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HIPAA for HR - Some Good News for Employers

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that was enacted to ensure protection of individuals’ protected health information (PHI). The Standards for Privacy of Individually...more

HR, Payroll, Finance Department Beware: Renewed IRS W-2 Phishing Scam Alert

The Internal Revenue Service and other agencies recently issued an urgent reminder Alert warning of a sophisticated scam to obtain confidential information and in some cases, fraudulent cash wire transfer payments. Scammers...more

Keeping Your Company’s Data Safe This Tax Season

Tax-related identity theft is nothing new, but tax season 2016 took tax schemes to a new level. Last year, our cyber experts advised a large cluster of clients (public and private companies) over a period of only two...more

Gone Phishing: IRS Warns Businesses of Tax Season W-2 Phishing Scam

Tax season is upon us, and as millions of people nationwide are preparing to file their tax returns, the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) has issued an urgent warning regarding a recurring e-mail phishing scheme targeting...more

Are You Ready for Some Football? A Pocket Playbook for HR Managers Navigating Competitive Recruiting

Just five days before Super Bowl LI, the intersecting crosshairs of antitrust and employment law class actions zeroed in on its latest target: the National Football League. On January 31, 2017, a former cheerleader for the...more

Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving; Targeting Schools, Restaurants, Hospitals, Tribal Groups and Others

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert today to all employers that the Form W-2 email phishing scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other...more

You May Have a Failure to Communicate — State Notice Requirements Are Plentiful

Your company probably makes written offers of employment. After all, it makes good sense — it confirms basics about the job, such as the position being offered and pay rate. For the applicant, it makes clear the terms of the...more

Corporate E-Note - January 2017

The IRS has announced it will begin treating certain syndicated conservation easement transactions and “substantially similar” transactions as “listed transactions.” Notice 2017-20 published on December 23, 2016 (the...more

UPDATE: Philadelphia Enacts Law Prohibiting Inquiry Into a Prospective Employee’s Wage History

Seyfarth Synopsis: Philadelphia is the next jurisdiction to prohibit employers from inquiring into job applicants’ wage history during the employment application process. ...more

[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2017 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - Feb 8th, 9th,15th & 16th - Four California Locations

Please join us for this complimentary presentation on cutting-edge employment law issues. California and federal employment laws are constantly developing and evolving so it is essential for human resource professionals and...more

Mandatory Flu Vaccinations? Immunize Yourself Against Religious Discrimination Claims

You are an HR generalist at a 300-bed community hospital. Your boss has instructed you to make sure that all personnel files document that the employee received the hospital’s annual mandatory flu vaccination. However, you...more

Reductions in Force and the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act

It is generally a good idea for companies not to disclose biographical information about their employees, such as marital status, religion, or age. Good HR professionals counsel managers not to ask for such information during...more

Beyond Politics — Lessons of Inclusion Relevant to All California Employers

No matter which part of the political spectrum you might find yourself on, whether it be the far left, the alt right, or somewhere in between, this past weekend certainly provides some food for thought applicable to...more

The Power of Habit and HR Policies

At the start of a new year, many individuals set goals and resolutions, hoping to change bad habits or form new ones. Exercising, eating healthy, reading more books, learning something new, and spending more time with family...more

Check the Drama at the Door, Part II: A 10-Point Checklist for Avoiding and Resolving Workplace Conflict

This article is the second part in a two-part series addressing managerial best practices for conflict prevention and resolution. Part one offered the first half of a 10-point checklist that also identified potential...more

Fenwick Employment Brief

California Legislative Update - In the latter half of 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed numerous bills into law. Below is a summary of those laws that will affect California employers in 2017 and...more

Webinar: Secondment - Sending Staff to Europe

Imagine your company has obtained a major contract to provide services globally, in particular in France, Germany, Italy and the UK. Although you may have offices in these countries, you need to temporarily second...more

Employee W-4 Forms

Employers are required to obtain a signed IRS Form W-4 when hiring a new employee. Although Form W-4 is revised each year by the IRS to reflect current tax rates, exemption amounts, etc., the form remains valid until an...more

Phishing Scam Targets HR Professionals By Seeking W-2s

With the new year upon us, cyberthieves are once again attempting to prey on unwitting HR professionals, as my colleague William Roberts explained in an article last week for SHRM on phishing. The scam goes like this. As...more

HR tips for drafting and cultivating your own ‘Tom Brady’ or ‘Aaron Rodgers’

Think the NFL was happy with this past Sunday’s games? I sure do. The NFL playoffs are in full swing and that usually is great news for the league since they get to dominate the sports headlines for a while. But after a...more

Alert: Antitrust 2017: Trends and Developments to Watch

1. Transition to a Trump Administration is top of the agenda - President-elect Donald Trump's DOJ and FTC transition team appointments and public short list of candidates to run the agencies indicate that antitrust...more

[Event] Master Class: Labor and Employment Law Under the Trump Administration - Jan. 25th, Washington, D.C.

Please join us for BakerHostetler's “Labor and Employment Law Under the Trump Administration.” This daylong seminar is designed to offer all new high-level courses, hitting specific and practical headline issues that will be...more

So You’re Going Global! Five Employment Basics for U.S. Companies Expanding Overseas

Your company is doing well in the United States, and you are looking to expand internationally. That can be a very exciting time! But besides the practical logistics (e.g., Do I need to set up a subsidiary to hire someone...more

Don’t be passive-aggressive with employees

I always say the two worst things you can give people are false praise and false hope. One of the reasons that I started my own practice is because I was an employee and for the most part, I didn’t like how I saw employers...more

Employment Law 2016 - Year In Review

As calendar year 2016 draws to a close, we are once again reminded that employment laws are constantly changing—except, of course, for the one change employers were expecting most, which is where our 2016 employment law...more

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