Topic: privacy

In the Workplace: Latest Need-to-Know Employment Law News

Latest I-9 forms, ADAAA rulings, NLRB developments, new state laws and federal regulations … keeping up with the myriad legal requirements of managing your employees can be challenging for the best of us. This roundup of recent employment law updates should help: The “Employee Tricked Me Into Firing Her” Defense (Cozen O’Connor): “The NLRB continues… Read more »

Need to Know: Several New FMLA Rules Take Effect March 8, 2013

“The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations that … include revisions to the required postings and optional use forms, and may require changes in your timekeeping system for tracking and calculating intermittent FMLA leave. There are additional substantive changes related to military exigency and caregiver leave,… Read more »

Do Your Employees Telecommute? You Should Know…

“Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace to all employees, even employees working at home…” (Eric Uhl, Fisher & Phillips) Telecommuting may provide companies with a number of benefits, but it’s not without legal risk. Here are five issues to consider: 1. Wage and hour laws: “While telecommuting may appear to be a terrific… Read more »

Workplace Issues: Latest Need- to-Know Employment Law News

What’s new in the world of employment law? Quite a bit, actually: employee privacy, ADA and ADAAA issues, theft of trade secrets, vacation policies, ERISA-related matters, social media in the workplace, FMLA leave, right-to-work laws, NLRB and EEOC activity, E-verify laws, wage-hour issues, background check approvals, and much more. Here’s a roundup of recent labor and… Read more »

Breastfeeding, Social Media, Wages, Human Trafficking: California Employers Face Mountain of New Labor Laws

On September 30, 2012, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of new employment laws and amendments to existing statutes, most of which go into effect on January 1. Here are some of the highlights: On social media privacy: “Assembly Bill No. 1844 prohibits an employer from ‘requiring or requesting an employee or applicant for… Read more »

Small Businesses Also Need Data Breach Protection – and Insurance When It Fails

Corporate data breaches are becoming more common, but small businesses often don’t think it’s their problem. And that could come back to bite them. From law firm Jaburg Wilk: “There are numerous news reports of data and security breaches where customers’ personal information, including social security numbers, credit cards numbers and health information have been… Read more »

COPPA Update: FTC Changes Rules Protecting Children Online (Again)

The ink was barely dry on the Federal Trade Commission’s latest set of proposed changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protect Act – or COPPA – when the agency announced another round of revisions. Why the change? The business community spoke up, and the FTC listened. From law firm BuckleySandler: “In September 2011, the FTC… Read more »

Wellness Programs: Great Idea for Your Employees, But Watch Out for Pitfalls

Thanks to workplace wellness programs, employees across the country are losing weight, quitting smoking, and improving their overall physical health. But employees aren’t the only ones who benefit from a focus on health in the workplace. Law firm Snell & Wilmer: “The economic case for these programs is strong and supported by some pretty staggering… Read more »

Privacy Policies and Consumer Protection: Are You Keeping Your Promise(s)?

Companies that promise to protect the personal information of their customers but then fail to do so should take particular note of two recent lawsuits. Law firm Loeb & Loeb: “In Szpyrka v. LinkedIn Corporation, in the Northern District of California, hackers allegedly compromised the company’s security system, accessing the passwords of approximately 6.5 million… Read more »

Is Your Business Ready for Mobile Payments?

Mobile payments are expected to top $170 billion worldwide this year, according to a Gartner study published earlier this week. Three recent updates take a look at issues facing merchants who are considering – and in many cases already implementing – systems for accepting payments via smartphone or other mobile devices. The first discusses a… Read more »

Social Media in the Workplace: Lawyers Weigh In… [With Video]

Much has been said lately about the dubious practice of asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews. But, as you can tell from our quick roundup below, this is not the only issue at the intersection of social media, your business governance policies, and the law. For your consideration [updated 4/12 with video – see… Read more »

Workplace Policies in the Social Media Age: a User Manual

From law firm Fenwick & West, a comprehensive review of the issues facing employers in today’s digital workplace. There’s something for everyone – and every situation – in this 129-page update, from background searches to employee privacy to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: “Given the mobility of electronic information, the stakes keep getting higher… Read more »

3 Videos Every Business Owner Should Watch

For your reference, here are three excellent video advisories by leading law firms, of interest to any business owner, entrepreneur, manager, or the like: On Data Privacy & Security Loeb & Loeb LLP attorneys Seth Rose and Jim Taylor provide insights into what companies can do to mitigate the risk of litigation in the areas… Read more »

Doc of the Day: Facebook’s Settlement with the FTC is a Wake Up Call for Businesses

Let that be a lesson to you… Sheppard Mullin’s analysis of the Federal Trade Commission’s recent settlement with Facebook (and those with Google and ScanScout) provides a valuable reminder that the FTC is looking closely at privacy policies, and punishing companies that don’t practice what they preach: “The Federal Trade Commission (‘FTC’) is working hard… Read more »

Privacy Laws: 5 Areas for Businesses to Watch in 2012

“The world of identity theft and its legal consequences are not limited to big credit companies. Main street businesses, with online portals, or credit/payment card facilities of some kind are just as much at risk. And if the rhetoric doesn’t scare, then the numbers should as the Identity Theft Resource Center states the business sector… Read more »