Whistleblower Hotlines Might Not Be Enough 9:05, December 20, 2016

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Author: Christine Day

Whistleblower hotlines for reporting a company or organization’s misbehavior are common ways for employees to report unsafe conduct and violations of law and policy. Employees can usually report internally or externally. In addition to company hotlines, whistleblower hotlines are also operated by government agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational […]

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Companies that fail to protect data can face consequences such as charges for engaging in unfair practices, falling profits, and the loss of customers’ trust. These are some common reasons why companies are making cybersecurity a top priority. But data breaches can sometimes lead to unforeseen consequences. For instance, in July 2016 Verizon agreed to […]

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A new anti-bribery management systems standard (ISO 37001) is scheduled to be issued in October 2016 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which is made up of the national standards bodies of 163 member countries. According to the ISO 37001 draft standard summary, ISO 37001 “specifies a series of measures” to help organizations “prevent, […]

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Employers use skills tests to assess whether applicants are a good fit for a job. Prescreening employees can save employers time and help them to get the best person for a job. But the test must be aimed at specific job-related requirements and must not discriminate. According to a US Department of Labor (DOL) testing […]

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Effective January 1, 2017, California expands its data breach notification law to require consumer notice when the security of encrypted personal information is breached and the encryption key or security credential is also compromised. “Encryption key” and “security credential” mean the confidential key or process designed to render the encrypted data useable, readable, and decipherable. […]

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You’d think that it would be easy to fire an employee who was loud, who was often absent from her desk, who made and received cell phone calls at work, whose boyfriend often visited her there, and who insisted on text messaging supervisors about her absences instead of calling. And you’d probably be right. Unless […]

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An employer found out that it could be liable for retaliation because it acted negligently when it fired an employee solely on the basis of the accusations of a biased coworker who had been accused of sexual harassment. Andrea Vasquez was an emergency medical technician (EMT) on an ambulance crew for Empress Ambulance Service, Inc. […]

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According to McClatchyDC, the US State Department could not provide records showing whether Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her top aides completed mandatory ethics training while they were working for the State Department. In December 2015 the Republican National Committee (RNC) made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to discover whether certain individuals […]

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The US Department of Labor (DOL), which is responsible for ensuring that employees are paid correctly, paid $7 million to settle a union’s claim that the DOL had been making employees work overtime without proper compensation. In a press release about the $7 million settlement, the union president said “You cannot begin to imagine how difficult it was to challenge […]

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A Ponemon Institute report on closing data security gaps shows that insider negligence is the leading cause of data loss or theft. The report, sponsored by Varonis, is called Closing Security Gaps to Protect Corporate Data: A Study of US and European Organizations. The study surveyed 3,027 employees in the US, the UK, Germany, and […]

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