Self-Incrimination vs. File-Encryption: Digital Forensics and the Loss of 5th Amendment Rights

U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn ruled that a defendant in a digital forensics criminal case must turn over the unencrypted contents of her currently encrypted laptop. The defendant, Ramona Fricosu of Colorado, is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and providing false statements to financial institutions in connection with her alleged involvement in […]

Reputation Management: How to Survive a PR Crisis

“What’s the value of a negative story that never appears? Priceless.” ~ Grateful attorney after we kept his client out of the spotlight Entertainment-industry publicists have long lived or died by an old adage: “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Think Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Piling scandal on top of scandal simply enhances […]

Undercover Boss: Where Reality TV Intersects with the Workplace

Undercover Boss, is a reality television series that places the CEO’s or Presidents of businesses in entry-level positions to work alongside unwary lower-level employees.  Usually, the CEO’s of large businesses are so far up the chain of command, they lack exposure to the day-to-day activities of the employees who drive their companies’ profitability. The show, […]

Pain Killers and Heroin in the Workplace

As an employer, how do you know if an employee is taking prescribed pain killers at work and may be addicted? What happens if the prescription for the medication has expired and now the employee is buying illegally obtained medication or even worse, has substituted heroin for the similar effect? In a combined years report […]

Marijuana Trends 2017 A Visual Guide for Employers

Imagine you’re a supervisor, walking the production floor.  As you pass a group of employees, you overhear two young men conversing: “Yeah, we were dabbing all night, you should have come down.  I picked up some skywalker wax and my buddy brought his new vape, we were so lit.  How about you? We were at […]

“Professional Applicants” are an Emerging Threat to Businesses

By Rory Montez and Patricia Kotze Since the economic downturn of 2007, many Americans have dealt with decreased wages, less chances for pay increases, and being asked by employers to “do more with less.” A recent report from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors indicates under-employment is rampant.  The report includes figures from the Census […]

Reduce Risk and Ensure Employee Safety with a Security Survey

For most business owners, their biggest concern is employee theft and potential litigation. Both of these have the potential for shutting down a successful business if and when an incident occurs.   Nothing is more important in reducing risks of theft, injury, and minimizing liability and in order to do that, you must control access to […]

Poor Communication Creates Inefficient Employees

A recent study on workplace productivity found that employees spend nearly half of their time of any given workday on unproductive tasks.  For small and mid-size business owners, the loss of worker productivity can amount to almost a million dollars a year. In a study conducted by Webtorials, it was noted that employees waste a significant portion […]

Accusations of Sexual Harassment in Sketch Comedy

Chicago, Illinois is renowned for its sketch comedy scene, and has spawned comedians such as Bill Murray, John Belushi and Tina Fey. Now IO Theater, one of the largest Improv Comedy Schools is reeling from accusations of sexual harassment by female performers. Incidents of unwanted sexual advances by men in positions of authority have been […]