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Dobbs follow-up: First court decision addresses HIPAA’s privacy provisions

A federal court weighs in on employee privacy concerns in the wake of new state medical reporting rules.

New Calif. law could signal HR privacy trend

Protecting employee privacy has always been a priority for HR professionals, but a just-enacted California law has upped the ante on safeguarding employees’ personal data. The California Privacy Rights Act may become a model for legislation in other states.

Revisit covid testing in light of EEOC moves

Now that the coronavirus pandemic is well into its third year, it may be time for employers to revisit their policies and practices on testing employees for covid-19 infections. New legal roadblocks to testing have emerged and new EEOC guidance has made compliance more difficult.

Monitoring remote workers can backfire

Managers trying to electronically monitor their remote employees might want to rethink their snooping strategy. Even as online searches for “how to monitor employees working from home” have increased dramatically since the pandemic began, being Big Brother can backfire.

Take these basic steps to protect against cyber-attacks

As the war in Ukraine continues, the White House is warning Americans about the danger of Russian-sponsored cyber-attacks designed to disrupt business in the United States. Follow these steps to ensure you’re protected against Russian cyber-sabotage.

Shields up! Feds warn of Russian cyberattacks

As the world tightens its economic grip on Russia in response to the Ukraine invasion, tech experts are citing heavier-than-usual cyberattacks on small and mid-sized U.S. businesses that are originating in Russia and China.

States move to protect employee privacy

For years, privacy advocates have worried that technology may give employers too much access to information employees consider personal. A general expectation of privacy isn’t always reasonable in a public setting like work, but states have begun erecting barriers that limit how much employers can seek to know about their employees’ activities.

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.