Employers Should Take The Offense During March Madness

Law360, New York (March 17, 2014, 7:29 PM EDT) -- As the first games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament kick off this week, workplaces across the U.S. will be staging their own fierce competitions over who can predict the winning teams. But while office pools can be great morale boosters, they can also be illegal, and employers should take steps to minimize their exposure, lawyers say.

No employer wants to be a bad sport tamping down on employee fun, but lawyers told Law360 that it is important for businesses to understand and evaluate the risks that come along with sponsoring or even just condoning office pools.

"Employers should think about...

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