driving car.” As traffic gets worse across the country and work days continue to extend, it is reasonable that many drivers would welcome the ability to work during their commute, with self-driving cars acting as an on-demand private car service without the costs of a driver. Continue reading this entry

Draft ISO 14001:2015 Standard Available for Public Comment

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The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation. Karen can be reached at klutz@trcsolutions.com. 

The revision of the ISO 14001 standard is now open for public comment, with the final standard publication expected in 2015, affecting over 280,000 certified organizations worldwide. Once final, the standard is expected to be in place until 2025.

Keeping the standard current with today’s environmental challenges, as well as positioning for future emerging trends, are core motivating factors in updating the standard. Environmental liability continues to expand beyond regulatory compliance to include operational, reputational and strategic business risk management. The new standard is shaping up to support environmental risk management as a core business objective and will therefore affect cross functional segments of the organization including environmental managers and business leaders. Continue reading this entry