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The more things change, the more things stay the same, or so the adage goes.  Yesterday —which was very fitting for Groundhog Day —the IRS released a warning concerning the reappearance of phishing scams targeting W-2 information.  

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On January 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced its first enforcement action under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) involving delayed data breach reporting.  HHS settled alleged violations of the HIPAA breach notification rule committed by Presence Health, one of the largest health care networks in Illinois.  The settlement agreement called for Presence Health to pay $475,000 and to adopt a corrective action plan.  This settlement underscores the importance of understanding your organization’s HIPAA policies and procedures, and raises several practical considerations going forward.

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First introduced in 2015 and signed into law in June 2016, an amendment to the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M.G.L. c.66) now makes the state’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) online Data Breach Notification Archive available to the public.

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On November 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a revised version of Form I-9. The Form I-9 is a tool that employers must use to verify the identity and employment authorization for individuals hired in the United States.

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New York State employers will ring in the New Year with increases to the hourly minimum wage rate and minimum salary level for exempt employees. The increases will take effect Saturday, December 31, 2016.

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