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Massachusetts data security rules and regulations are some of the strictest in the land. When you combine the Massachusetts data security regulations with the federal data security rules, it becomes more and more difficult for businesses to keep up.
We’ve come a long way from the violet hue and intoxicating aroma produced by the mimeograph machine – the grandfather of the modern day copy machine. Today’s copiers are versatile and sophisticated. They not only produce fine work product (with no discernible narcotic effect), but they also contain hard drives that store images of all of the copies made. Impressive? Certainly. Problematic? Oh yeah.
It seems that every recent Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) related conference I have attended has played the same message: EEO enforcement in the workplace has increased. So, if you think that you have noticed more activity by federal and state investigators in the investigation of charges of discrimination, an increase in OFCCP audits or more EEOC litigation and findings of probable cause from the MCAD - you’re not the only one.
Desperation. Confusion. Profanity-laced tirades. In addition to serving as a fairly comprehensive review of Charlie Sheen’s “Torpedo of Truth” tour, these are all typical reactions of businesses when they discover a data security breach. A laptop got stolen out of a salesperson’s car or the IT geeks discover a keylogger on the system, exposing the company’s employees or customers to a risk of identity theft.
By Amanda Kellar
Attention all healthcare providers! Did you know the following:
There was some big news in Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) litigation coming out of the Department of Justice today.
HRW aims to help employers. So does AIM.
Earlier this month, the business community celebrated the one year anniversary of the Massachusetts Data Security Regulations. And by “celebrated,” I mean lamented, cursed, bemoaned and otherwise maligned. After all, the Massachusetts Regulations, which are the strictest, most comprehensive set of regulations of their kind in the nation, have caused businesses to spend massive amounts of time and money in their attempts to comply. Many other businesses, though, have disregarded the burdensome regulations, and now live under the cloud of fear of the potential consequences.
Your business is thinking about hiring a great new employee but you learn she has signed a broad non-competition agreement with her former employer. Can her former employer stop her from working for you? Or, one of your top sales people has just left to go to a competitor. Is the non-competition agreement he signed two-years after he started with your company valid? As employment attorneys, we get these questions all the time - and the answer is usually “it depends.”
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