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Mishandling Medical Records Turns Into an $800,000 HIPAA-Compliance Mistake

A non-profit healthcare company agreed to pay $800,000 as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for allegedly mishandling 71 boxes of medical records in violation of the privacy rule...more

9/19/2014 - Compliance Data Breach EHR Healthcare HHS HIPAA Medical Records PHI Popular

EEOC Sues Employer for Forcing “Onionhead” Religious Practices on Workers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently sued a health network, alleging that the company fired employees who refused to participate in activities that the federal agency claimed were religious...more

9/16/2014 - EEOC Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Onionhead Religious Discrimination Title VII

Proposed FERPA Update Would Strengthen Student Data Privacy

On July 30, 2014, two U.S. senators introduced the Protecting Student Privacy Act, which would update the sections of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that deal with protecting the privacy of students'...more

9/15/2014 - FERPA Legislative Agendas Pending Legislation Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Policy Public Schools School Districts Students

Oklahoma, Louisiana and Rhode Island Continue Trend Enacting New Password-Protection Laws

In 2012, Maryland became the first state to prohibit employers from requiring employees or job applicants to provide passwords to their personal social media accounts. Since then, the trend for states to limit employers'...more

9/10/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Job Applicants New Legislation Passwords Social Media

OSHA To Refer Untimely Whistleblower Complaints to the NLRB

Whistleblower complaints filed under Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) that might previously have been dismissed because they exceed the 30-day statute of limitations may find new life as...more

9/8/2014 - NLRB OSHA Popular Statute of Limitations Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Worker-Classification Lawsuit Claims Drivers Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors

A class-action suit recently filed in Massachusetts against an on-demand car service alleges the company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. As a result, according to the complaint, the...more

9/2/2014 - Class Action Employee Definition Employer Liability Issues Independent Contractors Misclassification Mobile Apps Wage and Hour

Survey Shows Cybersecurity Danger Worse than Most Retailers Think

There's a huge gap between retailers' perceptions and reality when it comes to cyberattacks and preventing data breaches, according to a new study from Dimensional Research and Tripwire. When asked how quickly their...more

8/29/2014 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Collection Internet Retailers Popular Retailers

Court Upholds Employer’s Inflexible Leave Policy

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a number of lawsuits against companies with inflexible leave policies, claiming the policies are discriminatory under the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

8/27/2014 - ADA Disability Disability Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues Paid Leave Unpaid Leave

EEOC Warns English-Only Policies May Be Pretext for Illegal Discrimination

While requiring workers to be fluent in English or to speak English in the workplace isn’t unlawful, per se, an English-only policy may be seen as a pretext for unlawful national-origin discrimination in violation of Title...more

8/25/2014 - Civil Rights Act Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues English-Only Rules National Origin Discrimination Title VII

Post on Personal Facebook Page May Violate the ADA

A recent federal court decision underscores the importance of ADA compliance and medical confidentiality. In this case, an employer could end up being liable because an employee posted confidential medical information...more

8/18/2014 - ADA Confidential Information Confidentiality Disability Employer Liability Issues Popular Social Media

Federal Jury Awards $4.7 Million in Workplace Bullying Case

An employee of a Brooklyn, New York clothing store was awarded $4.7 million by a federal jury after being repeatedly bullied by a co-worker and ultimately physically attacked. The award was for assault, emotional distress,...more

8/15/2014 - Bullying Employer Liability Issues Hazing Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Popular Workplace Bullying Workplace Violence

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