On March 2, 2016, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) fined Dwolla, Inc. $100,000 for falsely representing to customers the quality of its data security practices. This is the CFPB’s first action on data security.
New Suit by Delta Reminds Everyone About the Importance of Data Security Protection in the Context of Third-Party Service Provider Relationships
On February 6, HSE Privacy and Data Security Practice Group Head F. Paul Greene presented on Greater Rochester Enterprise’s “Eyes on the Future” program. Paul, joined by Brian Hedges of Mengel Metzger Barr and Mike McCartney of Digits LLC, discussed why it is crucial for all companies, regardless of size, to take steps to protect their data. Paul also stressed pre-breach planning as key to mitigating risk when systems are compromised.
As part of the Women’s Equality Act, New York State recently expanded and strengthened several laws related to women’s rights in connection with employment, housing, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. These new laws took effect this week, on January 19, 2016.
The NYS Division of Human Rights (Division) has adopted regulations at 9 NYCRR § 466.13 banning discrimination against transgender individuals, which Governor Cuomo initially introduced in October 2015 after the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) was passed by the Assembly and failed in the Senate eight times. Despite the likelihood that there will be legal challenges to the regulations--at minimum challenging their genesis through executive as opposed to legislative action--they are effective and require compliance as of January 20, 2016.
Two of the area’s largest retail stores, Marshall’s and Big Lots, made news yesterday after being fined for violating Buffalo’s Ban the Box law, which prohibits employers from asking job applicants about past criminal history on employment applications. The law is meant to help those with criminal backgrounds apply for jobs without the risk of being immediately disqualified. HSE Labor and Employment Partner Amy Hemenway spoke with WGRZ Channel 2 and WBFO 88.7 about the law’s implications.