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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

Well Well: Court Sides with Employer in Latest Wellness Program Battle (Part 1)

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Litigation

My colleague Marc Herman returns today to bring back the story of wellness programs and whether they will continue to pass legal muster. In the first post of a two-parter, Marc updates us on some litigation. Read on.   Here’s one for you:  Did you hear the one about the employee that turned down the opportunity… Continue Reading

How to Avoid Discrimination in Hiring, While Complying with Export Laws

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

My colleagues, Ashley Mendoza and Alfredo Fernandez, return today for a guest post today that shows that employment law issues can sometimes present themselves in different formats.  My thanks to the both of them in presenting a fairly advanced topic in a form that will hopefully be of interest to a few of you out… Continue Reading

Data Privacy Continues to be a Hot Topic in HR

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

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to the Corporate Compliance Forum for the Connecticut Community Providers Association. My thanks to Gayle Wintjen, General Counsel of Oak Hill, for the invitation to speak. The topic was a familiar one to this blog — Data Privacy.  In the session, we tackled the new Connecticut law… 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

“Pay Secrecy” Bill Goes Above and Beyond Other Proposals

Posted in Class Actions, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

As I said before, the notion that this might be a quiet year for employment law legislation at the Connecticut General Assembly has long since left the train station. Indeed, we’ve appear to be swinging completely in the opposite direction. Anything and everything appears up discussion and possible passage this year — including items that really stood… 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

An Early Look at the Legislative Session: “Low Wage Employers”, Unemployment Discrimination

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments

The snow may have stalled work in the state for a few days, but the Connecticut General Assembly is now in full swing with bills now being discussed and debated. So far, the list of bills filed before the Labor & Public Employee Committee is small but that is expected to grow soon with bills on… Continue Reading

Snap(chat), Kik & Whisper: What Social Networking Apps Your Employees Are Using Today

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

It may be hard to remember, but during the first year of the blog in mid-2007 to 2008, there was barely a mention of social media and its impact in the workplace.  Just a single reference in January 2008 noting that with sites like Myspace (!), “employees from around the country can share information instantly, making it… Continue Reading

Workplace Issues Now Grow on “Vines”; Why Employers Need a Policy More Than Ever

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

As I said in an earlier post, I’ll be speaking about Social Media and the Workplace, as part of WESFACCA’s “Day of Privacy” presentation later this week.  One of items I hope to touch on is the fact that with the proliferation of apps and social media, it is growing increasingly difficult for employers to catch up…. Continue Reading

WESFACCA’s “A Day of Privacy”: Social Media & The Workplace

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

On Thursday, April 18th, the Westchester/Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (known as “WESFACCA”) holds an event that you’re not going to want to miss. Entitled “KEEP IT SECRET. KEEP IT SAFE. Privacy Developments, Requirements and Practical Applications for Corporate Legal Counsel”, the day-long program in Darien, Connecticut, will focus on things… Continue Reading

Facebook Password “Privacy” Bill Is An Answer In Search of a Problem

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Social Media

The Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor & Public Employee Committee today is considering drafting a proposed bill “to prevent current or potential employers from requesting or requiring that employees or potential employees provide passwords to their personal accounts as a condition of their employment.” I won’t mince words. Proposed Senate Bill 159 is a bad idea.  It’s a solution in search of… 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

Employers Checking Employee E-mail: The Split Continues

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Last year, employers were taken aback when a New Jersey court ruled that an employee did have some expectation of privacy of e-mails she sent to her attorney using work computers.  The case, Stengart v. Loving Care Agency became one of the most talked about cases of the year.  Last week, a California court came… Continue Reading

Will Facebook’s New Download Feature Change E-Discovery on Social Networks?

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

In my post earlier today, I noted that courts have been all over the map on whether someone’s Facebook page info was discoverable.  This afternoon, Facebook announced a new feature that will allow individuals to download all of their own data onto their computers (or into a file.) According to TechCrunch: Facebook Product Manager David Recordon… Continue Reading

Breaking: U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Two-Member NLRB Decisions Are Improper; Public Employer Can View Employee Text Messages

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws and Regulations, Litigation, Wage & Hour

The U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two important labor & employment law cases this morning. Because the cases are limited to some labor law issues and public employers, the impact on private employers may not be immediately felt. But the decisions are notable nonetheless. First, the court issued a 5-4 decision in New Process… Continue Reading

Quick Hits: Unpaid Interns, Employee E-mail Privacy, LinkedIn Recommendations, Advice from the “Enemy”, Retaliation, The “Restroom Issue”

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

With my work on the Law & Technology Symposium for the Connecticut Bar Foundation last week, there are several employment law topics that I haven’t had time to discuss in full. While I’ve shared some of these links via my Twitter feed (which you can find at, I thought I would recap some of… Continue Reading

Do You Really Want To Take on the 350 Million Pound Gorilla in the Room?

Posted in Litigation

So, you’re an employer and you’ve just been sued for disability discrimination.   Allegedly, you fired an employee who was out of work without a legitimate reason.  You had heard grumblings that the worker had actually taken a four-day weekend in Vail but never had definitive proof, so you just relied on the no-call/no-show policy to… 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

Protecting the Confidentiality of Social Security Numbers – New Requirements for Employers and Businesses

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

UPDATED 12/8/08 to correct cap on penalty amount to $500,000 With all the focus this year on minimum wage, 15-year-olds in the workplace, and the like, other less-publicized bills in Connecticut still haven’t received much attention. In an earlier post, I noted that I would update readers on them when the dust settles.  One of… Continue Reading

Lactation in the Workplace – What Happens in Connecticut?

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Over the last few days, the mainstream press and blogosphere have been abuzz over the  Harvard Medical School student and new mother who asked for extra time during her licensing exam to express her breast milk.  Ultimately, a Massachusetts court denied Sophie Currier’s request of the National Board of Medical Examiners for the time.  The… Continue Reading