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The Skinny: Genes Pocket Data on Bad Drugs, Best Sex

July 3, 2011
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Here’s the fun and exciting side of genetic information. It’s not all federal rules and regulations—although the Food and Drug Administration is expected to jump in soon and start regulating the burgeoning new genomics industry.
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Complying With GINA

July 3, 2011
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Follow these tips to stay in compliance with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.
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Special Report on HR Technology: The Thought Police

March 6, 2011
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Some companies offer software to sniff out social media posts, but such programs raise the question: Does Big Brother belong in the workplace?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> What Is the Protocol for Using E-Mail to Acknowledge Job Offers to Candidates?

September 14, 2010
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Some applicants have requested that we send job-acknowledgement letters to a work-related e-mail address. Is this a common practice in business today? It seems risky, but maybe that's just me.
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Legal Static Over Issuing Smart Phones to Workers

September 9, 2010
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A lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department is an example of a clear warning to employers to put a smart-phone usage policy in place before they end up in potentially costly litigation, lawyers say.
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Cutting the Gordian Knot Requirements for Electronic I-9 Storage

July 30, 2010
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Commentary: Public Law 108-390 amended the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow electronic signature and electronic storage of I-9 forms, but the regulations implementing it have created a web of confusion.
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Text Message Ruling Offers Employers Guidance While Skirting Employee Privacy Rights

July 11, 2010
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A well-crafted and broadly distributed policy that puts employees on notice of how and when the employer will access these communications can go a long way toward strengthening the employer’s hand in litigation.
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Employees and E-Mail Privacy Rights

June 18, 2010
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Employers are advised to review their electronic communications policies and ensure that such policies clearly communicate the employer’s rules and expectations involving company e-mail and personal password-protected e-mail.
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Grassley Requests Review of Health Care Information Technology Safety Oversight

March 1, 2010
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Senators asks HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to review the Food and Drug Administration oversight of health information technology safety.
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10 Social Media Commandments for Employers

February 24, 2010
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Employers must implement social networking policies, obtain employee consent for monitoring and conduct their monitoring legally and responsibly. By following these 10 guidelines, employers ensure that their employees can enjoy social media without employer static and interference.
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