Showing 9 posts from March 2020.
With at least one in four Americans living under lockdown orders due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a new question has started to affect many US companies: can my company stay open during a lockdown?
The Covid -19 pandemic has brought into focus issues relating to workplace health and safety and their interplay with employee privacy. An employer is required to maintain a safe workplace pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”).
My colleague Dan Brown wrote an interesting post on recent virus-related Medicare telehealth waivers. Of particular interest to those in the privacy arena are the HIPAA waivers in point 2 of the post.
The temperature is rising in the data breach arena. Clearview AI, which produces facial recognition technology widely used by law enforcement, suffered a massive data breach last month.
The California Attorney General, complying with the terms of the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), has released a new draft version of implementing regulations for that Act.
On March 13, 2020, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, acting on behalf of the White House, reached a deal for a coronavirus economic relief deal, and the House passed it that evening. H.R. 6201, named the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" could affect employers with less than 500 employees in a number of ways, including requiring paid FMLA and sick leave. (Employers with 500 or more employees will not be affected.)
Every crisis is an opportunity for bad guys, it seems. The FTC issued a warning yesterday that can be found here.
It is a good idea to remind employees that they may see an upsurge in scam activity due to current events and remind them about personal and professional vigilance.
If are considering remote working arrangements for all or part of your employee pool due to Covid-19, now is the time to make sure your remote systems are secure. Adding remote capabilities requires extending your network’s connectivity, potentially adding multiple new devices to your network, and considering workflow and security measures when workers are not under your roof. All of these measures add vulnerability to any system. In order to protect your own company data as well as private information of individuals, it is helpful to have a plan in place earlier rather than later.
The spread of corona virus is making headlines for economic, health, and political reasons. Business-focused news also makes note of the impact of corona on international corporate travel planning. One other aspect of corona is worth noting for companies with international operations, however: data privacy. Many companies abroad are asking employees to declare whether they have been tested for corona, and/or what the test results show.