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News, commentary, and legal updates from attorneys in the Data Security and Workplace Privacy Practice Group at Fisher Phillips.
Posts from December 2015.

This is the first post in a three-part series.

If you work for a U.S.-based company with Canadian operations, your organization probably understands its obligations to comply with Canadian employment and tax laws. But is your company up to date on the protection of privacy and protection of personal information under Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)? Moreover, many provinces have their own ...

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”), is a federal law enacted in 2008 which prohibits employers from requesting “genetic information” from their employees. Specifically, it prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against an employee on the basis of the employee’s genetic information. “Genetic information” includes information from genetic tests, the genetic tests of the ...


As reported in the December 9, 2015 Wall Street Journal Law Blog, a recent report by the Association of Corporate Counsel ("ACC") revealed that the most common reason for a data breach at companies is "employee error." According to the report, which contained survey responses from over 1,000 in-house attorneys in 30 countries, 30% of the breaches this year resulted from employee error. Of course, this is not new news, but rather the most recent ...

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