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Are you at risk of a data breach lawsuit?

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:07
by Stefanie M. Renaud With data security concerns at an all-time high after the global “WannaCry” ransomware hack in May 2017, you may be wondering if you need to do more to protect your employees’ and customers’ personal information. In Massachusetts, data security breaches can trigger extensive reporting requirements...
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Cyberwarfare in the workplace: HR on the front lines

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 08:53
by Lisa Berg If you thought cybersecurity was only IT’s responsibility, think again. Some of the biggest security threats are from hackers who purposefully target a company’s employees and trick them into divulging information or granting access to confidential information. Other threats result from employees’ careless...
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Computer glitch forces Chipotle to defend against 10,000 FLSA claims

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 09:22
by Ryan B. Frazier It has been said, “Two’s company, but three’s a crowd.” But what does 10,000 make? In a claim for unpaid wages, it may constitute a “collective action” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA, which requires employers to pay hourly employees minimum wage and overtime...
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Border searches of electronic devices—what information is at risk?

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:13
by Leigh Cole We all carry electronic devices when we travel—cell phones, tablets, and laptops. Some devices are personal, some are owned by our employer, and some contain confidential employer or customer information in e-mail or stored documents. Electronic devices are subject to search at U.S. ports of entry. Do your employees know what to...
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21st century hiring: The times they are a-changin’

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 09:15
by Andy Rodman It seems as though I come across an article or blog post concerning technological advances in hiring and recruiting every day. Most of the articles and posts focus on the use of analytics and artificial intelligence in seeking out, recruiting, and hiring qualified applicants.   I recently read an article about a California-based...
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How to protect against and respond to cyberattacks

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:02
by Milton Whitfield and Jayna Genti When a data breach occurs, you’ll need to assess the applicability of federal statutes as well as state laws. Depending on the situation, federal statutes (and some state laws) can both increase your obligation to keep certain types of information confidential and assist you in seeking redress against...
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7 ‘gotchas’ of the 24/7 workplace

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 12:12
by Michelle Lee Flores The growing ease of technology has made it dangerously easy for the 24/7 workplace to create liability for employers. The following is a reminder of the dangers that lurk in our 24/7 working world.  1. Off-the-clock work Both federal laws and the laws of many states require that employers pay for work performed. For...
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Why you should care about EAR, even if your company doesn’t export anything

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:00
by Sarah Franklin Many employers assume that because their company doesn’t export products overseas, they aren’t subject to export regulations. However, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR) apply not only to technology and products shipped outside the United States but also to any...
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Take control of the Internet’s response to negative online comments

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 09:05
by Elijah Yip “Why did you fire my wife?” Bradley Reid Byrd posted that question on Cracker Barrel’s Facebook page when his wife was let go after working for the restaurant chain for 11 years. The post remained largely unnoticed for about a month until a comedian uploaded a screenshot of it to his Facebook page and his 2.1...
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‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends’: employers’ obligations in data breaches

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 08:01
by James P. Harris Most people loathe the annual ritual of filing their tax return. Compounding the unpleasantness, a number of people attempt to file a tax return only to be notified by the IRS that someone else has already filed a return on their behalf and collected their refund. Just recently, we have fielded calls from several employers...
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Stopping e-mail madness: Supervisor’s mention of leave sends FMLA claim to trial

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:17
by Michael P. Maslanka A recent case provides an example of a manager’s e-mail torpedoing an employer’s defense to a lawsuit. Let’s look at the facts and some solutions so that does not happen to you. The jaws of victory In 2012, Deborah Stewart started working as a banker for Wells Fargo. She was very experienced. However, she was unable...
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Is someone watching me? Do’s and don’ts of workplace video surveillance

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:13
by Justin H. Lessner For many years, it has been common practice for banks, retail stores, gas stations, and other employers that regularly interact with the public to use video surveillance to prevent theft and ensure security. But what if an employer wants to use video surveillance in the workplace to monitor the conduct and performance of...
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Handling online employer reviews: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 09:45
by Alina Marciniak It happens. You perform a Google search for your organization and come across a poor online review by a former employee. Regardless of whether such public feedback is accurate, the issue of employer reviews has been growing more prominent for a number of years. Employer review sites like Glassdoor and Vault that allow...
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Employees’ electronic communications: Be careful what you dig for

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:31
by Maggie A. Hanson Not only have technology and social media permeated political and pop culture, but they have also entered the workplace. Consequently, employers and employees are embroiled in a constant battle over Internet use in the workplace. Some employee Internet use is for legitimate business purposes, but a significant portion is...
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NLRB guidance regarding social media policies

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 09:45
by Elijah Yip On January 1, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel released an advice memorandum (dated September 22, 2016) reviewing the social media policy in Northwestern University’s revised football handbook. The memorandum contains valuable guidance in an area full of uncertainty. The...
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