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Updating IT and BYOD Policies to Reflect CASL Software Notification Requirements

On January 15, 2015, the software provisions in Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) will come into force, creating significant prohibitions and requiring consent to, among other things, install software, change device...more

Privacy Alert: Privacy Lessons Learned From Uber

It’s not just health care companies, credit card companies, or big box retailers that need to be careful when it comes to privacy. Any company collecting user data from mobile apps—including geolocation data, user address...more

Data protection obligations on banks into force in Italy

The Italian Data Protection Authority issued regulations introducing new relevant data protection obligations for banks in the processing of customers’ personal data by their employees aimed at monitoring the transfer of...more

Arrival of Ebola Virus Prompts Policyholders to Assess Insurance Coverage

With news of the Ebola virus arriving in the United States, many companies are moving quickly to protect the health and safety of their employees and customers. At the same time, some insurance providers have already...more

FINRA Provides New Carve-Out Provisions to Include in Settlement and Confidentiality Agreements

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Member Firms have new language to include in their settlement and confidentiality agreements. On October 9, FINRA released Regulatory Notice (RN) 14-40, warning that firms are...more

CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion issues second annual report

The CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) has issued its second annual report to Congress covering the OMWI’s activities in 2013. The Dodd-Frank Act required the CFPB and various other federal agencies...more

Set Your “Target” on Data Security in 2014

Target Corp.’s data breach has been big news this holiday season, with as many as 40 million holiday shoppers across the nation exposed to potential credit and debit card fraud. According to the Identity Theft Resource...more

Five Questions to Ask Before January 10, 2014 - CFPB Focus

1. Compliance Procedures. Have you updated your written policies and procedures for each of your products or services to encompass the new rules and regulations? Once updated, have you provided copies to your employees? Have...more

Federal Regulators Propose Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies of Regulated Entities

Six federal agencies have proposed joint standards for assessing the diversity policies and practices of regulated entities relating to employment and contracting with third parties. The proposal was developed by the...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - September 30, 2013

In This Issue: - NCUA Drafts Rule Subjecting Big Credit Unions to Stress Tests Report Finds FDIC Has Filed as Least 32 D&O Lawsuits This Year - CFPB Cracks Down on "Furnishers" Giving Credit Report Information -...more

E-Cigarettes Test Workplace Smoking Policies

E-Cigarettes Test Workplace Smoking Policies by Donald M. Pepe on September 25, 2013 New York and New Jersey both prohibit “smoking” in the workplace. However, the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes poses new...more

CFPB Issues Guidance On Payroll Cards

On September 12, the CFPB issued a bulletin stating that the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) and Regulation E apply to payroll card accounts, which Regulation E defines as “accounts that are established directly or...more

Business Law Newsletter - September 2013

In This Issue: - Proactive Steps to Protect Trade Secrets - Finding a Safe Path to Following the FCC’s Newest Consumer Privacy Directives - A Tactical Approach to Defending Virginia Non-Competes - Excerpt...more

Federal, State Officials Focus On Employee Payroll Cards

On July 11, a group of Democratic Senators urged the CFPB and the Department of Labor to “take swift action” regarding prepaid payroll cards....more

Senators Request CFPB Issue Guidance and Rulemakings, Bring Enforcement Actions Relating to Payroll Card Programs

Last week, 16 Democratic Senators sent a letter on regulation of payroll cards to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) Director Richard Cordray and Department of Labor (“DOL”) Acting Secretary Seth Harris. The letter...more

Supreme Court's American Express Decision Impacts Businesses Seeking to Avoid Being Sued in a Class Action

Businesses often use arbitration agreements as a tool to lessen the burden and cost of future litigation. On June 20, 2013, the Supreme Court released its opinion in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, which...more

I signed a general release effective in Massachusetts, can I now bring a claim against the party I gave the release to?

If you have signed a general release and are assessing the effect and/or ramifications or are considering signing any release presented to you to settle a claim, you will want to read this post! Contact: George E....more

Busy at Work: California Legislature Addressing Data Privacy Concerns with Data Privacy Law

The California legislature is busily at work, staying at the forefront with the development of data privacy laws. More than 15 bills related to data privacy concerns are currently making their way through the legislature, and...more

Years Later, PCA Employees Indicted

I had the following email exchange earlier this year with a concerned client: Client (in late January 2013): "Hi Steve, I was wondering if you knew of any cases where employees were prosecuted for not following...more

Mobile App Disclaimers Not Sufficient to Circumvent FCRA Requirements

The Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement last week with a mobile app company, its data provider, and their CEO in its first Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) enforcement action involving mobile applications. The...more

Employers Should Use Revised FCRA Disclosure for Employees and Job Applicants

Employers who use consumer reports as part of their decision-making process in the hiring, promotion or firing of employees should note the attached “A Summary of Your Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act” issued by the...more

New Federal Agency Rings In The New Year With New FCRA Background Check Forms

Employers that use third parties to perform background checks on applicants or employees must start using new Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) forms immediately. The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is...more

Judicial Fact Finding Increasing in Class Action Certification Hearings

Class action certification under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“FRCP”) only permit a class action if, among other things, “there are questions of law or fact common to the class.” (FRCP 23) This means that trial...more

Former ESPN Zone Employees May Seek Payment of Back Pay as a Result of Disney’s Violation of WARN Act

The Disney Company violated the WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) Act when closing the ESPN Zone restaurant and amusement facility in Baltimore by failing to provide terminated workers with full wages and...more

Legal Alert: Employers Must Be Prepared To Use Revised FCRA Forms Beginning January 1, 2013

Beginning January 1, 2013, employers must use the revised forms issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in November 2012 to conduct background checks under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). ...more

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