Privacy

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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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    Federal, state, and local laws provide a basic source of protection against invasion of privacy by private parties, including employers. Additionally, privacy laws may limit privacy rights that would otherwise exist under common law or other statutes. It's important to remember that such laws vary greatly from state to state. Searches...

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    Fierce competition epitomizes today's global business environment. Companies strive to maintain every possible competitive advantage over their competitors. Similarly, they seek to ensure the maximum return from their investments -- whether in new products, new customers, or employee training. The loss of any of those advantages, no matter how...

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    By John Hickman and Johann Lee Alston & Bird, LLP Since November 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has been conducting audits of covered entities for compliance with the privacy and security requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability...
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    Reference checks, job postings, resumes, testing data, applications, disciplinary documentation, medical files, wage & hour records... What should be kept in an employee's regular personnel file? What should be kept in separate files? When can records be purged? Learn how recent changes in Washington, D.C. have changed the rules for...
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    Employee health care costs on average more than $9,000 per worker, according to the 2008 Towers Perrin Health Care Survey. To deal with these exorbitant costs, employers are turning to on-site medical clinics. And they're reaping the benefits... On-site clinics can save American businesses between $1.5 and $2 million annually, according to a...
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    Does your office look like the company's storage bin? Is your desk buried under a mountain of job postings, applications, health information, immigration documents, payroll records, and growing stacks of government-required documentation? Use caution before you satisfy your urge to purge. Documentation can make or break your case in an...
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    The decision to give or receive a reference is fraught with legal danger, from defamation and retaliation claims to possible fraud or negligent referral litigation. What are your choices when it comes to references? How can you deal with referrals without landing your organization in legal hot water? Get the answers to all your reference...
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    The Internet is the most popular source for recruiting and screening according to a 2007 SHRM survey. In fact, more than 21% of survey respondents claimed to have eliminated a job candidate based on information discovered from a search engine. But before you run applicant names through Google and MySpace, be aware that anyone can create...
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    In Montana, employee privacy rights depend on whether the employee works for a government entity. From two recent cases (the first of which was a decision on rehearing), it appears that public employees have less protection than those working for a private company. Expectation of privacy Jeffrey Brian Ziegler...
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