This fall, I have the pleasure of teaching a course on Information Security Policy and Law at the Rochester Institute of Technology Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. When I was asked to teach, I welcomed the opportunity, because the course is directed at graduate level cybersecurity students, who don’t often get exposure to the legal and regulatory side of the cybersecurity equation.
New York Temporarily Allows Remote Witnessing of Wills and Other Documents in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
New Law Prohibits Employers from Discriminating Based on an Employee’s Reproductive Health Decision Making
Just in time for the holiday weekend, the New York State Department of Financial Services released the updated 2019 Paid Family Leave (PFL) premium rates.
As discussed in our May 18, 2018 LEGALcurrents®, on April 12, 2018 Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York State Budget, which included new requirements to address workplace sexual harassment. Under the new rules, by October 9, 2018 all New York employers (regardless of size) are required to either adopt the State’s model anti-harassment policy and training or adopt a policy and implement a training program that meets New York standards.
In an interesting IAPP article, Kelce Wilson, InfraGard General Counsel, describes how bad actors without any hacking expertise can potentially inject themselves into the middle of a data breach notification effort and engage in widespread identity theft. The other unanticipated consequence of data breach notification is this: with the trend toward public disclosure of data breach notification letters and statistics, more and more information is in the public domain about the types of data our organizations collect and whether or not we encrypt that data. Case in point, Massachusetts, where yearly Data Breach Notification Reports are available on-line. The 2018 Report shows data breaches reported to Massachusetts authorities this year.
On July 16th, the IRS issued controversial guidance eliminating the requirement for non-charitable exempt organizations to report the names of contributors on their tax returns.
The guidance is the end, for now, of a simmering political controversy relating to information available to the government regarding “dark money” and donations to non-charitable exempt organizations.