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Health Information Privacy: Are Your Employees Putting You at Risk?

datasecurityOn August 4, 2016, the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“OCR”) announced that it had reached the largest monetary settlement to date from a single entity for breaches of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). OCR’s settlement with Advocate Health Care Network involves the payment … Continue Reading

Know Your Liabilities in the Case of a Data Breach

In this age of cyberattacks and security breaches, some employers might be surprised to discover what identity theft laws apply to them.  Most of the applicable laws apply to businesses or individuals who maintain or otherwise possess consumer information for a business purpose – that’s a pretty broad definition.  Entities subject to these laws are … Continue Reading

DOMA and The Other Shoe

In 2013, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which defined “marriage” for purposes of federal statutes as a legal union between one man and one woman, Justice Antonin Scalia vehemently dissented on behalf of himself and 3 other Justices, opining that it is just a … Continue Reading