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Advisory Alert: NYC Ban on Use of Credit Checks in Employment Decisions Moves to Mayor’s Office for Signature

Posted in Employment, Financial Services

On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to amend the city’s Human Rights Law to prohibit employers from using an individual’s consumer credit history to make employment decisions. While the bill contains certain exceptions for positions requiring heightened levels of security, the proposed law will affect most employers … Continue Reading

Advisory Alert: What the Anthem Breach Means to Employers

Posted in Data Protection, Employment, Health Care

On Feb. 4, 2015, Anthem announced a data breach involving the personal information of more than 80 million individuals resulting from what it characterized as a sophisticated, targeted cyber-attack. Group health plans may be affected because Anthem: (1) provides insured health benefits; (2) administers health benefits for a self-insured plan; or (3) … Continue Reading

Oregon Restricts Employers’ Access to Private Social Media Accounts

Posted in Communications/Media, Employment, Marketing and Consumer Privacy

Oregon recently joined numerous states in prohibiting employers from seeking access to employees’ or prospective employees’ private social-media accounts, personal email, and other online content. Employers may not:

  1. Require or request that an employee or applicant allow the employer access to the individual’s personal social media account
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Employees Be Warned: Do Not Delete

Posted in Employment

Posted by Joseph Vance

Employers may have a new weapon to use against disgruntled employees who delete data on their computers before leaving the company. In a recent Seventh Circuit Court Appeals decision, International Airport Centers, LLC v. Citrin, 440 F.3d 418 (7th Cir. 2006), the court held that the employer could maintain a claim against a former em… Continue Reading