On October 27, 2015, the Ninth Circuit held in EEOC v. McLane Co., Inc. that the EEOC has broad subpoena powers to obtain nationwide private personnel information, including Social Security numbers.
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On May 25, 2015, the French Data Protection Authority released its long-awaited annual inspection program for 2015, announcing that a target of 550 inspections was set for 2015, including 350 on-site inspections, document reviews or hearings and 200 online inspections. This blog entry provides a summary of the program.
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On January 6, 2015, the French data protection authority (CNIL) published a decision adopting a new Simplified Norm NS 47 that addresses the processing of personal data in connection with monitoring and recording employee telephone calls in the workplace.
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As reported in the Hunton Employment and Labor Perspectives Blog, in Purple Communications, Inc., a divided National Labor Relations Board held that employees have the right to use their employers’ email systems for statutorily protected communications, including self-organization and other terms and conditions of employment, during non-working time.
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As reported in the Hunton Employment and Labor Perspectives Blog, Illinois recently joined a growing number of states and municipalities that have passed “ban the box” laws regulating when employers can inquire into an applicant’s criminal history. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2015.
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As reported in the Hunton Employment & Labor Perspectives Blog, on April 9, 2014, the Sixth Circuit of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and chastised the Commission for applying a flawed methodology in its attempts to prove that using credit checks as a pre-employment screen had an unlawful disparate impact on African-American applicants.
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On March 28, 2014, the 87th Conference of the German Data Protection Commissioners concluded in Hamburg. This blog post provides an overview of several key resolutions adopted during the Conference.
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