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Virginia Amends Data Breach Statute to Add Notification Requirement for Breach of Payroll Data. Tax scams remain a vexing problem for companies and individual taxpayers. On February 2, 2017, the IRS issued a second alert to employers warning of the increasing threat of W-2 phishing schemes. The IRS issued a similar alert on March 1, 2016.
3/24/2017
With the coming of summer (and a particularly warm winter and spring in Houston), please find attached four documents related to heat in the workplace and dealing with heat in the workplace. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (WSDL&I) has a no cost app that can be used for good observation, near-miss and accident Reporting.
3/23/2017
Construction owners and operators face new requirements under rules that took effect on February 26, 2017. Since 1992, United States EPA regulations have required that operators of construction activity that involves more than one acre must control stormwater leaving the construction site through use of a Construction General Permit (CGP) and a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).
3/1/2017
A deposit into a checking or savings account seems like a pretty straightforward and innocuous transaction–unless the customer files for bankruptcy, and the bankruptcy trustee starts looking for assets to recover. Bankruptcy trustees will seek to recover money that once belonged to the borrower under various theories including fraudulent conveyance, particularly if the debtor-bank customer was running some sort of Ponzi or investment fraud scheme.
2/20/2017
Most subcontractors doing business in Florida have their construction lien rights down to an exact routine. The subcontract is signed, materials are ordered, and a notice to owner is sent. On most projects, the subcontractor never has to exercise its lien rights.
2/8/2017
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) does not believe that consumer complaints about a bank, motor vehicle lender, credit card company, mortgage servicer, or other financial services company are a laughing matter. The CFPB noted in their December 2016 Monthly Complaint Report that consumer complaints are an “integral part” of their consumer financial protection work.
1/19/2017
The start of a new year is traditionally the time to make new resolutions and establish new goals and priorities. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has used the calendar change to adopt an “out with the old and in with the new” theme. On December 16, 2016, the CFPB announced its fair lending enforcement priorities for 2017 – via a blog posting.
1/13/2017
On October 25, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Treasury Department issued an advisory that provides financial institutions with guidance on their obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) to report cyber-enabled crimes.
12/22/2016
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published amendments to the Risk Management Program Rule (RMP) on December 21, 2016, which will go into effect in 60 days. Those amendments will impose significant new burdens on employers that will translate into new obligations related to health and safety of employees.
12/21/2016
As many employers know, OSHA recently adopted new rules intended to eliminate discrimination and retaliation against employees who reported workplace injuries and illnesses. The impact of those new rules is to effectively ban across-the-board post-incident drug and alcohol testing policies.
12/6/2016
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