All Items: Risk Management

  • Sony Faces Data Breach Class Actions

    Date:
    19 December 2014

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. became the subject of three proposed class action lawsuits this week. All three employee lawsuits relate to a breach of the corporation's computer systems related to the unreleased film, The Interview.

  • Retail Employee Theft Leads to Billions in Annual Losses

    Date:
    25 November 2014

    Retail employers witness a growth in employee theft during the holiday season as employees' financial pressures increase and temporary employees, who have less to lose if caught, make up a large part of the workforce. Employers should be aware of this growing trend and take steps to eliminate it from their workplaces.

  • Los Angeles-Area Employers Must Reimburse Employees for Work-Related Calls on Personal Cell Phones

    Date:
    25 August 2014

    The ruling in Cochran v. Schwan's Home Service, Inc. sheds light on important issues for employers with respect to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), the practice of allowing employees to use their own personal devices such as cell phones and tablets for work-related purposes.

  • Illinois Employer Alert: Faegre's Stacey Smiricky Discusses Latest Legal Trends

    Date:
    17 January 2014

    There are a host of new challenges for HR and businesses in Illinois. Stacey Smiricky is a partner in Faegre Baker Daniels' labor and employment group in its Chicago office. Smiricky shared her insights with XpertHR about the most notable recent changes in the state affecting employers.

  • Justice Department Collects Over $8 Billion in Employer Fines, Settlements in 2013

    Date:
    10 January 2014

    The US Department of Justice collected more than $8 billion through civil and criminal enforcement actions during the 2013 fiscal year, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday. The greatest recoveries resulted from: (i) recoveries under the federal False Claims Act (the original whistleblower law), in which the US reclaims money lost to fraud or waste by businesses; and (ii) collected fines stemming from employer and employee violations of federal health, safety, civil rights or environmental laws.

  • Higher Wages Could Mean Lower Employee Theft, Study Says

    Date:
    26 December 2013

    The results of a study by Tatiana Sandino, an associate professor at Harvard Business School, and Clara Xiaoling Chen, assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, suggest that employers may be able to reduce their employee-theft rate by increasing their employees' wages. In the paper titled Can Wages Buy Honesty? The Relationship between Relative Wages and Employee Theft, it is concluded that nearly 40 percent of an employer's cost of paying higher wages can be recovered by a decrease in employee theft.

  • California Employers Can Be Held Liable for Employee Car Accidents During Commute

    Date:
    15 October 2013

    A California court ruled that employers may be held liable for injuries to third parties and property damage during an employee's commute, so long as the employee was required to use his or her car for work and that the incident occurred during a regular commute or personal errand. This expands employer liability and reduces the effectiveness of the "coming and going" exception to employer liability.

  • Illinois Aims to Better Prevent Workplace Violence With Newly Enacted Law

    Date:
    18 September 2013

    In response to the seemingly neverending and increasing incidents of violence in the workplace, Illinois has enacted a law designed to equip employers with better tools aimed at preventing workplace violence. The Workplace Violence Prevention Act, HB 2590, effective January 1, 2014, is intended to assist employers in protecting workforces, employees, guests and property by limiting access to the workplace by potentially violent individuals.

  • Lawsuit by City of West, Texas Against Chemicals Companies Presents Cautionary Tale for Employers

    Date:
    03 September 2013

    In the aftermath of the devastating April 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, the city of West sued Adair Grain, Inc., which owned the plant, and CF Industries, which supplied the chemical (ammonium nitrate) that contributed to the explosion.

  • Financial Regulators Release Post-Sandy Best Practices for Business Continuity

    Date:
    19 August 2013

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) joined together and released a staff advisory on disaster recovery and business continuity plans (BCPs).

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