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November 19, 2005

More Microsoft employees to get antitrust training

Posted by David Hunter at 9:03 AM ET.

Nancy Weil at PCWorld has the latest update on the Microsoft US antitrust settlement:

More Microsoft employees will be required to have training related to antitrust laws, with all of those in the Platform and Services Division (PSD) in line for sessions under a plan detailed in a court document today.

In the report, Microsoft updates its internal compliance policies and procedures linked to the settlement and the ongoing review of how the company is complying with the settlement terms. As part of that, the company says it will beef up training and also implement an online checklist for PSD employees as well as those working in the Entertainment and Devices, or E&D, division. E&D employees will have the training starting next month, with those from both divisions scheduled for multiple sessions through February.

Quarterly mandatory training sessions will continue for new employees in PSD, which as part of a recent corporate reorganization now also includes the MSN unit, and the company will expand that training to those who are new to E&D, the court document says.

The full document is online and it’s a status update from the October hearing, where Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly scolded Microsoft over slow progress on a technical documentation project and an attempted exclusive music player software contract. The latter was blamed on a mistake by a low level employee and this expanded education is remediation. There’s another hearing before the judge on November 30.

Filed under Antitrust, Legal

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