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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

Phishing Scam Targets HR Professionals By Seeking W-2s

Posted in Data Privacy, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

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 an HR professional, you get an e-mail from your boss (or your boss’s boss) that seems legitimate…and… Continue Reading

Maybe That Lawsuit Brought By Your Employee Isn’t So Frivolous

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

In yesterday’s post, I talked about some of the reasons why an employee’s lawsuit against his or her employer was destined for failure. But employers, I’m afraid you’re not off the hook that easily. This post is for any employer that just got sued or threatened with suit. Maybe that lawsuit isn’t so frivolous after all…. Continue Reading

Can You Keep a Secret in Human Resources?

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

Earlier this month, The New York Times ran another column in its Workalogist series that asked the following question: Are conversations with a human resources department confidential? I’m contemplating retirement in about three years and would like to gather benefit information from human resources now — but I do not want my supervisor to know…. Continue Reading

Trusting Human Resources: A Fantasy or a Necessity?

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

A few weeks back, one to the best bloggers you may not be reading — Robin Shea — posted about the scathing press that Amazon had been receiving about its workplace and posed this question: Can Employees Trust Human Resources? It’s not a trick question. As Robin deftly points out: Part of the problem, I think,… Continue Reading

Four Things To Do Now BEFORE An Employee Data Breach

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

With the headlines coming out seemingly daily about data breaches at companies, there’s a tendency to feel a bit overwhelmed with the problem. And while a data breach regarding your employees is something that may not be as imminent as one involving credit cards, it still represents a major threat to your business. This week,… Continue Reading

The Five Questions You Can’t Ask At A Job Interview

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

Six years ago, posts about layoffs were in vogue.  But it’s been a long while since we focused on posts about hiring. With the economy generally stable (or shall we dare say improving?), it seems appropriate to talk about job interview questions. There are lots of posts about the “best” job interview questions you can pose… 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

Save the Date: “Raiders of the Data Ark” Is a Blockbuster Coming Soon

Posted in Data Privacy, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

First off, I should let you know that I am a poor substitute for Harrison Ford. But, don’t let that dissuade you from saving October 16th as the date for a terrific conference that I’m helping to plan.  The title is “Raiders of the Data Ark” and the subject is “2014 Data Privacy & Cyber… 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

A Small Bite Here, A Nibble There, Workplace Violence Lessons Everywhere

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

It’s a big day today.  The U.S. plays Belgium in the World Cup this afternoon. We’ve already covered it twice from a workplace morale and absence perspective, so we thought it appropriate to revisit perhaps the most notorious incident of the World Cup so far: A Workplace Violence Incident. My colleague, Chris Engler, gives us… Continue Reading

Ten (+4 More) People to Follow on Twitter for Labor and Employment Law

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

Since the last time I published a list of labor & employment law lawyers to follow back in 2012, there are just a bunch of you out there now using Twitter. (And I presume you’re already following me @danielschwartz, right?) So, it’s probably time to update my list of labor & employment law-related people to… Continue Reading

What Can Employers Learn From 2013 for 2014

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

January is almost over, which probably seems a little strange to be talking about what happened in 2013. But as someone who majored in history in college, I’m a firm believer that you can learn a lot by studying the past — even the recent one. Which is why I’m excited about tomorrow’s presentation that… Continue Reading

Going Mobile: Lessons in Employment Law For HR

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Wage & Hour

This afternoon, I’m speaking at Workforce HR’s Techweek Conference on “Going Mobile”.  It’s not too late to join us here as it is an online conference. Oh, and did I mention that it’s FREE.  There, got your attention. One of the topics that I’ll be talking on is the legal risks involved with “going mobile”… Continue Reading

What a Trick: Storm Wallops Connecticut

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Wow. Two days after a freak October snowstorm hit the state, nearly 750,000 households are still without power. In towns all across Connecticut (and where I live), there is literally NO power to the entire town. Where I live, school is likely to be canceled for the whole week and power isn’t expected to return… Continue Reading

New Book Published: Think Before You Click

Posted in Highlight, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Social Media

Despite authoring this blog, I must confess that I always thought it would be neat if I could author a book. I’m pleased to announce that I can check one thing off my bucket list, at least in part. I can now announce the publication (finally) of ” Think Before You Click: Strategies for Managing… Continue Reading

Save the Date of May 20, 2011: The Very Latest on Employment Law for In-House Counsel & HR Professionals

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

I’m pleased to announce that my firm’s employment law department will be presenting a morning/lunch program on May 20, 2011 in Hartford, Connecticut that is geared to both in-house counsel and HR professionals.   It will also feature representatives of local companies and state officials.   It is now set for May 20th and will… Continue Reading

When Your Manager Has Been Accused of Sexual Harassment

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

Consider this scenario. An administrative assistant who’s been working solidly for the company for two years comes to you, as an HR manager, and says she’s been harassed by a manager over her looks.  You need to talk with manager about the allegations. What do you do?  That’s the scenario posed in a recent article posted… Continue Reading

LOST and Employment Law: Live Together or Die Alone

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Over two (!) years ago, I posted on how you could learn various employment law lessons from television shows such as Lost or The Office.  Among the lessons at the time: Make Alliances, Follow your Instincts and Find Success as a Team. Another theme that the show continually relied upon: If you can’t live together, you’ll die alone.  It’s… Continue Reading

From the CBIA HR Conference: What Happens On Facebook May Not Stay on Facebook

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

We had a great turnout and reaction to the presentation yesterday at the CBIA Human Resources Conference in Rocky Hill. My thanks to all who sat in our packed room and the great questions that everyone asked. A few observations from the conference: The lines between work and personal activities continue to get blurred and… Continue Reading

CBIA HR Conference – Social Media for Employers

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Along with Brent Robertson from Fathom, I’ll be speaking at tomorrow’s annual CBIA Human Resources Conference in Rocky Hill.   The topic: Social Media — Use and Misuse. You can download the brochure here and register here.  There are lots of other good programs on the agenda as well.    For those that follow the blog, the themes… Continue Reading

Creating Guidelines for Employees to Engage in Social Media

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

I was honored to speak today at a presentation for CBIA entitled "Social Media for Business". We had a packed crowd today and it was a great opportunity to hear from others in Connecticut who are really using social media to enhance their business and build their reputation as a thought leader. We used Twitter today… Continue Reading

Ten Employment Law Twitterers for Employers (and Their Attorneys) to Follow

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

When someone like Oprah Winfrey signs up for a service like Twitter, you know the service is starting to get mainstream.  Still thinking that Twitter is for techies or your kids? Think again.  Lawyers, HR Professionals, and media outlets are all on there. (There’s a great list of 20 Twitterers that lawyers should follow and… Continue Reading

Four Employment Law and HR Lessons From “Star Trek”

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

As employment law and HR professionals, our mission always seem to require us exploring strange new worlds (perhaps a study of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act?).   We also seek out new life and new civilizations (the new ADA law does seems to be written in foreign language at times now that you mention it). … Continue Reading