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A Crash Course on the Internet of Things

You may have heard the term, but how well do you really understand the “Internet of Things”?

Armed with an ever-increasing list of Internet-connected devices capable of collecting employee data, how can your company leverage advantages to employee productivity and collaboration and reduce exposure to information security and privacy pitfalls?…

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

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 …

Advisory Alert: What the Anthem Breach Means to Employers

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; …

New Guidance for Employers Conducting Background Checks

Employers who investigate workers’ criminal or credit backgrounds may want to review federal guidelines released March 10.

The joint publication of the Federal Trade Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides detailed guidance for employers who check into the criminal or credit histories of applicants or employees. “Background

San Francisco Enacts Employee Privacy Ordinance

A new San Francisco ordinance will prohibit employers and city contractors from asking job applicants about their criminal histories until after they conduct a live interview or make a conditional offer of employment. When the ordinance takes effect in August, San Francisco will join the ranks of 10 states and …

Oregon Restricts Employers’ Access to Private Social Media Accounts

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 (e.g. cannot ask

IM what I am, but does it always have to stay around?

Recent news reports about the scandal involving Speaker Hastert and the leadership of the House GOP, and former Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley’s efforts to contact current and former House pages have reminded all of us of the durability of the Instant Message (or “IM”).

In an article (not available …

Employees Be Warned: Do Not Delete

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 …