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An Employer’s Duty To Accommodate Not So-Common Religious Practices

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. An employee has requested that the company give her an accommodation due to a religious practice I have never heard of. Do we have to comply with this request? A. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects...more

Biometric Data in the Workplace Could Trigger Privacy Litigation Wave

by Jones Day on

The Situation: While biometric data (such as fingerprints, facial recognition technology, and iris scans) can be used effectively in the workplace, privacy advocates worry that anonymity could be undermined, and plaintiffs'...more

Biometric Privacy Targeted In Increased Class Action Litigation in Illinois

by Bryan Cave on

Even as technology advances and consumers become more accustomed to providing their fingerprints in routine, everyday transactions (such as unlocking their cellular phones), private entities, and employers in particular, are...more

The Risky Business of Using Biometric Information: Insurance Coverage Considerations

by K&L Gates LLP on

Illinois has recently entered the litigation spotlight due to the growing number of actions being brought under the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (the “Illinois BIPA”). Illinois is one of only several states that...more

Biometrics Class Action Suits Proliferate In Illinois

by King & Spalding on

Over the past few months, businesses have seen a significant uptick in putative class action lawsuits filed in Illinois state court, alleging claims under Illinois’ 2008 privacy law, the Biometric Information Privacy Act...more

Do You Have “Security Fatigue”?

Every day it seems a new data security breach has occurred, a new “cyber hack” is in the news…making us run to our phones, computers, bank accounts, you name it, to see if we could be the “one” affected. As a result, more and...more

Privacy Perils: Driverless Cars Are the Future, But Are There Privacy Potholes Ahead?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Driverless cars are no longer a far-off pipe dream. Look for Hyundai and Toyota to showcase their driverless models at the upcoming 2018 and 2020 Olympics (in South Korea and Japan, respectively). Many predict that within 10...more

Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA): A Checklist for Defendants

by Locke Lord LLP on

The rising tide of litigation under Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) shows no sign of ebbing anytime soon. No industry is immune, and here’s what companies should consider if they’ve been named as a...more

From Sea to Privacy: New Border Legislation Increases Focus on Cybersecurity and Privacy at U.S. Ports

by Reed Smith on

Last week, the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee (the “Committee”) held a hearing on “Examining Physical Security and Cybersecurity at Our Nation’s Ports” that sought to identify and understand cyber threats posed by...more

Litigation Under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act Highlights Biometric Data Risks

by K&L Gates LLP on

Since June 1, 2017, over thirty class actions have been filed in Illinois alleging claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“Illinois BIPA”), which regulates the use and retention of biometric...more

Moving Beyond Passwords – Does Your Face Raise Privacy Concerns?

by BakerHostetler on

Phishing attacks continue to be the root cause of a considerable number of data breaches. Typically, these incidents occur when employees are enticed into giving up their login credentials in response to a cleverly designed,...more

To Scan or Not to Scan: Surge in Lawsuits under Illinois Biometrics Law

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act is having its moment. At least 32 class action lawsuits have been filed by Illinois residents in state court in the past two months challenging the collection, use and storage of...more

The Law of Unintended Consequences: BIPA and the Effects of the Illinois Class Action Epidemic on Employers

Has your company recently beefed up its employee identification and access security and added biometric identifiers, such as fingerprints, facial recognition, or retina scans? Have you implemented new timekeeping technology...more

Hyatt and Bob Evans Face Class Action Biometric Suit Over Fingerprints

Hyatt Corp. was hit with a class action suit this week for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by collecting and storing employees’ fingerprints. This is the latest in a string of suits...more

The “Mark of the Devil” and Religious Discrimination

Although Halloween is only a few days behind us, employers should take note of a “devilish” decision from a Pennsylvania federal court in a discrimination case late last month....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - November 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

US-CERT Warns of New Ransomware: Bad Rabbit - The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is warning companies in the U.S. about a new ransomware dubbed “Bad Rabbit.” US-CERT stated it has received multiple...more

The Next Employment Class Action Lawsuit That Will Blindside You

by BakerHostetler on

Do any of your office systems involve fingerprint scans or facial recognition? If so, and if you have any Illinois business operations, you may soon become a target of the latest round of employment class actions....more

Beware the Fine (Thumb) Print: Insurance Coverage for Class Actions Under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, and...

by Reed Smith on

Since July 2017, national, regional and local businesses operating in Illinois have been hit with a virtual storm of class actions under the Illinois Biometrics Privacy Act (“BIPA”), 740 ILCS 14 et seq. BIPA regulates how...more

Biometric Time Clocks May Be a Ticking Time Bomb for Employers

by Locke Lord LLP on

Employers in Illinois that are using biometric time clocks that use fingerprints or other biometric identifiers to identify particular employees need to be aware of the substantial compliance obligations imposed by the...more

A “New” Frontier for Plaintiffs Class Action Attorneys -- the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act: Can Technical...

by Clark Hill PLC on

Since November 2016, over thirty-five class action lawsuits have been brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (the Illinois “BIPA”) in Illinois state and federal courts. Under the Illinois BIPA (which was...more

Second Circuit Set to Address Key Issues Under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Second Circuit became the first U.S. Court of Appeals to wade into the rising tide of litigation under Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) when it conducted oral argument on October 26, 2017 in a BIPA...more

Beware the Fine (Thumb) Print: Insurance Coverage for the Storm of Class Actions Under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy...

by Reed Smith on

Since July 2017, national, regional and local businesses operating in Illinois have been hit with a virtual storm of class actions under the Illinois Biometrics Privacy Act (“BIPA”). BIPA regulates how businesses may record...more

Fingerprint Scanning for Timekeeping: A Perfect Match for Your Workplace or a Biometric Passport to Litigation?

by BakerHostetler on

A recent surge of class action lawsuits is challenging employers’ use of fingerprint timekeeping systems. In the past two months, at least 32 class action lawsuits have been filed in Illinois alleging noncompliance with the...more

Using Biometric Timekeeping? Be Aware of Potential Compliance Risks

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Human resources professionals could certainly be excused for feeling frustrated with the fact that every technological advance improving business operations comes with new legal landmines to manage. For example, increased...more

Putting a Finger on a Problem? Employees Challenge Biometric Scanners as Violating Privacy

Employers, if you have ever wondered how much security is too much, there may be an answer coming sooner than you think. In a recently filed complaint, Martin Ragsdale, an employee of the Paramount of Oak Park Rehabilitation...more

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