Security

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    BYOD (bring your own device — did I really need to define it?), while not my favorite "BYO" acronym, is probably just as widely known as its Prohibition-era predecessor, BYOB. Having gone from movement to mainstay, BYOD has become a way of life for most companies. But many companies don't realize that allowing employees to use their...
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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 December, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a revised memorandum of understanding (MOU) for all E- Verify participants (employer agents, employers using employer agents, and Web services users). Current users will not have to execute a new MOU; however, they must abide by the new terms and conditions as of January 8, 2014...
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    Cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive sport features that are attractive to an increasingly mobile workforce. For example, they provide gigabytes of storage for free. Files in the cloud are accessible anywhere with an Internet connection. Changes to a file in a cloud account are synced across all devices that have...
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    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently automated the I-94 and I-94W process for all travelers applying for admission at U.S. ports of entry. Air and sea travelers no longer need to complete Form I-94 or Form I-94W. Nonimmigrant aliens can now print out their I-94 entry information at www.cbp.gov/I94, although the process hasn't gone...
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    Bring your own . . . device (BYOD)? A majority of businesses now allow employees to bring their own electronic devices to use at work. With the rapid evolution of technology, this policy has quickly become the go-to standard in most workplaces. However, commingling personal and professional usage, data, and ownership of electronic devices creates...
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    Up until the Video Music Awards a few weeks ago, I assumed that "twerking" was simply an abbreviation for "not working." (And I was wrong—I guess my need to connect pop culture with my job is starting to fail me.) While perhaps the only thing they have in common is the fact that they shouldn't be done in the workplace, both twerking and not...
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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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    A report recently released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that although U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations and headquarters memorandums provide guidance on the definition of "specialized knowledge," it's insufficient to ensure consistent application of L-1...
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    Last month, we discussed some recent cases that involved noncompete agreements between employers and employees. This month, we look at a related topic: the unauthorized disclosure of employer trade secrets. Often, employers will require employees to sign agreements restricting them from disclosing confidential business information such as...
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