Blog Post List

Social Media and The Workplace 

co-written by Marquerite Irefin and Jennifer H. Gorman, Esq., ABA Insurance Services

With social media everywhere, employers face unique challenges when it comes to their employees’ use and conduct.  Not surprisingly, employees have been known to share information about their employers, including negative statements and damaging information, sometimes hurting the employer’s reputation; however, challenging employee social media posts can be tricky, difficult and potentially illegal.

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The Growing Threat of Ransomware 

By M. Scott Koller, Attorney and member of BakerHostetler's Privacy and Data Protection Team

More than just a nuisance, ransomware has become a legitimate threat to business operations and continuity.

The FFIEC eerily foreshadowed the meteoric rise of ransomware in November, 2015. In the first three months of 2016 alone, the FBI estimates that cyber criminals have collected over $209 million from businesses, hospitals, and other institutions. If that rate continues, ransomware is on track to become a billion-dollar criminal enterprise. Moreover, that figure only represents reported losses and does not include unreported incidents or tangential costs such as system downtime, reputational damage and remediation efforts. The true magnitude is likely much larger.

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Mobile App Developer Agreements 

BakerHostetler Brief by Partner Alan Fried, BakerHostetler

Mobile apps are no longer just for streaming media, playing games and social media. Almost any company that engages with consumers needs a mobile app. Like other important IT vendor engagements, the RFP, scoping and contracting process for developing and operating a mobile app, whether it is a wholly custom application or a white label software-as-a-service solution, is crucial to establish the schedule and deliverables, the parties’ responsibilities, dependencies, who owns and can do what with the IP and data, how risk is apportioned and the company’s rights and remedies if the relationship sours or ends

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Workplace hotlines in the era of Fox News 

by Laura Simmons

SafeAlert-Importance of Workplace HotlinesIn light of the recent events at Fox News, is your company providing and properly maintaining a hotline for employees to call and report harassment, discrimination or other workplace issues? Why would a company pay to provide a hotline and not publicize it to employees? Also, if they knew about it, why wouldn’t employees use this resource?

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