Oct 292014

Antoinette Konz reports: Some Jefferson County teachers are upset after their names were included without their knowledge in a political advertisement sent to approximately 50,000 voters by the Jefferson County Teachers Association. The advertisement – mailed by Better Schools Kentucky, the union’s political action committee – uses the name of 14 award winning teachers in Jefferson [...]

Oct 292014

Thomas Ahearn summarizes a law that went into effect in New Hampshire on September 30: House Bill 1407 (HB 1407) – prohibits employers in the state from requiring employees or job applicants to disclose social media or electronic mail passwords. The final version of HB 1407 is available at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1407.html. Signed by New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, [...]

Oct 212014

William Hamilton reports: Jason R. Baron used his keynote address at the LawTech Euro Conference 2014 in Prague today to call for greater data use transparency from U.S. businesses. Addressing 500+ attendees, Baron asserted that the compelling business need to deploy powerful predictive analytics to effectively accomplish information governance requires a corresponding informed consent from employees. Baron, of [...]

Oct 192014

Joseph J. Lazzarotti writes: We addressed the dangers of “snooping” into patient records by hospital workers spurred by incidents of Ebola and Enterovirus D-86 in the U.S. Of course, the workplace challenges created by Ebola, Enterovirus D-86 and other contagious diseases and illnesses in the workplace go far beyond snooping, and far beyond healthcare employers. Employers in all industries are facing [...]

Oct 142014

The ACLU of Northern California wants voters to vote NO on Proposition 46, the Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Cap and Drug Testing of Doctors initiative. The initiative would require physicians to submit to random, suspicionless drug testing, which is an unwarranted intrusion into their right to privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment and the California Constitution. [...]

Sep 252014

Michael R. Bertoncini writes: In order to be a “protected computer” within the meaning of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (the “CFAA”), the computer must be used in interstate commerce at the time of the allegedly unauthorized access of the computer, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts held.  Pine Env. Servs., [...]