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HR’s Increasing Role in Ensuring Data Privacy

Posted in Data Privacy, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Last night I had the opportunity to speak to the Colonial Total Rewards Association on the topic of Data Privacy and HR.  I titled the presentation “Is Your HR Data Going Rogue” and really focused on the role that Human Resources professionals should play in ensuring that company data is secured. For those who have… Continue Reading

Protecting Confidential Information from Untrustworthy Employees

Posted in Data Privacy, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

My colleague Gary Starr returns today with a story worth reading about the need for employers to secure confidential information.  Although it is based on Massachusetts, the concepts it covers may have some carryover to employers elsewhere as well.   Employers that maintain records of their employees and customers and allow employees have access to confidential… Continue Reading

Connecticut to Tighten Data Privacy Requirements

Posted in Data Privacy, Highlight, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

With news of yet another breach of personnel data of nearly 21 million Americans yesterday, I invited my colleague William Roberts, to chime in with an update on a new law in Connecticut that updates data privacy requirements in the state. Bill heads up our Privacy and Data Protection team here and works a lot… Continue Reading

56 Million Reasons Why Your HR Department Needs Better Data Security

Posted in Data Privacy, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Okay, okay.  I realize the headline is a bit misleading.  But it isn’t every day that you hear about a data breach at Home Depot in which 56 MILLION credit cards may have been hacked. To put that into perspective, that’s 16 million MORE than the infamous Target breach! But this is an employment law… Continue Reading

Personal Data on Your Workers Next Target for Hackers?

Posted in Data Privacy, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Back in May, I talked about how data privacy was becoming a bigger issue for companies. Included in that, is the notion that human resources will play a key role in protecting information. Today comes work of a massive coordinated effort by Chinese hackers to seek personal information on tens of thousands of government workers. … Continue Reading

Data Privacy and Human Resources: A Target to Aim For?

Posted in Data Privacy, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to speak at the Tri-State SHRM Conference held at Foxwoods Resort Casino.  The session was led by Marc Kroll of Comp360 and I thank him publicly for both the invitation and the coordination. But a post about the great work that HR consultants like Marc do is a topic for… Continue Reading

Employment Law Statistics Tell Part of a Story; Still Waiting for CHRO

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Every once in a while, it’s worth taking a look at statistics in the employment law arena to get a sense of trends with the law and what employers should focus on.For those that have been paying attention, retaliation claims are now the most filed type of charge filed at the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee… Continue Reading

Data Privacy Continues to be Focus of Legislature (But What About Employers?)

Posted in Legislative Developments

Several years ago, Connecticut passed a law that, for the first time, required employers to take special precautions to protect the personal data of their employees.  For a refresher, you can see my prior posts here and here.  Now, there is news of some tweaks to the law with some implications for employers and companies. … Continue Reading

Bankruptcy Highlights Necessity of Preventing Data Breaches

Posted in Class Actions, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation

With all the focus lately on social media, it’s easy for forget that there are other laws and issues that remain vitally important to employers. One of them is the need for employees to understand the importance of compliance with data privacy laws.  I talked in 2008 about a new law in Connecticut that may… Continue Reading

What Can Google Books Data Search Tell Us About Employment Law Trends?

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Among the things we take for granted now is that information about anything and everything has always been available. (Indeed, if you want to really take a trip back in history, read this article about Time’s pick of the Personal Computer for its Man of the Year award in 1982.) Google has been at the… Continue Reading

Appellate Court Decision Provides Another Lesson About Preserving Data

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation

As I’ve noted before, the appellate courts in Connecticut release their decisions in advance of an "official" publication date for various reasons. I’ve now read over the Appellate Court’s upcoming decision in Paylan v. St. Mary’s Hospital Corp. a few times  trying to discern the big lesson for employers to take from this employment discrimination… Continue Reading

New Connecticut Law Requires Employers to Protect Employment Applications From Disclosure

Posted in Laws and Regulations

Buried in a new law regarding identity theft is a provision that requires employers to protect employment applications from being disclosed. (Hat tip to my colleague Jennifer Willcox for pointing this out.) The law (Public At 09-239), which went into effect on October 1, 2009, states that "Each employer shall obtain and retain employment applications… Continue Reading

Oops! They Did It Again! – Preventing Data From Walking Out the Door

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

With companies laying off people in droves, protecting what’s LEFT of the company — namely, it’s company data and trade secrets — becomes that much more important. For that reason, I’ll be speaking at our firm’s Breakfast Roundtable on March 19th at 8:30 a.m. in our Hartford office (sorry, no webinar just yet; it’s coming… Continue Reading