Tag Archives: confidentiality

Employers Need To Deny This Employee Request: “Please Don’t Tell Anyone, But My Supervisor . . .”

Ver la versión en español aquí HR folks – Have you ever had an employee tell you that he or she is being unlawfully harassed by a co-worker, but then begged you to keep the complaint confidential? Most often, employees ask their employers not to investigate their concerns because of embarrassment or fear of retribution.  … Continue Reading

Tax Reform: Confidential Sexual Harassment Settlements Come With a Price

Ver la versión en español aquí The recently passed tax act promises to have wide ranging impacts on businesses which go beyond the accounting department. There have been attempts by other agencies such as the SEC, EEOC, DOL and NLRB to limit the confidentiality of settlements.  The new tax act follows suit by including a provision … Continue Reading

Did a Florida Appellate Court Just “Dis” an Employment Agreement’s Arbitration Provision?

Ver la versión en español aquí Is it prudent for employers to require employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements? There is no right or wrong answer to that question . . . just a long list of pros and cons.  Proponents of mandatory arbitration often focus on factors such as confidentiality, the ability to remove … Continue Reading

Emails – An Essential Tool That Can Make You Look Like a Fool

Ver la versión en español aquí Politics aside, the emails which the President’s son recently published serve as a reminder that email is a very powerful tool – one that can be both beneficial and detrimental.  The President’s son has admitted that, in hindsight, he should have handled the situation differently.  He’s probably referring both … Continue Reading

Cyberattack: All Eyes on HR

Ransomware attacks are on the rise. Tuesday, a massive ransomware attack hit global businesses around the world. Last month, the worldwide cyberattack WannaCry affected more than 300,000 computers in over 150 countries. These are just the latest in a string of cybersecurity incidents that have threatened not only the confidentiality of company information, but the … Continue Reading

Theft of Confidential Information: Pfizer’s Wiser, Are You?

Ver la versión en español aquí Did she really think she’d get away with misappropriating 600 files from her former employer by surreptitiously downloading them onto a USB drive?  That’s what a former global marketing executive for Pfizer recently did just before she resigned.  Oh, and she apparently also sent to her personal email account … Continue Reading

Class Action Waivers: Will The Supreme Court Successfully Realign the Litigation Galaxy?

Ver la versión en español aquí Finally. The wait is almost over. The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether an employer may enforce a mandatory arbitration agreement that contains a class action or collective action waiver. Last Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear 3 cases stemming from the NLRB’s 2012 decision in D.R. Horton, … Continue Reading

Employment is Now-But is a Separation Agreement Still Forever?

Ver la versión en español aquí It’s time!  An employee needs to go.   The departure needs to be a clean break with no threat of future litigation.   A severance pay agreement, in exchange for a promise to never bring a claim against the company or speak ill of the company, looks like a good idea. … Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About a New Federal Law to Protect Trade Secrets

Ver la versión en español aquí And people say Congress and the White House can’t agree on anything. Last week, by a vote of 410-2, the US House of Representatives passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act.  The Act will become law.  It has already been unanimously approved by the Senate and President Obama has indicated he will … Continue Reading

The “Accidental” Termination?

Ver la versión en español aquí Rumors of more potential layoffs have been circulating for quite some time at the once internet giant, Yahoo. Despite reductions in its workforce by 14% in 2014, Yahoo’s economic woes continue.  So, it was not necessarily a surprise when approximately 30 employees were laid off in late January even … Continue Reading

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It! New FMLA Forms are Here!

Ver la versión en español aquí I have good news for you! The U.S. Department of Labor has finally released revised notices and forms for use with employee leaves under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  More good news: the new docs have a new expiration date – May 31, 2018.   The revised notices/forms include … Continue Reading

Who Doesn’t Like Non-Competes?

Ver la versión en español aquí Clients sometimes ask, “Which employees should sign non-competition agreements?”   The answer from a growing number of employers seems to be “Everyone” and from employees it seems to be “No One”.  Recent news reports have commented on large retailers requiring that temporary or seasonal workers, stock room clerks and delivery … Continue Reading

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy – 10 Tips for Protecting Your Business

Ver la versión en español aquí Do you allow employees to access company data using their personal portable electronic devices instead of company-issued devices? For example, do employees use their smart phones to contact customers and store customer contact information, preferences, etc., on their phones? When these employees quit or are terminated, have you implemented … Continue Reading

New Florida Law on Data Security Breaches

Ver la versión en español aquí The Florida Information Protection Act went into effect on July 1. The law imposes notification requirements on any business that acquires, maintains, stores or uses personal information when that business suffers a breach of security, i.e., unauthorized access of data in electronic form containing personal information. The statute’s definition … Continue Reading

Effective Use of Non-Compete Agreements

As recently reported by The New York Times, non-compete agreements are popping-up in a wide array of businesses to protect varied business interests. As businesses have come to recognize, non-competes are not limited to protection against disclosure of a “top secret” formula, process, or technological invention.  A properly drafted non-compete agreement may have much wider … Continue Reading

Prying Eyes: Reading a Former Employee’s Personal Email Gets Verizon Sued

An Ohio Federal District Court recently ruled that Verizon Wireless could be sued for reading a former employee’s personal emails on a company-issued device. During her employment, Verizon issued Sandi Lazetle a Blackberry which she used for company email.  According to Sandi, she was told that she also could use the Blackberry for personal email, … Continue Reading

Back Door Into Employee’s Facebook Wall is a No-No

A New Jersey federal court ruled this week that “private” Facebook wall posts are covered by the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”).  The SCA is a federal law that, among other things, prohibits unauthorized access of communications stored on the internet. Deborah Ehling, a former Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corp. nurse, posted comments on her Facebook wall … Continue Reading

Reminder: The Deadline to File Your EEO-1 Report is Just Around the Corner

The next filing deadline for EEO-1 Reports is Monday, September 20, 2013.  The “EEO-1 Report” is the Employer Information Report that certain employers are required to annually file with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The form asks the employer to provide a count of its current employees by job category and then by … Continue Reading

Manna From Heaven? – NLRB Has Provided Confidentiality Language That Complies With the Law

Employers, union and non-union alike, have been spinning their wheels every time the NLRB comes out with a new case, general counsel memorandum or advice memorandum slamming a generally accepted employment policy.  This past year, we have seen the NLRB take on social media policies, collective action waivers, at-will disclaimers and confidentiality rules.  This time, … Continue Reading

Make Sure Your Recruiters Know What NOT to Say to Employees

Whether you have in-house or outside recruiters, make clear what they can and cannot say to your employees.  On March 11, 2013, an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) for the National Labor Relations Board made the recommendation that Aerotek, Inc., an employee staffing company, violated the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) when its recruiters told employees … Continue Reading
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