DEFAMATION: High court: Self-publication of defamation not recognized in Texas

The Texas Supreme Court recently issued a decision that may put some employers at ease. When it comes to defamation claims in Texas, several elements are required, including “the publication of a false statement of fact to a third party.” Generally, that doesn’t include instances of self-publication—when the defamed person himself relays the defamatory statements…

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Reporting Requirements: New OSHA rules keep Obama’s reporting requirements, scale back record-keeping penalties

Under the Obama administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enacted several changes to its reporting and record-keeping requirements for workplace injuries. Some of the changes were clearly aimed at improving workplace safety by ensuring that employers are held accountable for not adhering to the rules. Other changes, however, seemed to be punitive in…

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