Can you review I-9 documents remotely?

For each new hire, employers must verify employment eligibility by reviewing original documents in person with the employee. But what if that new hire lives and works hundreds of miles away?

Tell managers: Monitor your own email

By now, we all know the devastating effect leaked emails can have on the political process. An email that comes out in litigation can be just as devastating to an employer.

How to proactively protect your trade secrets

Don’t take employee discretion for granted! You need a confidentiality policy to protect trade secrets and other proprietary information from leaving your organization.

4 steps for implementing a litigation hold

Smart employers follow a regular policy of computer-file purging to keep the organization’s network free of unnecessary data. But what if your organization thinks it may be a lawsuit target?

Under what circumstances can we demand alcohol testing? We suspect employee is impaired

Q. We have been finding empty beer cans just outside our facility on a regular basis. We suspect one employee in particular since he often has slurred speech and stumbles around. We understand alcoholism is a disability, but we are fearful that he will get hurt because he is impaired. Should we ask him to submit to alcohol testing?”

Protect customer data from tempted employees

Con artists and hackers aren't the only threats to your customers' credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and other financial data.

Video surveillance: Pick spots with care

In most cases, it’s perfectly legal to set up surveillance cameras to keep an eye on your employees. However, be sure to do it the right way.

Why employees steal, and how to handle it

It can be as small as office supplies or as big as an embezzlement scheme, but your employees are likely stealing something from your company.

Getting to know GINA

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 was founded on the concern that advancements in the field of genetics could lead to the misuse of genetic information to discriminate against people in employment and health insurance.

Audio recording at work may violate NLRA


The National Labor Relations Board has issued a new ruling that only solidifies its activist posture of the last few years.

Worker takes patient records, university pays HIPAA fine

Lest there be any doubt that employers are ultimately responsible for keeping confidential information under wraps, consider the case of the University of Rochester Medical Center. It is now paying for a security breach that was entirely preventable.

Attendance, biometric scanning and employee privacy

Many employers now track attendance using biometric scanners that require an employee to clock in and out by scanning a fingerprint or a palmprint. New York employers should note a statute that limits the collection of biometric data.

Learn state laws on social media, employee privacy

A new online resource from the Seyfarth Shaw law firm offers a state-by-state description of established and new laws designed to protect employees’ privacy rights on social media.

What should we do? We're worried that one of our company laptops may contain child porn

Q. Our HR team has been advised that one of our employees has been arrested for possessing child pornography. This employee has a company laptop computer that is in our worksite. What, if anything, should we be doing with this computer?

Personal data on business systems: The high cost of curiosity

The intermingling of personal and business computing is creating traps for employers. What are you allowed to see, alter, delete ... and take?
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