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OCR announces first "under 500" breach settlement

USA - January 4 2013 The first breach settlement announcement of the new year breaks new ground - a $50,000 fine based on theft of a laptop containing 441 patients'

Another case of snooping prosecuted

USA - November 27 2012 Once again, a healthcare worker’s inability to resist the temptation to snoop in her employer's medical records has resulted in criminal prosecution

When is an employer's breach of contract a defense to a non-compete agreement?

USA - January 27 2013 Florida Statutes section 542.335(1) sets forth the parameters for enforcement of a non-compete agreement in Florida. Supinski v. Omni Healthcare, P.A

Service prevails before Tax Court in self-employment tax case

USA - January 21 2013 In a recent memorandum decision of the Tax Court in Howell, TCM 2012-303, a couple was held liable for a deficiency in self-employment taxes, plus

So you want to sell your program? Tips for starting a new software venture

USA - January 11 2012 It is still possible to become a success in the software business

EEOC settles case of employee with Crohn's disease fired for asking for an additional day of medical leave

USA - February 20 2013 The EEOC announced today the settlement for $92,500 of a disability discrimination lawsuit against University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc

Plan documentation: do I give it or not?

USA - February 19 2013 I frequently am asked by plan sponsors and plan administrators about how to respond to a request for "plan documentation." Under Section 104(b)(4) of

Mom insults son on Facebook - loses custody

USA - February 19 2013 There is never a shortage of new and interesting stories involving social media that impact upon our world of family law. We have previously blogged

An HR professional comments on "Broken Windows" and sexual harassment

USA - February 19 2013 One more comment about the applicability of the "Broken Windows Theory" and workplace sexual harassment. Michele Sommer, an Employee Relations and

Another comment (from Australia) on the "broken windiows" theory

Australia, USA - February 19 2013 We think that the "broken windows" and workplace sexual harassment discussion is important and are actively seeking comments to publish from