Disclosure of Confidential Information
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been barred by the D.C. Circuit from divulging confidential employer information to a third party until it can show that its disclosure rules do not conflict with various federal laws, including the Freedom of Information Act and the Trade Secrets Act.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against Seven Eleven of Hawaii, Inc. and its parent company, Seven Eleven Japan Co., Ltd. for disclosing an employee’s health information to a prospective employer during a reference check. Read more
An employee who reported corporate credit card misuse and abuse first internally, then as a participant in the Internal Revenue Service “Whistleblower Rewards Program” where he disclosed a number of proprietary or confidential company documents, may be protected against retaliation by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dept. of Labor Administrative Review Board rules, reversing an administrative law judge decision in favor of the company. Read more
Employer Must Turn Over Witness Statements to Union Unless Employer Shows Confidentiality Interest, NLRB Says
In considering whether an employer is obligated to provide witness statements to a union representing a disciplined employee, the National Labor Relations Board decides it must balance the confidentiality interests of the employer against the union’s need for the information, so the Board subsequently overrules a 1978 decision which had established a categorical exemption for witness statements in such cases. Read more
Recent Study shows that 28% of Respondents suffered at least one Cyber-Attack in the Past Year; Companies Must Plan to Protect Digital Assets
According to a Deloitte Tech Trends poll of 1,749 business professionals across the country, more than one in four (28 percent) of respondents surveyed report their organizations were the victims of at least one cyber-attack in the past year; nine percent report multiple breaches. Read more