Janice Mock

Janice Mock

Nossaman LLP

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Did You Know…The Guiding Light on Employer Handbooks — Sort of

Most employers already know they cannot forbid employees from criticizing management, workplace conditions, or discussing salaries in person or on the Internet.  Employers cannot forbid employees from posting comments — both...more

3/25/2015 - Employee Handbooks Employment Policies NLRA NLRB Section 7

Payphones: It’s a Whole New World

Someone must have once echoed those sentiments back in the 1890’s when payphones as we knew them were first introduced to the public. Now, as then, payphones were created as a convenience to be used in public places, mostly...more

3/9/2015 - Apple Apple Pay Data Protection Debit and Credit Card Transactions

New Federal Cybersecurity Agency

It’s official:  The federal government is creating the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats.  The agency will be modeled after the National Counterterrorism...more

2/11/2015 - CTIIC Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Government Agencies

Anthem Breach – Implications for What Constitutes “Reasonable” Security Procedures Under California Law.

Upwards of 80 million Americans may be affected by the Anthem data breach.  According to Anthem’s press release, the hackers gained access to the names, birthdays, medical IDs/social security numbers, street addresses, email...more

2/10/2015 - Anthem Insurance Class Action Data Breach Government Investigations Insurance Companies Personally Identifiable Information Popular

Congress Begins Discussing Cybersecurity – For Real This Time

Legislators from the House of Representatives will begin work today on figuring out how to protect American companies from cybersecurity breaches.  The panel will host comments from the retail, tech, and marketing industry...more

1/28/2015 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Legislative Agendas Marketing Retailers Technology Sector

Did You Know…SCOTUS Will Decide Gay Marriage Issue Once and For All

It was bound to happen.  Sooner or later the U.S. Supreme Court would be put to the task of deciding whether a married couple from California are still married while visiting Elvis’ ghost at Graceland, in Tennessee....more

1/21/2015 - Appeals DOMA Oral Argument Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS

The President’s Cybersecurity Proposals

In the wake of recent cyber attacks on U.S. companies, including the now famous Sony hack, President Obama has proposed new federal legislation that would presumably provide more security for confidential and private...more

1/19/2015 - Barack Obama Breach Notification Rule Cybersecurity Legislative Agendas Student Privacy

Cybersecurity: It’s Not Just An “IT” Problem Anymore

Cybersecurity breaches made headlines in 2014, but how troubling is it? Very, according to findings recently published by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). According to PwC’s research, global cybersecurity incidents...more

1/2/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Cyber Attacks Cyber Crimes Cybersecurity Financial Institutions OCIE Pricewaterhousecoopers

Did You Know…Sony Faces Class Action Lawsuit by Former Employees Over Data Breach

It’s happened. The first class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony for failing to prevent hackers from stealing its current and former employees’ social security numbers, medical records, and salary...more

12/22/2014 - Class Action Data Breach Hackers Personally Identifiable Information Sony

Let the Games Begin: First Sony Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Data Breach

It’s happened. The first class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony for failing to prevent hackers from stealing its current and former employees’ social security numbers, medical records, and salary information....more

12/18/2014 - Class Action Data Breach Hackers Patient Confidentiality Breaches Personally Identifiable Information PHI Popular Sony

Another Reason to Review Government Vendor Agreements: Government Agencies Can Be Held Liable for Patent Infringement Claims

Two recent court decisions serve as reminders of government liability for patent infringement claims: IRIS Corp. v. Japan Airlines Corp., Case No. 10-1051 (Fed. Cir., Oct. 21, 2014) (Prost, J.) and SecurityPoint Holdings,...more

12/9/2014 - Federal Contractors Governmental Liability Japan Airlines Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Popular TSA

Did You Know…Cybersecurity Made More Complicated by the NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board has recently inserted itself into the world of cybersecurity after the United States Postal Service suffered a security breach involving the personal data of several hundred thousand of its...more

11/26/2014 - Collective Bargaining Credit Monitoring Cybersecurity Data Breach FBI Government Investigations NLRB Personally Identifiable Information Popular Union Membership USPS Wage and Hour

More Reasons for Employers to "DISLIKE" Facebook

The National Labor Relations Board is at it again – wading into the social media foray, that is. In a case that has been percolating since 2011, the NLRB has ruled that an employer must reinstate an employee who was...more

8/28/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Facebook Former Employee Hiring & Firing NLRA NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Social Networks

DOMA, One Year After Marriage Ruling

It hardly seems like it's been an entire year since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a huge portion of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which precluded the federal government from recognizing the legally valid...more

6/27/2014 - Department of Veterans Affairs DHS DOJ DOMA Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Social Security Adminstration US v Windsor

Here's What's Missing from Your Company's Social Media Policy

For a legal perspective, we asked attorneys writing on JD Supra to tell us what, in their experience, they most often found to be missing from workplace social media policies. We knew that a roundtable of responses would make...more

11/19/2013 - Bring Your Own Device Legal Perspectives NLRA NLRB Social Media Social Media Policy

Foreseeable Misuse Isn't A Plaintiff's Panacea

Many consumers misuse products, plain and simple. All the warnings, labels and admonitions in the world won't stop this, try though the manufacturers might to limit their liability for such misuse. Originally Published...more

9/24/2013 - Bodily Injury Design Defects Foreseeability Manufacturing Defects

What DOMA, Prop. 8 Rulings Mean For Businesses Wth Employees In California

Section 3 of DOMA (the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act), which denied federal recognition of a state-sanctioned same-sex marriage, and California's Proposition 8 are dead. Originally Published in Daily Journal -...more

7/18/2013 - DOMA Employee Benefits Hollingsworth v Perry Marriage Proposition 8 Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Social Networking Contacts Could Be Trade Secrets

Like it or not, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media is playing a larger role in our everyday business lives. Nowadays, many companies are using social networking to maintain their client list and further...more

3/13/2013 - Facebook LinkedIn Social Media Social Media Policy Trade Secrets Twitter

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