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Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - June 2017

Revocation? Think Again. - On June 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit issued what might be the most business-friendly Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) decision we have seen in a long time in Reyes v....more

What Employers Need to Know about Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation

On April 14, 2016, the European Parliament approved the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR” or the “Regulation”), a new regulation that will replace the European Union’s (“EU”) current data privacy standard. As a...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - May 2017

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Interchange Settlement Appeal - The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit's ruling overturning a $7.25 billion settlement agreement in...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: May 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

On Friday of last week, a ransomware cyberattack struck 45,000 targets in 74 countries, including organizations such as FedEx, Telefonica, and the UK’s National Health Service, which cancelled operations and diverted patients...more

Employer Liability for Data Breaches: Where Are We Now?

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When a data breach places employees’ information at risk, is the employer liable? We’ve continued to track legal actions against employers based on data breaches, but we still don’t have clear guidance from the courts....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2017 #4

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, the administration rescinded Obama-era federal guidelines interpreting federal anti-discrimination laws to require schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity....more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - February 2017

Ninth Circuit Tackles Several TCPA Issues in Gym Texting Case - Why it matters: Retailers communicate with their customers frequently as an essential part of their business. While these communications are typically...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2017 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, in her first public comments since her appointment, new EEOC Chair Victoria Lipnic indicated that the agency will focus on age discrimination, equal pay, and job growth. Lipnic also indicated that the agency will...more

It’s Tax Time – Don’t be Phished

It’s that taxing time of the year. Employees have received W-2 forms and the tax filing season has begun in earnest. And, as night follows day, last year’s W-2 spear-phishing scam has returned. The IRS and state tax...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, there were developments in two cases in different Pennsylvania courts involving employer liability—or lack thereof—for data breaches involving employee personally identifiable information (PII). A Pennsylvania...more

Key Employment Law Events in 2017 and Beyond

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Current indications are that 2017 may be a fairly static year as regards to employment law. Whilst it is anticipated the government will trigger Article 50 to start Brexit negotiations, these are likely to last for at...more

Data Security for Employers: An Update

by Zelle LLP on

Employers store, manage, and share sensitive data about employees. The Navigator and other commentators have written a lot about issues related to personally identifiable information, health-related data, and employee...more

What GCs Need to Know About EPLI

by Zelle LLP on

This is the fifth in our series of posts for general counsel and the HR professionals who support them. As we have noted previously, GCs are responsible for a lot but may not have time to become an expert on everything. These...more

DOJ/FTC Joint Guidance for Human Resources Professionals Suggests Broad Antitrust Risks

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Provisions restricting the hiring of another company’s employees are often included in vendor agreements and a variety of corporate transactions and licenses. And it’s not unusual to see similar constraints adopted in...more

Mille Lacs County in Minnesota settles for $1 million after former employee accesses driver and vehicle database for personal gain

Last week, Mille Lacs County and former investigator for the Mille Lacs County Family Services, Mikki Jo Peterick, agreed to pay $1 million to settle a proposed federal class action which alleged that a former employee of...more

Reputation Matters: Don’t Lose Opportunities Due to Inaccurate Personal Data

Consumers may be injured by inaccurate data that they cannot review or correct. There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Congress. The children’s song, “There’s a Hole in the Bucket,” exemplifies the conundrum many consumers...more

The Paper Trail: The Potential Data-Breach Sitting in your Printer

In April 2016, the sensitive personal medical information of NFL players was stolen from the car of a trainer who had left the files in a backpack in his locked car. In 2014, Safeway, Inc. settled charges brought by the...more

Employee Error Accounts for Most Security Breaches

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A recent study by a well-known information security company captures one of the most common information security fallacies: that information security is a technology problem. Most businesses view mitigating information...more

Experian sponsors Ponemon study on data breach

Experian Data Breach Resolution sponsored a recently released Ponemon Study entitled “Managing Insider Risk through Training & Culture.” The report is quite timely in light of all of the recent successful W-2 phishing...more

Health Care Employees at the Frontline in The Battle Against Ransomware

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As recent noteworthy attacks have shown, no health care organization or provider is safe from ransomware threats, and the results of an attack can be devastating. Ransomware is a virus which limits or eliminates access to...more

Employment Law Reporter - May 2016

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

The Age of The Data Breach : The Top 5 Best Practices - What will you do? We live in The Information Age. Increasingly, business success depends on the ability to obtain, maintain and intelligently utilize increasing...more

Driver Privacy Act of 2015 Addresses Privacy Concerns for Data Collected on Event Data Recorders

by Wilson Elser on

An event data recorder (EDR), as defined in 49 CFR section 563.5, generally means a device or function in a vehicle that records the vehicle’s dynamic time-series data during the time period just prior to or during a crash...more

HHS Fact Sheet on Your Employees’ and Clients’ Rights under HIPAA to Access their Health Information

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Public Law 104-191, contains extensive rules designed to limit access by non-health plan entities to certain individually identifiable health...more

Mobile Applications that Track User Information Have the FTC’s Attention

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Similar to website browsers, many mobile applications collect a variety of information from the user, including, the user’s identity, usage history, past log-ins, and location. This enables the application to provide various...more

What Employers Should Consider Before Switching to Fingerprint-based Time Clocks, Padlocks and Access Points

by Bryan Cave on

Several companies now offer time and attendance solutions that incorporate the use of fingerprint identification technology and purport to eliminate “buddy punching” for hourly employees. In addition to time and attendance...more

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