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Location of employees can be monitored with privacy restrictions

It is possible to collect location data relating to employees through smartphone Apps if used in order to optimize the usage of resources and improve their management, coordination and timing provided that this practice...more

Phishing Attacks Target University Employee Payroll Information

In a recent advisory, the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) warned higher education institutions about sophisticated phishing attacks that target faculty and staff...more

Ebola: best practices for US employers – 6 questions to ask

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest one of its type in history and the first in West Africa. A severe and often fatal disease in humans, Ebola symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea,...more

EEOC Attacks Another Wellness Program

EEOC Files Lawsuit and Motion for TRO and Injunction. Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota to prevent Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell)...more

Privacy Tuesday – November 2014 – Five Things to Start Your Week

Welcome to Privacy Tuesday – here are five privacy & security bits and bytes to start your week: 1) California AG’s Data Breach Report: Who Is Handling Your Patients’ Confidential Health Information? - The...more

Publix to Pay $6.8 Million for Alleged FCRA Violations

Publix Super Markets Inc. has agreed to pay $6.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over the supermarket chain’s background check procedures. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), employers must provide prior...more

Mandatory Privacy Training Rule for Federal Contractors Expected Soon

A rule to require federal contactors handling personally identifiable information to train their employees in safeguarding the information is close to release. Under the anticipated rule, contractor employees will have to...more

iSpy: Tracking Employees with GPS Technology on Mobile Devices

More than 90 percent of the 322 million cellular phones in use in the United States contain global positioning system (GPS) tracking devices that allow wireless carriers to obtain continuous, highly accurate information...more

Lawsuit against LinkedIn Latest in Battle over Use of Big Data in Employment

Following up on a topic discussed recently in this space, a class action filed last month against LinkedIn represents just the latest development in the burgeoning battle over defining the permissible and impermissible uses...more

How To Analyze A HIPAA Breach

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) and subsequent regulations have changed several aspects of compliance with HIPAA, including the way covered entities should think about...more

DOL Issues iCERT Password Reactivation Reminder

On November 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an alert reminding stakeholders that, as of September 30, 2014, iCERT users needed to have updated their passwords to meet the new enhanced password security...more

Ebola and infectious disease control: key points for hospitals and health systems

Dr. David Relman, a professor of infectious disease, microbiology and immunology at Stanford University's medical school, was quoted recently saying of the Ebola virus: “As best we can tell right now, it is quite possible...more

Ebola: Key employment legal issues for multinational employers

As the number of Ebola cases hits the 10,000 mark, employers the world over are looking to put in place plans to prepare in the unlikely event that an employee becomes exposed to or ill with the virus. Is your business...more

Final Regulations for ACA Excepted Benefits

On October 1, 2014, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury issued final regulations that address the treatment of dental, vision and employee assistance programs (EAP) as "Excepted Benefits" under...more

Six Considerations For Employers Faced With The Ebola Virus Or Other Infectious Diseases

As the Ebola virus has spread to a second city in the United States, and with the potential for additional cities to be affected, many businesses are faced with the difficult task of determining how to properly handle their...more

Employers: How Prepared Are You for Ebola?

Rapidly changing circumstances raise workplace questions. The Ebola epidemic in 2014 has already been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as the worst in history. The extent of this outbreak is...more

Northern District of Illinois Declines To Restrict Defense Counsel’s Communications With Putative Class Members

The Northern District of Illinois refused to restrict a defense counsel’s communications with putative class members, reasoning that the communications were not misleading or coercive. The case arose when a “romantic...more

Class Action Stretches FCRA’s Limits to Target LinkedIn

With increasing regularity, states and localities have passed laws that limit the ability of private employers to inquire into or otherwise consider the criminal or credit histories of their prospective and current employees....more

eBenefits Alert: Enforcement Delay Announced for HPID Nov. 5 Deadline

On Oct. 31, 2014, the Office of e-Health Standards and Services, which is charged with HIPAA compliance, announced an enforcement delay to the regulations requiring the use of the Health Plan Identifiers (HPIDs) in HIPAA...more

DELAYED! HPID Deadline Is No Longer November 5

This past weekend the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indefinitely delayed enforcement of the requirement that all self-insured health plans obtain a Health Plan Identifier number (HPID). ...more

Indefinite Delay of Health Plan Identifier Rules

On Halloween, the Department of Health and Human Services announced an indefinite delay in enforcement of the health plan identifier (HPID) rules. As a result, large health plans are no longer required to choose whether to...more

Publix to Pay $6.8 Million Settlement over Noncompliant Background Check Forms

If your company’s background check disclosure form includes a release of liability, take it out. Less than a year after a federal district court in Pennsylvania ruled that Closetmaid violated the Fair Credit Reporting...more

A Halloween "Treat" - CMS Announces Indefinite Delay in Enforcement of Health Plan Identifier (HPID) Requirements, Including the...

The Health Plan Identifier (“HPID”) is a standard, unique health plan identifier required by the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). On September 5, 2012, the Department of Health and Human...more

Are You Monitoring Your French Employees? Make Sure You Have Registered That Activity with the CNIL!

French employers must declare monitoring to the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) in advance if they want to use evidence obtained from that monitoring in court. The use of the employee’s company mailbox for personal...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 8: Breaking HPID News

In a surprise move, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an indefinite delay in enforcement of regulations pertaining to “health plan enumeration and use of the Health Plan Identifier (HPID) in HIPAA...more

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