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Up Close & Personal: Contact-Tracing Apps & Employee Privacy

Our proximity and “close contact” with other humans is on the front lines in the war against coronavirus.  Yet tracking 6 feet of distance from every human we encounter for a 14 day period is nearly impossible without the help of technology like contact-tracing apps.  Although many privacy and employment laws designed to protect employee … Continue Reading

The California Data Privacy Implications of Using Facial Recognition in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

On May 4, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state would begin the process of allowing various businesses to reopen physical locations as part of a four-phase plan that seeks to gradually re-establish business operations in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  While a welcome sign for many businesses and employees, the phased … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Case Preview—Van Buren v. United States: Does Use of a Computer for an “Improper Purpose” Violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act?

For the first time, the Supreme Court has agreed to review the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The Court’s initial review of the CFAA comes in the wake of a federal circuit split as to whether the statute can only be deployed against hackers and unauthorized users of electronic systems, or also against authorized … Continue Reading

Employee Privacy Forecast: Temperature Checks

To slow the spread of the coronavirus, millions of United States workers are under government orders to stay at home.  However, many businesses considered “essential critical infrastructure” continue to operate and their employees are needed to work.  Many of those businesses are administering health tests like temperature checks to ensure the health and safety of … Continue Reading

The Heart of Employee Rights Under CCPA: Attorney General Modifies Guidance

Transparency and communication are cornerstones of a successful relationship—and the employment relationship is no exception.  The California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) came into effect on January 1, 2020, bestowing two landmark rights on California employees, applicants, contractors, emergency contacts, and dependents: (1) the right to notice about what personal information an employer collects and the … Continue Reading

Is BIPA Preempted? – Illinois Appellate Court Considers Workers’ Compensation Exclusivity Question

As class actions brought under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) proceed through litigation, defendants have made a variety of arguments attempting to push courts to define the limits of the somewhat vague statute. The Illinois Supreme Court’s 2019 decision in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp. was the first opinion to provide interpretive guidance … Continue Reading

Stop the Camera! New Limits on Facial Recognition Technology for Interviews Take Effect in Illinois on January 1, 2020

Illinois’ first-of-its-kind legislation aimed at regulating the use of artificial intelligence in video interviews for Illinois-based positions goes into effect on January 1, 2020. The Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act will make employers’ use of artificial intelligence to analyze applicant-submitted video interviews more complicated at a time when employers are increasingly relying on the technology … Continue Reading

2020 Vision: California’s New Employment Laws

To close out the 2019 legislative season, Governor Gavin Newsom signed dozens of bills into law, which will have lasting impacts for California employers. In addition to the summaries and clarifications from prior blog posts, below is an overview of key new employment laws.… Continue Reading

Big Bang! California Expands Employee Privacy Rights & Insights from the Office of Attorney General

On October 11, 2019, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 25 into law, giving employees, applicants, independent contractors, emergency contacts and dependents new rights to privacy. As explained in our previous post—Employee Privacy by Design: Guidance for Employers Beginning to Comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act—the amendment to CCPA is a limited one-year reprieve … Continue Reading

Employee Privacy by Design: Guidance for Employers Beginning to Comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act

On September 13, 2019, the California Senate and Assembly unanimously passed an amendment to the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) that places onerous obligations on employers and entitles employees to statutory damages for data breaches.  The landmark measure—AB 25—awaits Governor Newsom’s signature (or veto).  Regardless of whether AB 25 is signed into law, CCPA applies … Continue Reading

Proposed Massachusetts Consumer Data Privacy Law Takes Lessons From Illinois’ Biometric Law

After Illinois passed its Biometric Information Privacy Act in 2008 (“BIPA”), other states have begun enacting legislation regulating business activities relating to biometric information. Texas and Washington were next, followed by California in 2018. Now, Massachusetts has proposed legislation regulating the use of a consumer’s personal and biometric information. Bill SD.341, “an Act relative to … Continue Reading

Actual Injury Unnecessary to Sue Under Illinois Biometric Law

The Illinois Supreme Court recently handed down its much-anticipated decision in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corporation et al., clarifying what makes someone “aggrieved” and able to bring a claim under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). We have addressed this issue in prior blogs, including here and here. The Supreme Court has now … Continue Reading

The Fight Over Standing Under the Biometric Information Privacy Act Continues in Illinois High Court

On November 20, 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp. and Great America LLC to decide whether a technical violation of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), 740 ILCS 14 et seq., without some additional injury, is enough to give an individual standing to sue under the … Continue Reading

It’s High Time to Update Your Marijuana Policies

The legalization of recreational use of marijuana in several states, including California, has left many employment policies vague and confused. This article offers insights to questions every employer should be asking in light of legalization. California’s Rollout of Legal Marijuana California voters passed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“Prop 64”) on November 8, 2016, … Continue Reading

Actual Injury Required to Sue Under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

In recent years, the use of biometrics in business has been growing. In the employment context, for example, some employers use biometric time clocks, which allow employees to “clock in” with a fingerprint or iris scan. Unlike a password or social security number, however, an individual’s biometric identifier or information cannot be changed or replaced … Continue Reading

New Jersey Employers May Not “Like” State’s New Social Media “Privacy Settings”

On August 29, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law a new measure prohibiting employers from requiring employees or job applicants to provide login information or allow employer access to their accounts on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. While, under the law, employers may still view any publicly available … Continue Reading

Federal Jury Finds Executive Recruiter Guilty Stealing Trade Secrets From Former Employer In Order to Start Competing Business

On April 24, 2013, a federal jury in the Northern District of California found former Korn/Ferry International corporate executive recruiter, David Nosal, guilty on six counts of conspiracy, stealing trade secrets, and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). An appeal is expected, however.… Continue Reading

Password Protected – Proposed Social Media Privacy Legislation

The job market appears to be on an upswing, and with this upswing, and the advent of new technology, comes new challenges for employers and applicants alike. Potential employees may have online identities that many employers deem useful when investigating a job applicant. However, privacy settings on many social media sites allow an applicant to … Continue Reading

OFCCP May Impose Explicit Goals for Federal Contractors’ Hiring of Individuals with Disabilities

By Evgenia Fkiaras Following a trend by the Federal government to liberalize anti-discrimination laws in favor of employees, the Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has proposed regulations that would require employers who wish to keep their contracts (and subcontracts) with the Federal government to attempt to maintain a workforce where … Continue Reading

Hernandez v. Hillsides: The California Supreme Court Identifies Guidelines for Workplace Surveillance

In Hernandez v. Hillsides, the California Supreme Court provided guidance to employers about the reasonable scope, purpose, and methods of conducting employee surveillance in the workplace. In essence, the Court confirmed a sliding scale for employee expectations of privacy in the workplace based on the office environment. But it allowed employers considerable flexibility to monitor … Continue Reading

California Supreme Court Grants Pre-Class Certification Access to Class Member Contact Information

On January 25, 2007, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling against Pioneer Electronics (USA), Inc. ("Pioneer") which impacts consumer class actions, but may also have an impact on employment class actions.  The decision granted the plaintiff’s request for pre-certification notice to prospective class members and permitted disclosure of the prospective class members’ contact information … Continue Reading
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