While thousands are gathering along the Mall in Washington, DC today, thousands more will be walking off their fast food and retail jobs to protest low wages. Fifty years after the March for Jobs and Freedom and MLK’s “I have a dream” speech, what do we do about a society that offers increasingly less opportunity for those who are willing to work hard, and long, and well?
My career as a business attorney and counselor is still relatively young, but in working with clients who are conscious not just of potential legal issues, but also of building and maintaining their business reputation in the community, I find myself reflecting on a period, before law school, when I was a reporter for a small town newspaper.
In the ongoing legal battle between craigslist and 3taps, a new court opinion makes clear that people are "authorized" under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to access a public website. But what the court gave with one hand it took with the other, as it also ruled that sending a cease-and-desist letter and blocking an IP address is enough to "revoke" this authorization.
If you go to work for someone else, the odds are great that you are an employee at will. That’s the basic rule in North Carolina, as it is almost everywhere in the United States. In North Carolina, it applies whether you go to work for an individual or a private business or a unit of government.
So what? What does it mean to be an employee at will?