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Religion in the Workplace: A Primer for In-House Lawyers

There are a number of things that should not be discussed casually at the office: politics, compensation, and of course, religion. Employees will inevitable bumble into these topics, which is usually okay. But things start getting dicey when the employer starts making decisions based on the political information he or she learned over the water cooler.

In-house counsel should be equipped with a solid understanding of religious discrimination in the workplace in order to best advise their corporate clients.

Forget weapons trafficking or illegal hacking. When it comes to crime, illegal logging ranks near the top. "Illegal logging is the most lucrative environmental crime and one of the most profitable organized criminal activities, alongside narcotics trafficking, counterfeiting, and human trafficking," according to a new white paper by Thomson Reuters. (Disclosure: Thomson Reuters is FindLaw's parent company.)

Deforestation, ecosystem disruption, and damage to the climate are some of the obvious effects of illegal logging, but its consequences aren't just environmental. Illegal logging's consequences can include significant impacts on human life and well-being, and, if illegal logging taints your supply chain, significant legal headaches.

We're coming to the end of the major party's national conventions this week, and the election season is about to go into overdrive. So if you think you've heard enough about Trump and Hillary this summer, get ready to hear even more -- and that includes political talk (and more) at the office, something that could raise some tricky legal, HR, and management concerns.

To help you out, here are our top pieces of advice on politics and the workplace, from the FindLaw archives.

Electronically stored information is vulnerable to hacking, point blank. Even some of the most sophisticated computer systems can find themselves vulnerable to a sophisticated cyberattack -- or, more likely, a careless employee. And so long as you have valuable information stored on computers, you need to be ready for a potential data breach.

To help you out, here are our top tips for in-house counsel on preventing and responding to data breaches, from the FindLaw archives.

Maybe you're ready to make the switch from firm practice to in-house work. Or perhaps you're already an in-house attorney, looking to transition to a new position elsewhere. Either way, you're on the hunt for a new job.

While an in-house job search isn't entirely different from finding other jobs, it does require a specific set of skills and a unique approach to the job search. To help you out, here are our top in-house attorney job search tips, from the FindLaw archives.

Hacked? Make Sure to Notify Your Customers!

Your company will be hacked. It's as certain as death and taxes. In light of this, what the diligent in-house attorney can do is make sure all of the company's affairs and records are in order. If a government investigation takes place, you should be ready.

Below we cover data breach notification requirements along with some of the more important considerations that general counsel must be familiar with in the event of the inevitable data breach.

Nevada Agency General Counsel Out of a Job After Tweets

After Carolyn Tanner suddenly lost her position as Nevada's Public Utility Commission General Counsel, we couldn't help but look a little deeper into what sounded like a "loose lips sink ships" story. Allegedly she is no longer employed due to her actions on Twitter. Tanner, however, claims the timing was coincidental and denies that her Tweet under the pseudonym "DixieRaeSparx" had anything to do with her current job search.

Personal or not, Dixie's little spat with an enterprising Nevada lobbyist shines a light on the proprieties of lawyer's comments on past or pending legal matters.

In a globalized marketplace, in-house counsel are increasingly called upon to address international issues. And recent events have made knowledge of international law and business even more important, as a potential Brexit threatens to upend European markets and as the U.S. moves to crack down (or not) on international bribery.

To help give you a hand in handling international matters, here are our top tips on international law and business, from the FindLaw archives.

The United Kingdom will go to the polls in less than a week to decide whether to stay in the European Union, or not. And current polling shows that a Brexit, or British exit from the EU, is becoming increasingly likely, driven by concerns over immigration and contributions to the EU budget.

If your business does business in Britain, the Brexit could have major legal and practical consequences.

For three decades, Geoffrey Chism worked with Tri-State Construction, a construction company in the Pacific Northwest, first as outside counsel, then general counsel and sole in-house attorney. In that role, Chism renegotiated his salary and bonus agreements, then sued Tri-State a few years later for failing to honor them. After a month-long jury trial, Chism won $1.5 million.

But the judge, finding "numerous misrepresentations and omissions" in Chism's negotiations with Tri-State, ordered him to disgorge $1.1 million of that award. The ruling shocked many in-house attorneys. But in-house lawyers can breathe a sigh of relief now, as the trial court's disgorgement order was recently reversed on appeal.