OSHA: Company Failed to Provide Safety Training 9:34, April 27, 2017

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Date: April 2017

After two employees of a drain service company died in the collapse of a trench, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that the company failed to provide safeguards and safety training.  The employees died in 2016 while they were working in a 12-foot-deep trench to install water and sewer lines to a […]

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Data breaches don’t just happen when some malicious outsider orchestrates a massive hack or absconds with company secrets. They also happen when ordinary workers don’t see the harm of improperly sharing confidential information with one another or of innocent but unsafe practices. Unauthorized data sharing can undermine your best efforts at data security — even […]

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We have written a lot about data security risks like password reuse, the value of data security training, employee negligence, and cybersecurity enforcement actions. Every so often, we write about data security legal updates. This post summarizes four posts that discussed data security laws, explains if they are still up to date, and supplies takeaways. […]

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Many large enterprises provide compliance training to their employees. A 2017 report by KPMG provides survey data and analysis of compliance best practices, including employee communication and training. This post pulls out data points that allow us to better evaluate the value of effective online compliance training. KPMG’s The Compliance Journey (“the Survey”) surveyed organizations […]

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The legal and ethical risks are growing for organizations to investigate and address the human rights impacts of their activities and relationships, which have far-reaching implications for companies operating in the global economy. This post explores why identifying human rights impacts that occur in a global business operations chain is not just the right thing […]

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The Bad News.  Data breaches are on the rise. The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), which has been tracking data security risks since 2005, released a report in which it counted 430 data breaches between April 2016 and April 2017. This shows a 37% increase from 2015-2016, according to Credit Union Times. This is a scary […]

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Most employers realize that they can be held responsible if an employee does something to create a hostile work environment. But some employers don’t know that they can also be liable for failing to protect employees from customers’ harassment or discrimination. Danielle Creacy worked for BCBG Max Azria Group, LLC (BCBG), a clothing retailer with […]

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To paraphrase Joan Didion, we make assumptions in order to live. Assumptions can be innocuous (believing droplets seen from the inside of an office window mean it’s raining outside) or noxious (believing and spreading rumors without evidence). Assumptions about a worker’s disability, especially assumptions about how it may impact their job, can result in harm […]

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True to signals at oral argument that the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ position on sexual orientation discrimination was due for an imminent overhaul, a full court panel of that circuit has ruled that Title VII prohibits sexual orientation discrimination. This, despite contrary conclusions by three-panel opinions of the Second and Eleventh Circuit Courts of […]

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Unflattering anonymous employee reviews posted by current and former employees prompted two companies to try to force Glassdoor to disclose the names of the reviewers. In March 2017 a California court denied one company’s request, but a Texas court granted another company’s request and ordered Glassdoor to reveal who wrote the reviews. “Confidential Information” Claim […]

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