Identity Theft

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    A company obviously must take adequate steps to protect the confidential information of its customers. But exactly when and how does ID theft become a concern for HR personnel? Consider just how much personal information about your company’s employees is in any given filing cabinet or electronic database. Personnel files and...

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    Identity theft is a growing concern. Safeguarding employees' Social Security numbers (SSNs) is not only a good employment practice; it's mandated under Michigan law. Here's a brief overview of the requirements of the Michigan Social Security Number Privacy Act. Requirements of the Act The Michigan Social Security Number Privacy Act applies to...
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    In April 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rolled out a revised worksite enforcement strategy. It was a major departure from earlier strategies involving rounding up undocumented workers in favor of criminal prosecutions of employers. A recent Phoenix case gave ICE a chance to scrub up its investigatory tactics and put a shine...
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    Employment handbooks can protect your business from potential liability. It's important to periodically review your handbook to make sure your policies are in line with changes in the law. A yearly review is advisable. Newer developments If you haven't reviewed your policies in many years, your handbook could be deficient in the following...
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    The University of Delaware recently announced that confidential employee data was compromised. The breach was sizable—the university estimates that the names, addresses, and Social Security numbers of more than 72,000 current and former employees may have been stolen. Data breaches happen, especially in the age of electronic personnel files....
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    The Arizona Republic recently reported that the burglary of a doctor's office resulted in the loss of a computer server that contained the personal financial and medical information of 4,800 patients. That data included, among other things, medical records, addresses, phone numbers, and Social Security numbers. The doctor described the ordeal as a...
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    As we mentioned earlier this year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) expected to receive enough H-1B visa petitions to exceed the annual quota, as always happens. But this year, it did so much sooner than in the recent past. USCIS announced on April 5 that it had reached both the regular cap of H-1B petitions and the separate...
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    Reports out of the nation's capital indicate the time finally may be right for comprehensive immigration reform. The word "comprehensive" encompasses a lot of issues, including border security and what some call a "pathway to citizenship" and others call "amnesty." Everyone describing the scope of comprehensive immigration reform seems to...
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    State files action against two workers' comp insurers. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) has begun administrative enforcement action against two insurers, Zurich American Insurance Company and Zurich American Insurance Company of Illinois, for using a type of workers' compensation insurance agreement known as a "large deductible...
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    We have previously reported on cases in which a terminated employee makes numerous allegations in a lawsuit and her employer must expend a substantial amount of time and money to refute those claims. Let's take a look at yet another case in which a terminated employee got quite creative with the issues she raised before the federal...
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