September 25, 2013
In January 2013, GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”) filed a complaint in New York state court alleging that its e-discovery vendor, Discovery Works Legal Inc., was “holding hostage over 20 terabytes of GSK’s most sensitive and confidential data, and threatened to withhold and destroy the data” unless GSK paid a ransom of more than $80,000. GSK is the second largest pharmaceutical company in the world by revenue, employing over 100,000 people in 117 countries. How could a mere e-discovery vendor hold GSK’s data hostage?
September 24, 2013
By Anna A. Cohen
A common complaint from retail employers is that employees requesting FMLA leave often submit Certifications from health care providers that are incomplete (one or more of the entries are blank) or insufficient (the information provided is vague, ambiguous, or non-responsive). Employers are not required to automatically grant a leave of absence upon receipt of a deficient Certification. Rather, there are several things an employer can do to ensure that it is granting leave for a qualifying reason and for an appropriate duration.