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Week in Review

Employers and their IT departments are always looking for ways to protect their data in this age of constantly changing technology. One new form of protection that may become available to employers is a "kill switch" on...more

BYOD: Where the Employee and the Enterprise Intersect

The proliferation of bring your own device programs – or “BYOD” as it is commonly referred – has drastically changed today’s corporate workplace environment. Employees are availing themselves of smart phones, tablets, and...more

Week in Review - April 14, 2014

With technological innovations appearing daily in the workplace, employers must continually evaluate how best to proactively prepare for and respond to these changes. As you do your planning, you might want to check out the...more

Brave New World or California Dreaming? Governor Patrick Proposes Legislation Banning Non-Compete Agreements

At an economic development summit earlier today in Newton, Massachusetts, Governor Patrick stated that he will propose an economic growth bill that includes a prohibition on non-competition agreements that discourage workers...more

Protection against Business and Legal Risks from the iPhone 5s Security Vulnerabilities

The iPhone 5s debuted with a list of new features designed to enhance its users’ experience. Among the list is Touch ID, a form of biometric security that allows users to lock and unlock their iPhone with their fingerprint....more

Practice ‘Bring Your Own Device’? Here’s How to Avoid Legal Trouble

The "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) trend has risen dramatically in the last year, but with its increased use comes risks that employers and employees are not equipped to manage. Employers should practice the following in...more

Week in Review - April 3, 2014

Not all technology-based changes in the workplace involve social media and smartphones. This week's headlines and blog posts highlight other ways in which technology is changing the way we work. For example, employers are...more

Week in Review - March 27, 2014

This week’s news included advice to employers on tackling mobile device issues in the workplace while, on other fronts, Division I football players tackled labor laws. On Wednesday, the Chicago regional office of the National...more

IRS Issues Significant Convertible Virtual Currency Ruling – Bitcoin Community Abuzz

The IRS has issued its first major ruling on the U.S. federal tax implications of transactions in, or transactions that use, Bitcoin and other convertible virtual currencies. The ruling stresses that it relates to convertible...more

Criminal Sentence For Unauthorized Access Of Former Co-Worker’s E-Mail Reduced On Appeal

A terminated employee was convicted of “Mischief to Data” and “Unauthorized use of a Computer” contrary to the Criminal Code after he remotely accessed a former co-worker’s e-mail without her authorization and forwarded...more

Health Update

Ten Years In: Charting the Progress of Health Information Exchange in the U.S. - HITECH: Federal Dollars Spur Adoption and Use: The modern era of HIE-related public policy began in May 2004 with the appointment...more

Federal Court Ruling in Pa. Narrows Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

A Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge has tossed an employer’s claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), holding that the CFAA does not extend to punish employees for the misuse of information that was accessed...more

Anti-Bullying Hurdles for the Life Sciences

First Decision for the Fair Work Commission's Anti-Bullying Regime - The Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) Anti-Bullying Regime opened its doors on 1 January 2014. The new Anti-Bullying Regime got off to a leisurely start...more

French Employers: Only Three Months Left to Set Up a Single Database | Base de données unique : plus que trois mois pour la mettre...

French law requires companies with 300 or more employees to set up a single database for economic and employment information by no later than 14 June 2014. The French Job Security Act of 14 June 2013, which codified...more

Take 5 Newsletter: 5 Employment Law Considerations in "The Cloud"

What is "the cloud," and what on Earth (pun intended) does cloud computing have to do with employment law? While many definitions abound, cloud computing at its core is a form of remote electronic data storage,...more

Employer Ownership of Social Media Accounts

If you have a business with a social media footprint (and what business doesn’t, these days), ask yourself this question: "How confident are you that you own the social networking accounts through which you are building your...more

UK Home Office Announces New Technology Sector Visa Route

The exceptional talent route has opened up through Tech City UK. The UK Home Office has announced that, starting 6 April 2014, it will open up a new visa route for the technology sector to reflect London’s growing...more

Social Media – Revise Your Policy If It Says This

If you have a provision similar to the one below in any of your employee agreements, handbooks, etc. or are considering including one, make sure you read the rest of this article....more

Week in Review - March 14, 2014

Week after week, the blogosphere is full of discussions about new developments in the law involving social media. This week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission joined the conversation by holding a public meeting to...more

Social Media Is Part of Today’s Workplace but its Use May Raise Employment Discrimination Concerns

Experts Tell EEOC That Use of Social Media by Employers, Applicants and Employees May Implicate the Laws EEOC Enforces - WASHINGTON-The use of social media has become pervasive in today's workplace and, as a result, is...more

Business News Digest – March 2014

In this issue: - Cybersecurity: Coming Soon to a Government Contract Near You - Recent National Defense Authorization Act Presents Opportunities for Small Business Contractors - Iran Sanctions Deal Does...more

Workplace Privacy in the Digital Age

The blended use of technology for both professional and personal communication has had a significant impact on workplace privacy. Gone are the days when all an employer knew about an employee was what could be observed during...more

The Games HR is Playing

Let’s face it. The HR department isn’t typically filled with the go-to techies in your office. Usually HR lags more than a bit behind the curve on technology adoption – primarily because HR isn’t usually a profit center so...more

Week in Review - March 7, 2014

Some things should be kept private. This week, the blogosphere provided several anecdotal reminders of this principle for both employers and employees. As we noted in an earlier post, one former employee learned the hard way...more

USPTO Issues Guidance for Analyzing Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims Reciting Laws of Nature/Natural Principles, Natural...

Earlier today, in a memorandum issued to the Patent Examining Corps by Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Andrew Hirshfeld, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office implemented a new procedure for determining the...more

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