Tips for Businesses to Avoid Scams This Tax Season

From the World Wide Web to over the phone, cyber criminals are finding more and more ways to trick us into sharing personal information, many times without us thinking twice about it.

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Human Resource Managers May Be Individually Liable For FMLA Violations

In a decision that should send a chill down the spines of Human Resource professionals everywhere, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently found that a company’s Director of Human Resources could be individually liable for violating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  The decision, Cathleen Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America et al., was decided by the Second Circuit on March 17, 2016 and is available here. (view as PDF)

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Billions Spent on Data Security

On February 6, HSE Privacy and Data Security Practice Group Head F. Paul Greene presented on Greater Rochester Enterprise’s “Eyes on the Future” program. Paul, joined by Brian Hedges of Mengel Metzger Barr and Mike McCartney of Digits LLC, discussed why it is crucial for all companies, regardless of size, to take steps to protect their data. Paul also stressed pre-breach planning as key to mitigating risk when systems are compromised.

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New York’s New Laws Increase Protections for Women in the Workplace and Beyond

As part of the Women’s Equality Act, New York State recently expanded and strengthened several laws related to women’s rights in connection with employment, housing, domestic violence, and sex trafficking.  These new laws took effect this week, on January 19, 2016.

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New State Law Anti-Discrimination Protections for Transgender Employees

The NYS Division of Human Rights (Division) has adopted regulations at 9 NYCRR § 466.13 banning discrimination against transgender individuals, which Governor Cuomo initially introduced in October 2015 after the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) was passed by the Assembly and failed in the Senate eight times.  Despite the likelihood that there will be legal challenges to the regulations--at minimum challenging their genesis through executive as opposed to legislative action--they are effective and require compliance as of January 20, 2016.

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