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Study Finds Companies May Do Too Much For Data Breach Victims

A recent study at the University of Arkansas suggests that organizations should avoid doing too much for individuals affected by a data breach. That is, when organizations provide compensation to breach victims that exceeds the victims’ expectations it could backfire. Those victims may become suspicious, thinking the organization has something to hide, which could have an adverse impact on the victims’ willingness to continue doing business with the organization.

Sharing Economy Companies All Smiles After Trump’s Transpo Pick

Yesterday’s news that President-elect Trump (it still feels weird to write that, I gotta admit) selected Elaine Chao as his Secretary of Transportation was well-received in the sharing economy. Rideshare giants Uber and Lyft both indicated in press reports that they welcomed the appointment and looked forward to working with Chao. A deeper look tells us why.

CFPB Final Regulations Impact Employer Paycard Programs

Under final regulations issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) pertaining to prepaid debit and credit cards, employers that pay wages using paycards will be required to provide employees with additional disclosures as of October 1, 2017.

Surviving The Holiday Party Season: An Employer’s Quick Reference Guide

As 2016 winds down, we are entering into the prime season for holiday gatherings. Based on a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management, approximately 65% of employers plan to host a holiday or end-of-year party. Although these parties can be a lot of fun, they can be hotbeds for potential employer liability. So, what can you do to reduce the potential for mishaps?

Long-Term Care Facilities: Recent Developments on Use of Arbitration Agreements

Three cases making their way through the courts demonstrate that the question of arbitration clauses in long-term care (LTC) facility admission agreements is an active and developing area of the law.

FTC Joins Other Agencies In Warning Organizations About Ransomware

Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) blogged about How to defend against ransomware, and published Ransomware – A Closer Look in the “Tips and Advice” section of its website. This follows warnings from other federal agencies and law enforcement concerning this serious online threat to organizations, such as Dept. of Health and Human Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The ROI of Talent Management: Tying the Intangible to the Tangible

The human resource function has long been considered to be somewhat “soft” in terms of being able to apply hard data to prove the value of recruitment and retention activities. From the standpoint of HR pros, they simply “know” that treating prospects well, onboarding effectively and taking steps to meet the work/life balance expectations of employees are good things to do.

USERRA No Bar to Enforcing Employment Arbitration Agreement, Federal Appeals Court Rules

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) does not prohibit compelling a former employee to arbitrate his USERRA claims under an arbitration agreement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, has ruled. Ziober v. BLB Resources, Inc., No. 14-56374 (9th Cir. Oct. 14, 2016).

HR Intel: It’s the Economy, Stupid

How ironic is it that the campaign slogan which helped propel Bill Clinton to the presidency in 1992 is now being cited as the reason his wife, Hillary Clinton, lost the election 24 years later? As they say, history often repeats itself, but we don’t always learn the lesson.

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Tribal Sovereign Immunity Issue Related to Individual Tribal Employees

The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in Lewis v. Clarke, (No. 15-1500) addressing the issue of whether the sovereign immunity of an Indian Tribe bars individual-damages actions against tribal employees for torts committed within the employees’ scope of employment.
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