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Silicon Valley Misclassification: ‘New York’ Magazine Focuses on How the 1099 Economy May Be Exposing Tech Start-Up Companies to...

Today’s online edition of New York Magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer” includes a comprehensive article on how Silicon Valley start-up tech companies using “the 1099 model” may be exposed to employment, tax, and benefit law...more

Information Security Training Master Class: Winning the Battle against Data Breaches, Malicious and Negligent Employees, and...

The Human Element of Information Security - In Part One of this series, I laid out data breach statistics that were at best startling, and at worst downright terrifying. Thankfully, a large percentage of the data...more

Are you—or someone you love—a content hoarder?

Hoarding is defined clinically as embodying “a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them.” That accumulation occurs regardless of the actual value associated with...more

Workplace-Diversity Data Continues To Drive Awareness in Silicon Valley

The technology industry has been criticized in recent years for its lack of diversity in its mostly male workforce as advocates call on companies to be more transparent with their demographic information. Apple Inc. is one of...more

Private Ruling Endorses Taxpayer-Friendly Reading of “Qualified Small Business” Under Section 1202

On September 5, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Private Letter Ruling 201436001 (the “Ruling”), which found that a company providing products and services primarily within the pharmaceutical industry was a...more

Values First! An Interview with GlaxoSmithKline Senior Vice President, PD Villarreal

As described in Dan Pink’s book, To Sell is Human, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the global pharmaceutical, vaccines, and consumer health care company, has adopted a groundbreaking approach to paying its salespeople. Rather than...more

HEAL Advisory: Whistleblowers Rewarded Again by SEC and the Judiciary

On August 29, 2014, two whistleblower developments of particular interest to health care and life science entities emerged from the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals,...more

Growing Salaries for South Florida’s High-Tech Workers

A report recently released by Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle – a financial and professional services firm specializing in commercial real estate – reveals that wages for high-tech workers in South Florida rose by 6.4...more

Are You Ready for the New Holacracy? Update on Social Media and the Hiring Process

The innovative folks at Zappos have eschewed the traditional job application/interview/job offer process for a social-media-driven process on a Zappos platform. While very up-to-date, does this push the envelope to the point...more

Wearable Technologies Are Here To Stay: Here’s How the Workplace Can Prepare

More than a decade ago, “dual use” devices (i.e., one device used for both work and personal reasons) began creeping into workplaces around the globe. Some employees insisted on bringing fancy new smart phones from home to...more

Protected Concerted Activity on Facebook: The NLRB “Likes” This

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to expand its interpretation of the forms of employee online behavior that constitute protected concerted activity under the National Labor Relations Act. Recently, in Three...more

Digital Insights & Trends: There’s an App for That – But Is It Legal?

The “sharing economy” is an e-commerce darling, making household names of companies like Airbnb and Lyft, with lesser-known businesses such as RelayRides and MoneyParking emerging daily. Also called the peer-to-peer business...more

Brown v. Tellermate: Cloud-based Data and E-discovery

According to PC Magazine, “[i]n the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive.” Cloud-based computing has become a very popular tool...more

Business Associate Agreements May Require Amendment

The Omnibus Final Rule (the "Omnibus Rule") under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA"), was issued in January, 2013 effective March 26, 2013, but with a general compliance deadline of...more

Status Updates - August 2014 #12

..What’s not to like? The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that an employee’s Facebook “like” approving of another employee’s statements about their employer may constitute “concerted activity” under federal labor...more

Week in Review

The National Labor Relations Board continues to focus on employer social media policies and employee discipline for online activity. In a ruling this week involving Triple Play Sports Bar & Grill, the Board concluded that...more

Court Was Wrong to Re-Write Covenants

In Prophet v Huggett [2014] ECWA Civ 1013, the Court of Appeal has overturned a recent decision of the High Court in which it had re-written a non-compete covenant to give it commercial effect. You may recall that we...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update August 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made announcements this week regarding the Open Payments system and the availability of Affordable Care Act (ACA) Consumer Assistance Program grant funds, issued a request...more

Protecting Your Employees (And Your Company's Image) Online

The best and most effective way an employer can combat social media-focused harassment is through education and training on what behavior the company will and will not find acceptable....more

How Website Operators Use CFAA To Combat Data-Scraping

“Web scraping” or “Web harvesting” — the practice of extracting large amounts of data from publicly available websites using automated “bots” or “spiders” — accounted for 18 percent of site visitors and 23 percent of all...more

When Acting to Prevent Data Breaches and Comply with Privacy Laws, Remember Overarching Employee Rights

The grocery business may be “fresh and easy,” but drafting a confidentiality and data protection policy that withstands the scrutiny of the current National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is not. The NLRB, in its recent 2-1...more

The Monsters of the Digital Age

Like the beasts of Tolkien’s imagination, digital trolls skulk around the internet shrouded in anonymity, unprovoked yet fiercely attacking the unwary. These trolls are individuals who use anonymous screen names to post...more

Quirky Question #240, Breach Notification Laws

Question: Our company has employees and operations in multiple states, and I’m concerned about complying with data breach laws in the various locales. What’s the status of the law on data break...more

My “Momma Bear” Is Coming Out: Cyber Bullies Prove Social Media Training Needs An Anti-Harassment Element

More than 50% of teens have experienced cyber bullying. Parents have historically looked to their children’s schools and local government to address the issue, but what about the social media sites which contribute to the...more

Risks of BYOD

Q: BYOD (Bring your own device) is standard for our employees. What, if any, are the risks for BYOD when compared to company-provided devices?...more

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