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The Hololens From Microsoft – Help Can Be Right Under…Over Your Nose

The saying – never let them see you sweat – soon may be more difficult to accomplish with Microsoft’s Hololens. Like Google Glass, the Hololens is worn as a headset. But this device has a “plurality” of sensors that gather a range of biometrics parameters (heart rate, perspiration, etc.) which determine along with other information … Continue Reading

EEOC Wellness Program Regulations Offer Best Practices for Medical Record Confidentiality

As reported on our Benefits Law Advisor, the EEOC has issued proposed wellness program regulations. Much of the attention to those proposed rules understandably will be how they would affect the incentives employers have implemented to spur their employees to engage in healthier behaviors. The proposed rules also address, however, the confidentiality provisions under the Americans with Disabilities Act … Continue Reading

OCR Issues Ebola Guidance on HIPAA Privacy

According to the New York Times, Bellevue Hospital Center patient Craig Spencer, the first New Yorker to be infected with Ebola, is scheduled to be released today. And while the intense reporting about Ebola has subsided, perhaps indicating a lowering of the perceived threat of Ebola spreading further in the U.S. (although many continue to … Continue Reading

Ebola Preparedness – Listen To A Discussion By Jackson Lewis Practice Group Leaders

Effective management of an Ebola infection in your business can be dramatically enhanced by some careful planning. If you are addressing safety and health issues, questions about whether an employee should come to work (or employees who don’t want to come to work because of a belief there is an infected employee there already), or … Continue Reading

Ebola Presents Significant Workplace Challenges

We addressed the dangers of “snooping” into patient records by hospital workers spurred by incidents of Ebola and Enterovirus D-86 in the U.S. Of course, the workplace challenges created by Ebola, Enterovirus D-86 and other contagious diseases and illnesses in the workplace go far beyond snooping, and far beyond healthcare employers. Employers in all industries are facing dilemmas in … Continue Reading

Big Data in the Workplace, EEOC Attorney Urges Caution

You may have been reading about how “Big Data” technologies are being used for a variety of purposes, such as making purchase suggestions based on prior buying patterns or staging law enforcement resources based on predictions for where and when crimes are likely to occur. But these technologies also are being used in the human resources context, … Continue Reading

In-House Physician’s Disclosure of Employee Medical Information to Management Violates ADA, Court Rules

On-site health clinics, occupational health clinics, and in-house physicians can be attractive options for businesses that take a comprehensive approach to disability and leave management. However, as one federal district court makes clear, employers need to be mindful of the workplace law risks. This case involves one of those risks - the ADA and its confidentiality requirements.… Continue Reading

ADA Violated When Employer Responds to State Subpoena and Discloses Former Employee’s Medical Records

Companies frequently receive requests for information about current and former employees. These requests often come in the form of an attorney's demand letter or a subpoena and apply to the individual's medical records. Failing to carefully think through whether and how to respond can be a costly trap for the unwary.… Continue Reading

EEOC and 7-Eleven of Hawaii Settle Over Disclosure of Former Employee’s Medical Information

 Does your HR staff know the limits on what they could tell prospective employers about former employees? In this case, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged that 7-Eleven of Hawaii failed to keep a former employee’s medical information confidential by disclosing the information to a prospective employer, in violation of the ADA, which caused the … Continue Reading

ADA Confidentiality: Drug Test Results May Not Be Used Against Applicant at Pre-Offer Stage

A recent case emphasizes that employers must ensure they do not make improper medical inquiries related to pre-employment drug test results at the pre-offer stage. John Harrison v. Benchmark Electronics, Inc., No. 08-16656, 2010 App. LEXIS 632 (11th Cir. Jan. 11, 2010). Some valuable lessons for employers are discussed below. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals … Continue Reading
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