Generally, employees have no privacy rights to their emails at work. Federal wiretapping laws allow employers to read email with employee consent or in the ordinary course of business, if the employer has a legitimate business purpose.
Many employers now have email systems that copy all email messages to check for productivity, illegal use, and other legitimate concerns.
If the computer system belongs to the employer, then the employer is allowed to monitor employee communications, as long as they have a valid reason for it.
Like reading email, video-only recordings of employees are generally legal, but they must be used for a reasonable purpose. Legitimate reasons include preventing theft, maintaining security, and measuring productivity.
Currently, federal law does not require employee consent for video
Activist and soccer ball dribbler Richard Swanson, whose goal of dribbling a ball from Seattle to Brazil inspired fans around the world, died Tuesday after being hit by a pickup truck.
Swanson, 42, was struck while walking on Highway 101 along the Oregon coast. He started out from Seattle on May 1, with the goal of walking and dribbling all the way to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, the Associated Press reports. Swanson wanted to promote his love of soccer and the One World Futbol Project, which donates soccer balls to developing countries.
The sad news of Swanson’s life being cut
Planning to win the Powerball jackpot? If you’ve already picked out your lucky numbers, you should also cross your fingers in hopes that you don’t squander the winnings. Lottery winners are notorious for losing it all, as Business Insider reminds us.
Since you’re obviously going to win the $600 million prize, here are five tips to make your jackpot last:
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The Huffington Post is reporting a heartwarming story about a father and son who are slated to graduate from Morehouse College on Sunday, after spending three years together on campus.
The younger Joyner and his father, Dorian Joyner Sr., will both be graduating from Morehouse College this Sunday after spending three years together on campus. President Barack Obama will be speaking at the ceremony.
While the elder Joyner initially attended the school from 1984 through 1988, he dropped out early to build his career, according to a profile on the Morehouse website. Years later, after his oldest son had began attending Morehouse, he decided he wanted to re-enroll and complete his degree.
While his son was initially shocked by his dad’s decision, he said he liked having him around on campus.
“We used to have a support system.
Conservative radio host Glenn Beck issued a scathing rebuke of the NAACP based on the comment of former chairman Julian Bond, who said that he believed the controversial actions of the Internal Revenue Service were “completely legitimate,” according to a report at the Huffington Post. “They are a joke, and an affront to everything that Martin Luther King and anybody who ever … Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, you are an affront to their memory,” Beck said.
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First lady Michelle Obama delivered an impassioned commencement address at Bowie State University in College Park, Md., on Friday, encouraging more than 600 graduates to honor the school’s tradition and pass along their commitment to education to future generations, the Associated Press reports.
Additionally, during her 15-minute address, she touched on the university’s founding in 1865 with the aim to train black teachers; the difficulties confronted by black students after emancipation from slavery and during the civil rights movement; and the sacrifices made by her own parents, who were not college graduates.
“I am thinking about all the mothers and the fathers just like my parents, who dug into pockets for their last dime,” Obama said, according to the AP. “Their sacrifice is your legacy.
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Patenting Human Genes: Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics
Myriad holds patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. These patents allow the company to control research on the genes — and to control the price of testing for these genes.
The ACLU and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed a lawsuit against Myriad, charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer, BRCA1 and BRCA2, are unconstitutional.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the patentability of human genes last month. The highly anticipated decision will be out this summer.
Generally, you can’t patent a “product of nature.” To patent something, you need a process that involves “human ingenuity.”
The ACLU thinks the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes aren’t patentable