Is your company leaking personal data like Facebook?

Facebook has once again come under some heat for the possible compromising of personal information from its customers.  Facebook permits secondary access to accounts, which allows 3rd parties to display ads, applications, and the like.  Apparently there was a flaw in the system, allowing those 3rd party users to access far more than they were supposed to, …

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Should you have an Employee Dating policy in your Employee Handbook?

Should an Employee Handbook have a policy about Employee Dating?  The personal lives of your employees are really none of your business, UNLESS their actions affect their work performance.  That is why you can have policies setting rules on Other Employment, Off-Duty Drug Abuse, and other activities outside of work.  When it comes to dating, …

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Can you fire an employee for Facebook remarks?

Can you discipline or fire an employee who makes bad comments on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site?  Recently, the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against American Medical Response of Connecticut, alleging that they fired an employee for the disparaging remarks she made on Facebook while on her own time.  The NLRB alleges …

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Medical Privacy Violations

Today the Boston Globe reported the dumping of thousands of sensitive medical records at a local garbage transfer station: http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2010/08/13/mass_hospitals_investigate_exposure_of_records/ It seems an obvious breech of HIPAA patient privacy rights, among other things.  Apparently, the records were in the hands of a billing company that helped with collections for numerous hospitals.  When the billing company was …

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