I had the pleasure of speaking yesterday at the 2010 North Central National Association of Theater Owners Convention in Minnetonka, Minnesota. I was asked to speak on the topic of Employee Fraud and Theft in the Workplace. This is a topic my law partner, Marylee Abrams, and I have blogged about in the past. In my preparation for this presentation, I discovered over a 9 month period, there have been more than 24 news stories in Minnesota about employees charged with workplace theft or fraud. In fact, in March alone, there were 9 news stories on this topic. Clearly, this is a serious issue which needs to be addressed by employers.

One of the other presenters was Gary Kissinger with the Motion Picture Association of America, who spoke on new developments in the fight against film piracy. He spoke about the problem of film piracy for theater owners and the vigilance required to stop people from pirating motion pictures. Efforts may include sting operations, surveillance cameras in the theaters and undercover officers to stop someone from illegally recording a motion picture for sale.

I would like to thank the North Central NATO association for inviting me to attend and present at their convention. It was a wonderful convention with a lot of interesting information.

Coming up: If you are interested in learning more about employee fraud/theft, Marylee and I are presenting Employee Fraud/Theft – The Enemy Within Your Business: How to Identify and Address This Important Workplace Problem” on April 28, 2010 at the Vadnais Heights City Hall. It is free to attend and lunch will be provided. Please see this flyer (pdf) for additional information and how to RSVP. We hope you will be able to join us to learn more about how to deal with employee fraud/theft and how to prevent it from happening to your business.