Blog Post List

Transgender in the workplace 

Given the EEOCs heighten focus on transgender issues and the increase in administrative claims, an influx of private lawsuits is sure to follow. It is important to have an anti-discrimination/harassment policy that includes gender identity and sexual orientation in conjunction with an EPL policy to mitigate exposure in a claim.

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A Dyre Situation: Malware Targets Corporate Banking Accounts 

First discovered in June 2014, “Dyre” malware has quickly become one of the most prominent banking Trojans targeting corporate customers’ bank accounts today. A system infected with the Dyre malware, which is delivered and downloaded through phishing/spam campaigns, will attempt to harvest customers’ information and online banking credentials to conduct unauthorized transfers.

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FBI issues bulletins on Dyre and Carbanak malware 

The FBI released several updates and bulletins to the banking industry regarding two different malware: Dyre and Carbanak/Anunak. The Dyre malware is being used with social engineering in order to get around two-factor authentication typically required by banks for large wire transfers.

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Fleet-footed investigations and prompt remedial action: the new normal 

The following article by Philip Storm, Earl M. (Chip) Jones, III and Greg Keating is reprinted with permission from Littler Mendelson

Whistleblowing has really become a hot issue. In March 2015, the SEC issued a half million dollar bounty award to a whistleblower, serving as a huge reminder to employers–including community banks–to have protocols in place to investigate and respond to internal complaints and concerns. The national law firm of Littler Mendelson, experts in employment and labor laws, shares some insight to effectively address internal concerns to prevent (potentially embarrassing) escalations of situations.

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Court rules in bank’s favor in an account takeover case. 

What does this mean to you?

In a relatively high profile court case, an appellate court ruled in favor of the defendant/bank rather than the plaintiff (the bank’s customer) in a dispute over an account takeover claim and reversed a lower court opinion, ruling that the bank may seek attorney’s fees from the plaintiff. In many respects, the decision handed down will be a significant influence on future court cases and also on security/verification procedures a bank mandates or places on accounts regarding account transfer requests.

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Steps to encourage a harassment-free work environment 

Workplace harassment takes on many forms, making it difficult to tell the difference between normal office banter and offensive or unlawful behavior. Most of us agree that we want our workplace to have a friendly and enjoyable environment. There are some practical steps a business owner or manager can take to encourage a harassment-free environment and protect the company from claims and lawsuits.

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