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It's been a rough few weeks for Uber. First, the ride hailing company's mishandling of protests around the president's travel ban launched a #deleteuber campaign that saw thousands canceling their accounts. Then, last Sunday, a former Uber engineer's blog post detailing sexual harassment at the company went viral. Just days later, a New York Times article revealed the "aggressive," "Hobbesian," and potentially law-breaking culture inside Uber's offices.

Can such a culture be fixed?

Just two weeks into his presidency and Donald Trump has moved quickly to upend the status quo when it comes to immigration. That includes, of course, his recent executive order banning entry of refugees and pausing immigration from seven nations. But it doesn't end there. Trump could have his sights set on visas for highly skilled workers as well.

A recently released draft executive order would overhaul the work-visa programs relied on by many industries, leaving some companies worried.

It's not unusual for employees who are fired to walk out the door with a bit of resentment. Even those who quit might leave on poor terms. But with the rise of social media, the anger of an ex-employee can be easily amplified. We're not talking about just a few upset tweets here, but things like potentially damaging, even defamatory, statements on review sites like Yelp or recruitment platforms like Glassdoor.

To help monitor and minimize such damages, managers may be tempted to track employee's social media post-firing. But what sort of legal issues might be involved?

Attorney-Client Privilege Waived in Whistleblower Suit

As a trial winds down on a lawyer's whistleblower case for $8 million against his former employer in San Francisco, a federal judge has already decided a significant issue for in-house counsel on the attorney-client privilege.

U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Spero said that the defendant Bio-Rad waived its privilege when it disclosed documents from a related case. In administrative proceedings with the Department of Labor, attorney Sanford Wadler had alleged the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In the whistleblower case, the company answered with documents from the labor case that contained the allegedly confidential communications.

The judge said Bio-Rad could not use the information against Wadler as a one-sided sword, such as claims that he was fired for poor performance. The confidential information cut both ways, including email between Wadler and others about the company's alleged violations of federal laws.

I-9 Issues When Hiring Foreign Workers

Hang on to your I-9's; you're gonna need them.

If you don't know what Form I-9 is, then perhaps you haven't worked for an American company in a few decades. The U.S. government has required workers and employers to complete I-9's for every new employee since Nov. 6, 1989. It is required when hiring citizens and non-citizens, and all must attest that they are legally in the country.

As you absorb President Trump's orders Wednesday to construct a wall between the United States and Mexico, along with actions to cut back on legal immigration, including keeping Syrian refugees out of the country, now do you remember Form I-9?

Is Your Company's Confidentiality Agreement Illegal?

If all confidentiality agreements were truly kept confidential, it would be hard to determine if they were legally binding.

That assertion underlies a basic reason that all confidentiality agreements are not, in fact, binding. Public policy and many laws prohibit confidentiality in various areas. Indeed, some laws mandate disclosure of information that cannot be kept confidential.

Here are three types of confidentiality agreements and related problems to avoid:

Companies Are Hiring More Autistic Workers

Autism might now look good on a resume, depending on how you look at it.

While most employers do not seek out workers who have an autism spectrum disorder, some leading companies are looking for them. Microsoft, for example, is recruiting autistic people for jobs in software engineering and data sciences.

"In order to build the best products for everyone, we need to have a diverse and inclusive workforce across all abilities," Microsoft says on its website. "For example, in the case for autism, we know there is an untapped pool of talent with skills aligned to the work we are doing every day at Microsoft."

6 Tips for Delegating Legal Work

There is no class on delegation in law school.

The closest thing is a lecture on the non-delegation doctrine, which teaches that Congress cannot delegate certain duties to administrative agencies. So what is an attorney to do when it comes to knowing how to delegate legal tasks?

Because developing delegation skills is not part of legal education, corporate counsel need to learn from other disciplines and mentors in the workplace. Charles A. Volkert, writing for Minority Corporate Counsel Association, says delegating offers distinct advantages for both managing counsel and the people they lead.

"By communicating a more holistic view of company goals and enhancing project- and team-management abilities, counsel can help their departments meet the complex challenges they face today," he says.

Here are some tips:

How Employment Visas Could Change Under Trump Administration

Immigration attorneys will have more work to do than usual, and not only the sole practitioners fighting for those foreigners yearning to breathe free. Corporate counsel are gearing up for changes that will affect American employers.

During his campaign, Trump said he would crack down on employers who abuse immigration laws to undercut American workers. He cited "outrageous practices" at companies like Disney in Florida "when Americans were forced to train their foreign replacements."

"I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program," Trump said last March. "No exceptions."

With the holidays fast approaching, now is a good time to make sure your company has an office gift policy -- and to stick a copy of it in everyone's stocking.

While it's the season of giving, companies still need to set and enforce gift-giving guidelines, as overenthusiastic gift exchange has the possibility of resulting in compliance and tax violations.