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The Shifting Sands of Compliance
So far, 2015 has been lousy with change when it comes to employment law- and its showing no signs of slowing down. Between the EEOC, the FCRA, and the Department of Labor, many aspects of employer-employee relationship are being more strictly interpreted through litigation and statements of intention. While some of these things are happening in only certain states (or for government employers) others have gone forward from one state to sweep across the nation- ban the box, for example, has taken root and is growing at such a pace that it gives one the sense that its only a matter of time before it exists in some form everywhere- or even becomes a matter of federal approval. Some states are limiting an employer's right to use arrest records as grounds to take adverse action, and in others, mandatory sick leave is being considered. Other topics, however, are hitting nationally all at once.
Whenever a company collects personal, private information on people in the form of consumer reports, it creates the potential for that information to fall into the wrong hands- by accident or by design- or being unintentionally exposed to the public. As a result, there are several tips recommended by the FTC for safeguarding such information and minimizing the possibility of a business's data breach liability.