Audit, Compliance and Risk Blog

Internet Law: New Top-level Domains and Trademark Law

Posted by STP Editorial Team on Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Since 1998, generic top-level domain names (gTLDs) have been managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Some of the more well-known gTLDs include:

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Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, Internet, Intellectual Property

CASL: CRTC Getting More Than 1000 Complaints A Day

Posted by Nelson Bennett on Wed, Jul 30, 2014

In the run-up to the 2015 federal election, Canadian business owners may start getting unsolicited emails from political parties inviting them to fundraising dinners. The ones that come from the Conservative Party of Canada may be especially aggravating. After all, it was a Conservative government that brought in Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)—a law that is costing Canadian businesses millions to implement but that few believe will put any kind of dent in phishing scams and spam.

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Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, Internet, Canadian

Internet Law: New Anti-Spam Legislation Won’t Stop Most Spam

Posted by Nelson Bennett on Fri, Jul 04, 2014

Expect little relief from flood of unwanted electronic messages, experts say.

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Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, Training, Internet

Internet Law: The Ifs, Ands and Buts of New Anti-Spam Legislation

Posted by Nelson Bennett on Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Knowing CASL’s exemptions is key to learning how it applies to your business.

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Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, International, Training, Internet

New Anti-Spam Laws Affect Virtually Every Business in Canada

Posted by Nelson Bennett on Wed, Jun 11, 2014

New anti-spam regulations that go into effect July 1 will do more than prevent spamming within Canada by Canadian businesses. Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) is a catch-all net that covers all forms of electronic messaging, from email and newsletters to social media and software downloads. Businesses that don’t comply face fines of up to $10 million.

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Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, International, Internet, Canadian

Email Notice and Due Diligence Under the Uniform Commercial Code

Posted by Steve Imparl on Tue, Jan 07, 2014

When a business or person is responsible for providing notice to another business or making that business aware of something, they must follow certain guidelines in conveying the information (e.g., sending it by registered mail on or before the required date), in order to show due diligence. Section 1-202(f) of the Uniform Commercial Code (U.C.C.) defines “due diligence” and “the exercise of due diligence” broadly. The U.C.C.’s requirements for “due diligence” include:

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Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, Employer Best Practices, Internet

Employment Law: Is E-Verify Even Better?

Posted by Jon Elliott on Wed, Dec 11, 2013

Employers in the United States must verify that new hires are eligible to work in the U.S. This responsibility was created by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, which drafted employers—on pain of being prosecuted themselves—into partnership with the federal government to deny job opportunities to unauthorized workers. Employers' compliance responsibilities are based on use of the I-9 Form ("Employment Eligibility Verification") issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). As information technology develops, USCIS has expanded electronic reporting and data management tools, the most important of which is called E-Verify. Both I-9's and E-Verify continue to evolve, and have received recent revisions.

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Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, Employer Best Practices, Employee Rights, Workplace violence, Internet

Internet Law: FTC Updates Children’s Online Privacy Rule

Posted by Steve Imparl on Fri, Feb 15, 2013

For many years, under the authority of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Federal Trade Commission has imposed special regulations on websites and online services that are either directed to children under 13 or whose owners or operators have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information from children under age 13. On December 19, 2012, the FTC announced final, major changes to the COPPA Rule in response to advances in technology and internet use that have occurred since the COPPA Rule was first enacted.

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Tags: Business & Legal, Internet, Intellectual Property

Employment Law: NLRB Revisits Work-Related Social Media Postings

Posted by Jon Elliott on Wed, Jan 09, 2013

Do you ever discuss work with co-worker friends on Facebook or other social media sites? Or, if you’re an employer, do you worry about what your employees may post about work on their Facebook pages—even when they do so from home after hours?

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Tags: Business & Legal, Employer Best Practices, Employee Rights, Internet, NLRB

Intellectual Property Management: 3 Ways To Profit From Your Patent

Posted by Brett Trout on Wed, Dec 19, 2012

In1964 Robert Kearns invented the intermittent windshield wiper. But it would be 26 years and take more than a decade of litigation before he reaped the rewards of his invention. Payday for Kearns finally arrived in 1990 when Ford Motor paid him more than $10 million to settle the patent infringement lawsuit he brought against the company. Recalling Kearns’s story, which was turned into the 2008 feature film Flash of Genius, seems an appropriate lead-in for today’s blog on how to make money from your patent.

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Tags: Business & Legal, Internet, Intellectual Property