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Hacked! How to limit liability for employee data breaches


Imagine this nightmare scenario: You’ve contracted with a vendor to enter personnel data into a new computer system, including employees’ Social Security numbers, addresses, names of dependents, health records and bank account routing numbers. Then the vendor notifies you that employee data was somehow stolen or lost. What do you do?

Focus now on insurance renewal for 2013

For most employers, open enrollment for health insurance benefits in 2012 has come and gone. So now’s the time for comp and benefits professionals to start planning for the next health insurance renewal go-round. An early start will give you a fighting chance to keep costs under control in 2013.

Save on legal fees: The 7 most common law firm billing errors

If part of your job is dealing with outside attorneys and reviewing their invoices, know what kind of overcharges to look for. You can save the company money and prove your bottom-line impact to the top brass. Here are the seven most common errors to watch for.

Outsource staffing to save labor costs, maintain productivity

Even in an economy that’s running full-tilt, HR and management face pressure to spend less on labor. If you’re hearing a cost-control refrain from the C-Suite, it might be time to dust off alternative staffing models that helped you survive the Great Recession.

Just looking at the caller ID, you’re already dreading answering the phone. The person on the other end of the line is …

Ouch! Be glad you’re not a vendor—the people HR pros really don’t want to talk to.

If you needed legal advice on an employment law issue, what would you do?

When HR Weekly readers and users of www.theHRSpecialist.com need employment law advice, they don’t look for just any old lawyer.

37 ways to lower your health care costs

Average employer-paid health benefit costs have increased about 6% per year for the last five years. At least in the short term, the year-old health care reform law may make the problem even worse. All the more reason to act now to get your health care costs under control. One of the most effective ways: conducting a dependent audit to make sure the people you’re covering are actually eligible for insurance benefits.

New tax law delivers savings–and benefits changes–that affect HR

The contentious tax law signed by President Obama last week brings tax savings to workers nationwide—and contains several provisions that will affect HR. Here’s a round-up of various elements—from Social Security withholding to tuition reimbursement to on-site child care—that you’ll have to deal with when the law takes effect on Jan. 1.

Make 2011 the year of comp & benefits strategy

Much of your work as a compensation and benefits professional involves putting out fires and dealing with day-to-day tasks. But don’t let the details get you down! Start the new year by resolving to think strategically. Use this planning guide as a road map for 2011.

Abercrombie case highlights risk of electronic I-9 systems

Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch paid a $1.05 million fine to the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement last month after ICE cited numerous technology-related problems with the company’s electronic I-9 system.