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Lessons learned from the Facebook whistleblower case

Frances Haugen, a former-Facebook-employee-turned-whistleblower, stole a trove of confidential documents on her way out the door. She turned them over to the Securities and Exchange Commission, appeared on “60 Minutes” to air allegations that Facebook hid damning user research and then testified about it before a Senate committee. Is any of that legal?

Snapshot: What identity-theft protection benefits should cover

Demand for benefits protecting employees from identity theft has soared in the last year. Here’s what employers say they want such a plan to provide.

Snapshot: Vaccine status: Transparency vs. privacy

Most employees want to know if co-workers have had covid shots … but don’t want to share if they themselves have been vaccinated.

Employees’ biometric data in the workplace: the legal do’s and don’ts

Fingerprint scans for time cards … temperature screening for COVID … retina scans for security access. These increasingly common examples of biometric data also carry risks that employers should learn to mitigate.

HR can help prevent ransomware hacks

The cost of recovering from a ransomware attack has more than doubled in the last year, according to leading cybersecurity provider Sophos. HR is one of many functions that have a role to play in anticipating and preventing ransomware hacks.

Do you use one of these passwords to secure data?

HR professionals use “shockingly weak” passwords to unlock their online accounts, according to research by NordPass, which publishes password management software.

Exit checklist: When teleworkers terminate

You probably have a plan in place dictating what happens when an employee quits. But with so many employees working remotely, traditional exit interviews and the accompanying rituals may slip through the cracks. Here’s how to safeguard your intellectual and real property in a work-from-home world.

DOL guidance addresses retirement plan cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued new guidance for retirement plan sponsors on best practices for maintaining cybersecurity, including tips on how to protect employees’ retirement benefits.

Can you ask workers if they’ve been vaccinated?

The EEOC says employers can legally ask workers about their COVID vaccination status—and require proof—without sparking liability under federal employment laws like the ADA or Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act GINA. But you need to be careful with any follow-up questions.

10 tips to keep cybersecurity nightmares at bay

There’s an ongoing need to strengthen computing practices and stay vigilant against cyber attacks—up 600% due to COVID-19 (now aptly referred to as the “cyberdemic”). Emails and passwords are especially prime targets for hackers. Use these tips to stay safe.