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Agreement on Safe Harbor Replacement, the New EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Considerations for HR Departments

Our winter 2016 edition of the Employment Law Briefing Newsletter discussed the implications of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU’s) decision to invalidate the Safe Harbor framework. Concern about the lack of...more

EEOC May Obtain Private (And Arguably Unnecessary) Employee Information

Employers served with an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) subpoena requesting private employee information – regardless of its arguable relevance – may nevertheless be compelled to respond, according to a...more

European Court of Human Rights Issues Decision on Monitoring of Employee’s Internet Use

In a Barbulescu v. Romania, a decision issued on January 12, 2016, the European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling interpreting the right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the...more

EU and US Beat the Clock With Their Announcement of the "Privacy Shield" a/k/a Safe Harbor 2.0

In a long-awaited and much-anticipated announcement, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission (the “Commission”) declared on February 2, 2016, that they had struck a deal on a new cross-border data transfer...more

International Employment Law Update: Private Emails on Professional Tools are no Longer Private

In a landmark decision on January 12, 2016, the CEDH (European Court of Human Rights), ruled that employers have the right to read their employees private emails sent during working hours, on condition that this surveillance...more

Going Mobile With Recruiting

As employers search for the right workers and workers search for the right jobs, it’s worth considering the techniques of the industry that has the most mobile workforce and has the toughest time finding workers – trucking. ...more

Department of Homeland Security & Cyber Governance: It Starts at the Top

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) top privacy official said today that a “clear mandate” from top management is the foundation of an organization’s ability to establish and implement an effective data security...more

Monitoring of Employee Communications

In Barbulescu v Romania 61496/08 [2016] ECHR 61, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) considered whether an employer’s monitoring of an employee’s private communications had breached his right to privacy under the...more

Employment Law Letter - Winter 2016

In our last issue, we reported on an interesting lawsuit filed by about 50 plant construction workers who were out of work for months following an explosion resulting from a “gas blow” at the Kleen Energy facility in...more

The Legality of Tracking Employees By GPS

Over the past several years, technology has dramatically increased employee accountability in the workplace. For example, in an office environment, employees are expected to respond to emails immediately because they are...more

Importance of a Compliance Management System [Video]

Anthony DiResta discusses the importance of designing and implementing an effective Compliance Management System (CMS). This risk management tool is one of the key solutions in avoiding government investigations at both the...more

Barbulescu – Employers' Rights to Access Employees’ Emails/Personal Internet Usage

The Press has given a lot of coverage to last Tuesday’s European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decision in Barbulescu. See Times article, “Employers allowed to look at your private messages”. As often is the case,...more

What GCs Need to Know About HR Technology

Imagine that your General Counsel asks you for a very brief overview of what she needs to know - and worry about - related to HR technology and HR data management. If your GC is like most we know, she has way too much on her...more

Employment Law This Week: FTC on Big Data, DOJ/DOL on Safety Violations, External Whistleblowers, NRF Fights Scheduling [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Employers Can Read Employees’ Private Messages

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled in favor of the employer in a case concerning a Romanian sales engineer whose employment was terminated following discovery by his employer that he was sending private...more

Ten Steps For U.S. Multinational Employers Towards Compliance With Europe’s New Data Protection Framework – The General Data...

The European Union’s (EU) new data protection framework, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (the “Regulation”), is, at bottom, a response to the astonishing evolution in online commerce. As a result, only one of...more

Congress Considers Changes to FCRA to Expand Consumer Credit Files and Limit Use of Credit Reports for Employment Decisions

Two bills amending the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) intended to benefit consumers are making their way through Congress. H.R. 4172, "The Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2015," has bipartisan support, although it is...more

APCDs: One Solution to Obtaining Meaningful Performance Data

The American health care system is under immense pressure to control costs and improve quality. As a result, there is a corresponding need for access to health care data and the development of new methods to obtain value...more

European Court of Human Rights issues landmark ruling on employee monitoring

The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed that employers may, in some circumstances, monitor employees’ personal communications in the workplace. On 12 January 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”)...more

The Exception that Proves the Rule? European Court of Human Rights Okays Employer’s Access to Personal Communications of Employee...

The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled in Barbulescu v. Romania (Application no. 61496/08) that a Romanian employer did not violate its employee’s fundamental right of privacy when the employer accessed personal...more

EEOC Settles GINA Lawsuit Against Employer Using Outdated Medical Forms

The Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) prohibits employers from asking employees questions about their family medical histories in most circumstances. However, doctors’ medical questionnaires have for decades...more

No Right to Privacy in the Workplace?

Last week the European Court of Human Rights held in Barbulescu v Romania (Application no. 61496/08) that there was no breach of the right to privacy where an employer searched the contents of an employee's instant messaging...more

New York AG Requires Transportation Company to Enhance Data Security Practices

On January 6, New York AG Schneiderman announced a settlement with a California-based transportation network company that requires the company to enhance its data security protection practices to ensure protection of...more

Do employers have the right to read employees’ private emails?

A recent European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) case (Barbulescu –v- Romania) has attracted much publicity in the UK press as giving employers the green light to read employees’ private emails. Is that correct and does this...more

The Perils of BYOD Policies

Over the holidays, many employees are out of the office on family vacations or otherwise using their time off. Many employers rely on employees' use of their own personal electronic devices to keep up with what is going on in...more

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