April 8, 2013
Employers are frequently using monitoring software to make their employees more productive at work, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times, part of a series about the "Tougher Workplace. " Although the Constitution speaks of a "reasonable" expectation of privacy, this is largely not applicable at private employers. Courts are still sifting through the changes that technology has caused in the workplace and figuring out what employers can and can't do. The exchange below aims to help clarify some issues.
June 26, 1989 |
A federal jury today convicted five men of forming a Mafia faction that shot to death a mob-linked businessman in a restaurant and plotted to kill John Gotti, boss of a rival crime family. Louis A. (Bobby) Manna, a reputed consigliere, or No. 3 leader, of the Genovese crime family, was convicted of racketeering conspiracy, planning to kill Gotti and arranging the murder of businessman Irwin Schiff. Gotti, boss of the Gambino family, was a target because of a turf struggle, authorities said.
November 1, 2009 |
One of Italy's most wanted mafia bosses was arrested near Naples, police said. Salvatore Russo, 51, regarded as one of the 30 most wanted and dangerous mafia fugitives, had been on the run since 1995. A leading boss of the Camorra organized crime syndicate, which operates in and around Naples, Russo had been convicted and sentenced to life in prison for murder and criminal association. "This is a very heavy blow for the Camorra. We are closing the net on the super-fugitives," said Interior Minister Roberto Maroni.
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October 21, 1986 |
A chemical company employee was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his boss and now will stand trial to see if he was sane when he committed the crime. Ivory Joe Valentine, 32, was convicted in the fatal stabbing of Ronald R. Gorby, 52, a supervisor at the Dynachem Corp. plant in Tustin, and of attempted manslaughter for attacking John O. Wolcott, the company's personnel director. The stabbings occurred last Nov.
July 9, 2006
I enjoyed Liza Monroy's essay "Don't Leave Your Desk, Unless It's for Good" (The Rules of Hollywood, June 18). I worked for someone similar to her boss at a boutique talent agency. I had worked there for six years when the agency hired a man who would be my boss in business affairs. He immediately asked me to write down what responsibilities I was given for the drafting of an employee handbook, which turned out to be just a ruse. There would be no employee handbook. After he read what my responsibilities were, he advised me of the following: I was no longer going to be doing any work for the agents, their assistants or the owners without his express permission.
February 8, 1992
Two albums from Bruce Springsteen?!! ("Springsteen May Now Have Twins in Mind," Jan. 23.) Talk about mixed blessings. As big a fan as I am of His Bossness, I can't help but think that this will give Bob (Sample Lyrics) Hilburn twice as much to pretentiously drone on about in the coming year. It could mean the end of civilization as we know it. PAUL McELLIGOTT Fullerton MORE LETTERS: F4
June 16, 1989 |
Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton pitched in to help the clerks at his store in this Panhandle city when an electronic glitch shut down the cash registers. The 71-year-old Walton, considered to be among the world's richest people, grabbed a note pad Tuesday evening and started writing out prices for the customers so that bills could be tallied on calculators quickly. "People began recognizing him and coming up and greeting him," said store manager Paul Sively. "He shook their hands and talked to everyone he could.
January 7, 1997
India Coleman had worked at Wood-B-Nice Manufacturing for six years before she became the owner of the Santa Ana wood products firm. She learned that as the boss, her priorities and relationships with co-workers and customers had to change dramatically. Coleman was interviewed by Karen Kaplan. * I started out at this company as controller. In 1995, I became a half-partner.
September 26, 1985 |
First, there was the Emmy caper. Now comes word of the Bruce Springsteen caper. An impostor, described as "nerdy-looking" and posing as a minion for the rock star, got two popular restaurants braced for a surprise visit by the Boss and a large party. The bracing was wasted. The minion was not the McCoy. It happened Saturday at R.J.'s in Beverly Hills and at the Hard Rock Cafe in West Los Angeles on Sept. 18, say officials at both emporiums, who took it with surprisingly good humor.
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May 22, 2010
Martin Cohan TV writer, producer co-created 'Who's the Boss?' Martin Cohan, 77, who co-created the ABC sitcom "Who's the Boss?" and was a prolific TV writer and producer, died Wednesday at his home in Pacific Palisades after a two-year battle with large-cell lymphoma, his family announced. Cohan and his business partner, Blake Hunter, created the sitcom starring Tony Danza and Judith Light, which ran from 1984 to 1992. The two men also served as creative consultants for a British version of the TV show called "The Upper Hand," which debuted in 1990 and ran for seven seasons.