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Top 10 Stories of 2013 (So Far...)
With the year a bit more than halfway done, it's a perfect time to check in on the most popular in-house stories from January 1 to the end of June 2013. As always, CorpCounsel.com readers have a wide array of topics on their minds: from employment law to corporate compliance, in-house counsel are focused on issues that affect every aspect of their companies' operations. (Oh, and you also like reading about in-house compensation.)
The most-read articles of the year (so far) are all worth a read if you missed them, and much of the advice and info provided is worth revisiting.
Everyone strives to be the best. Once a year, a few legal departments are singled out by Corporate Counsel for being the best, and it's no wonder than in-house lawyers want to read about what makes these winners the best.
This popularity of this employment law article caught our editorial staff by surprise, but really it makes perfect sense: as tattoos, piercings, and other adornments become more mainstream, they inevitably appear in the workplace—and managers need good advice on how to react when the newest members of the employee pool come through the door sporting ink.
OK, this one was mostly for fun—and CorpCounsel.com readers aren't allergic to fun. But the issue at hand—the difference between blowing off steam at work and engaging in inappropriate (or even harmful) activity—is serious business.
Executive Editor David Hechler's cover story about Toyota's problems with sudden unintended acceleration was popular online for an old-fashioned reason: it's a piece of serious, thorough, and thoughtful journalism that raises as many important questions as it answers.
The entertainment and technology industries together account for a major slice of U.S. economic activity. For more than a decade, they've struggled with how to combat digital piracy of copyrighted material, and the new Copyright Alert System is the latest solution to earn the modifier "controversial."
If there's one thing our readers have made clear, it's that they like to get information about in-house pay packages. This late-June look at a report from General Counsel Metrics LLC and Major, Lindsey & Africa was the perfect appetizer for the following month's main course: Corporate Counsel's 2013 GC Compensation Survey. . .
. . . which brings us to a curiosity at No. 7. The GC Compensation Survey is always one of the most-read stories of the year—our just-released 2013 edition is already shooting up the charts—but that still doesn't quite explain why the GC Comp Survey from two years ago is one of the most-read stories in the first half of 2013.
From our sibling publication The American Lawyer, this post from The Careerist blog cuts across in-house/law firm divisions with 10 phrases every lawyer has heard—and, let's admit it, used on occasion.
Here at CorpCounsel.com, we look at lots of data to get a better feel for what our readers are thinking about and what they want to know. One practice area that's come to the fore in the last year or so is corporate compliance: many of the compliance-related articles we've posted have proven to be popular, and we've responded by adding regular compliance columnists and reporting on more compliance-related issues. This is clearly an area in which in-house counsel want (and need) more information, and we're making sure to provide it.
Just when you think your legal department has helped write all of the workplace policies you need . . . along comes something like the social media boom to put another task on the to-do list. The advance of online tech has made certain parts of an in-house counsel's job easier (you like working on your iPad, right?), but social media is proving it's not strictly a plus for companies and their lawyers.