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Stolen Laptops Lead to $2 Million Fine To Settle HIPAA Violations

Lost or stolen unencrypted mobile devices — commonly laptops — are the primary cause of major healthcare data breaches. This unfortunate trend persists, despite warnings from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to healthcare providers and covered entities to encrypt electronic protected health information (ePHI) and avoid violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Court Strikes Portions of Conflict Minerals Rule, But June 2 Filing Deadline Stands

A federal appeals court this week denied an emergency request by business groups to delay the June 2 deadline requiring companies to file a conflict-minerals disclosure report (Form SD) if their products contain minerals from conflict-ridden Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

SEC Continues Aggressive Insider Trading Enforcement

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced a settlement agreement to resolve insider-trading charges against a former pharmaceutical executive, an emergency-room physician and one of his patients.

Telecommuting May Be a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA

Modern technology has dramatically changed the way we do business both in and out of the office. While regular attendance can be an essential function of many jobs, telecommuting is a viable option for others. In fact, there may be times when an employer may want to consider — or even be required to provide — a work-at-home situation for an employee with a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Tips for Handling the Heartbleed Bug

Last month, the world learned of the discovery of the "Heartbleed" bug, a software glitch leaving approximately two-thirds of the world's Internet servers vulnerable to potential hackers. This revelation sent online service providers (ISPs) and tech companies scrambling to evaluate and apply additional data security measures to protect online information.

NLRB to Employers: You Can’t Prohibit Negativity and Gossip

Despite good intentions, sometimes policies designed to improve employee morale and customer service turn out to be unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act (the Act).

DOJ Wins First Antitrust Extradition of Foreign National

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division recently demonstrated its commitment to holding executives accountable for antitrust violations, regardless of their nationality or location. On April 4, 2014, DOJ announced its first-ever extradition of a foreign national to the U.S. to face criminal charges of participating in a worldwide bid-rigging conspiracy.

Are Employers Required to Accommodate Theft under the ADA?

Reasonable accommodation of employee misconduct is not a new issue. But an unusual twist in a recent court ruling may require employers to accommodate employee theft under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

FCPA Enforcement Continues To Focus on Internal Controls

Several recent multi-million dollar settlements with companies to resolve bribery violations illustrate how the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is keeping its focus on internal controls and the accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to police behavior and levy heavy fines and penalties. Using its authority to enforce regulations concerning company books, records and other "internal controls" means companies may find themselves in trouble not only for criminal conduct — such paying bribes — but for failing to detect illegal activity of their employees and foreign subsidiaries.

White House Issues Guidance for Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus

The White House is urging colleges and universities to take a more proactive approach to protecting students from sexual assault and recently announced new actions and guidelines in the first report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

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