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Mishandling Medical Records Turns Into an $800,000 HIPAA-Compliance Mistake

A non-profit healthcare company agreed to pay $800,000 as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for allegedly mishandling 71 boxes of medical records in violation of the privacy rule of…more
| Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology, Nonprofit Law

Investment Firm Fined $15 Million for Cherry Picking and Soft Dollar Schemes

An investment firm's plan to defraud clients out of $10.9 million landed it a $15 million penalty from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On top of the penalty, the firm must disgorge — or give up the profits…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

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
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

EEOC Sues Employer for Forcing “Onionhead” Religious Practices on Workers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently sued a health network, alleging that the company fired employees who refused to participate in activities that the federal agency claimed were religious practices…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

California Court Dismisses CMIA Claim Based on Possession of Stolen Medical Data

A health organization narrowly averted paying a potential $4 billion in damages under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) for losing the medical records of more than 4 million patients. Plaintiffs…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Proposed FERPA Update Would Strengthen Student Data Privacy

On July 30, 2014, two U.S. senators introduced the Protecting Student Privacy Act, which would update the sections of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that deal with protecting the privacy of students'…more
| Education, Privacy

Dodd-Frank Splits Courts on Granting Whistleblower Protections

As more claimants take advantage of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) whistleblower program created under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, courts have increasingly been called upon to decipher the law's provisions…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Anti-Corruption Enforcement Targets Financial Service Industry

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently made enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) a top priority, second only to terrorism. While an overall increase in enforcement puts all industries on alert, the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Oklahoma, Louisiana and Rhode Island Continue Trend Enacting New Password-Protection Laws

In 2012, Maryland became the first state to prohibit employers from requiring employees or job applicants to provide passwords to their personal social media accounts. Since then, the trend for states to limit employers' access…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

OSHA To Refer Untimely Whistleblower Complaints to the NLRB

Whistleblower complaints filed under Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) that might previously have been dismissed because they exceed the 30-day statute of limitations may find new life as unfair…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

6 Tips for Creating an Effective Workplace-Violence Prevention Program

A medical center faces $78,000 in fines for failing to protect its employees against workplace violence, following an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The investigation revealed that,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Health

EEOC Roundup: July 2014

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Worker-Classification Lawsuit Claims Drivers Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors

A class-action suit recently filed in Massachusetts against an on-demand car service alleges the company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. As a result, according to the complaint, the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Survey Shows Cybersecurity Danger Worse than Most Retailers Think

There's a huge gap between retailers' perceptions and reality when it comes to cyberattacks and preventing data breaches, according to a new study from Dimensional Research and Tripwire. When asked how quickly their…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Antitrust Enforcement Set for Record Year of Fines

Global antitrust enforcement is on pace to set record-level fines in 2014, as the Antitrust Division (Division) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the European Commission (EC) undertake particularly aggressive…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade
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