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For decades, acts of workplace violence were viewed as being limited to altercations between employees and "active shooter" situations involving a disgruntled employee or former employee. Generally speaking, those incidents occur within the four walls of the workplace or nearby company parking lots.
7/16/2015
Earlier this year (Feb. 2015), Facebook announced a new feature that allows Facebook users to designate a legacy contact to manage their Facebook account when they pass away. According to facebook.com, a legacy contact is, "[s]omeone you choose to look after your account if it's memorialized."
7/10/2015
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”), 2013 statistics demonstrate that healthcare workers have a rate of work-related illness and injury that is nearly twice as high as the overall rate seen in private industry.
7/10/2015
Commencing June 1, 2015, Louisiana schools must adhere to several new restrictions and requirements regarding student identification and students’ personal information. This is the latest step in a process designed by the State in 2014 to protect students from identity theft. The new statutes on student information apply to all public schools, including charter schools, the governing authority for each charter school, and any education management organization under contract to operate a charter school.
5/28/2015
The United States Supreme Court recently declined to review Crawford v. LVNV Funding, LLC, 758 F.3d 1254, 1257 (11th Cir. 2014) cert. denied, No. 14-858, 2015 WL 246891 (U.S. Apr. 20, 2015), an Eleventh Circuit decision that created a split amongst the circuits on the issue of the applicability of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA” or “Act”) to a creditor’s filing of a time-barred or otherwise wrongfully filed proof of claim in a debtor’s bankruptcy case.
5/20/2015
On May 4, 2015, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a new final rule in the Federal Register intended to increase protection for construction workers in confined spaces (e.g., manholes, crawl spaces, tanks and other confined spaces that are not intended for continuous occupancy).
5/15/2015
In the past several months, we circulated several client alerts relative to a change in the definition of “whistleblower” and what constitutes a protected whistleblowing activity under Section 11(C) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. We also described what can be described as new definitions of activities employers cannot engage in without violating an employee’s whistleblower rights.
5/15/2015
On March 30th, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued two Joint Statements1 on behalf of its members2 to warn financial institutions about the threats posed to various credentials by cyberattacks involving “destructive malware.” The Joint Statements should be a wake-up call to any enterprise not aware of the dangers of malware.
5/12/2015
Over the past few weeks, the internet has been abuzz over the battle raging between Jeremy Alcede, the former majority owner of CTIL, LLC, dba Tactical Firearms (the debtor), and the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.
4/30/2015
Public cloud computing services-- computing resources (such as networks, storage, applications, and services) purchased from another company (a “cloud services provider”)-- offer many potential benefits for businesses, among them economies of scale, lower capital costs, and improved accessibility.
4/10/2015