Mar 112014
 

From the FTC: Hiring decisions are among the most important choices for any employer, but the process can be complex. For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have co-published two short guides on employment background checks that explain the rights and responsibilities of the people on [...]

Mar 062014
 

Venkat Balasubramani and Eric Goldman comment on Maremont v Susan Fredman Design: We’ve blogged about the dispute between Maremont and Susan Fredman Design Group before. Maremont was employed as SFDG’s social media consultant, and when she was injured in a severe accident, SFDG allegedly continued to access (1) a Twitter account registered to Maremont’s name [...]

Mar 052014
 

Joseph W. Ambash writes: With major defense, technology and financial services industries, Massachusetts has lots of secrets to keep. The state led the country in technology licenses in 2012. Between 2008 and 2012, patents granted to Massachusetts companies and individuals rose 37 percent — a rate second only to California. As criminal enterprises become more [...]

Feb 272014
 

Charles S. Clark reports: A once-secret move by the Food and Drug Administration to monitor the computer screens and keystrokes of five scientists suspected of press leaks in 2010 was blasted on Wednesday as a “Big Brother” tactic out of George Orwell’s 1984 and a damaging disservice to agency whistleblowers. A joint report from Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and [...]

Feb 122014
 

Jason C. Gavejian writes: A New Jersey Appellate Court recently ruled that an employee who removes or copies her employer’s documents for use in her whistleblower or discrimination case may be prosecuted criminally for stealing.  In State v. Saavedra, the employee had taken highly confidential original documents owned by her employer, contending that she did so [...]

Feb 052014
 

Meghan Cowan reports: A recent decision dealing with the collection, use and disclosure of employees’ personal information provides a noteworthy lesson for employers when managing sensitive employee medical information. In a December 2013 decision of the Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner, an employee made a complaint under Alberta’s privacy legislation, the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), alleging [...]

Jan 162014
 

 B.C.’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham invites public submissions on her investigation into the use of police information checks. Interested citizens or groups are welcome to answer the questions the Commissioner has posed in this consultation letter. In addition, or alternatively, the public can provide our Office whatever views they may have on the [...]