Hackers Target Medical Records as Electronic Data Becomes Less Lucrative International Business Times UK Hackers now appear more interested in stealing medical records rather … about the recent cyber attacks and hackers’ preference for medical data … Home Depot spent $43M on data breach in one quarter alone Computerworld Home Depot spent $43 million in its third quarter dealing with the fallout of one of the largest ever data breaches, highlighting the costly nature of … Beth Israel Agrees To Pay $100K To Settle 2012 Data Breach Case iHealthbeat Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will pay $100,000 to settle a Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office complaint that lax data security at the … FTC in Talks with Apple About Health Data Protection Top Tech News Unlike health and medical data patients give to healthcare providers, most data consumers store in mobile health apps are not covered by privacy … Healthcare Cybersecurity…       Read More

The general rule is that an injury that occurs when an employee is traveling to or from work is not compensable because the injury does not arise out of or in the course of employment. Mayor & Aldermen of Savannah v. Stevens, 278 Ga. App. 166, 598 S.E.2d 166 (2004). However, the ingress/egress rule is a well established exception, which deems compensable an injury that occurs during a reasonable period of ingress or egress on the employer’s premises. Peoples v. Emory University, 206 Ga. App. 213, 424 S.E.2d 874 (1993). The ingress/egress rule is predicated, in part, on the idea that the employee has not departed from the premises if he or she has not started traveling a route of his choosing wholly disconnected with his employment. Hill v. Omni Hotel at CNN Center, 268 Ga.App. 144, 147 (601 S.E. 2d 472) (2004). Georgia case law on the topic has…       Read More

HBS international attorney John Parkerson was guest lecturer on November 11, 2014 at Georgia Institute of Technology’s Scheller College of Business. He spoke to Professor Dr. John McIntyre’s “International Business Environment and Strategy” advanced graduate MBA seminar about “How Lawyers Add Business Value to Companies’ International Strategic Choices.” Dr. McIntyre is Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). Parkerson’s basic message was that a business lawyer who has strong international experience can add positive value to a company’s analysis as it considers whether, when, where, and by what method it might enter the international market. Key to adding value is that the lawyer know more than just the laws and regulatory framework that may apply to the various modes of entry into foreign markets (e.g., export, distributor/sales representative, license, franchise, direct investment, or other mode) and the legal implications of each. The successful international…       Read More

Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS), together with The University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, on November 10 hosted a fourteen person delegation representing chief executives of state-owned enterprises of China’s Shaanxi Province. Mr. James Standard, head of the HBS Transactional Practice Group; joined by HBS attorneys Carsten Alting, Steven Gladstone and John Parkerson; provided a full day of presentations and discussions on the conduct of business by foreign companies in the State of Georgia and the United States. Discussion topics included capital and financial markets; opportunities for investment by foreign companies; entering U.S. markets through merger, acquisition, joint venture and other business relationships; and raising capital through initial public offerings (IPOs). The Shaanxi delegation traveled under the auspices of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of China. It visited the United States to learn about how the U.S. securities markets function, particularly with respect to IPOs. While…       Read More

Exclusive: US FTC asking Apple about health data protection Reuters Apple said it works closely with regulators around the world, including the FTC, to describe built-in data protections for its services. “We’ve been very … NIST releases draft guidance on sharing cyberattack info FierceHealthIT Healthcare providers can help one another when it comes to cyberattacks by sharing information during and after an attack, and the National Institute … Eight arrested in Israel and Thailand for Leumi Card data breach Jerusalem Post Data breaches from major companies in recent months have shown the growing challenges of cyber security. Last December, US retailer Target … Internet of Things will transform life, but experts fear for privacy and personal data Dallas Morning News That creates a potentially enormous threat to our privacy – even within the sanctuary of … I just want to know what you are going to do with my data.’”….       Read More

The Completion of the Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) is used by employers to verify a new hire’s identity and to establish that the worker is authorized to accept employment in the United States. A section of the Form I-9 asks the new employee to attest to his or her immigration status in the U.S. One of the possible answers is a “U.S. Citizen.” If a foreign national makes a false claim to U.S. citizenship on this form, it could render that person permanently ineligible for permanent residence, citizenship and other immigration benefits. The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has determined in Matter of Bett, 26 I&N Dec. 437 (BIA 2014), that the Form I-9 can be used to prove a false claim to U.S. citizenship. In that case, the foreign national was an applicant for adjustment of status while in removal proceedings, based on an approved petition by a…       Read More

The National Visa Center (NVC), the U.S. Department of State agency responsible for pre-processing approved immigrant visas, has changed its policy on collecting originals of certain supporting documents. As of Nov. 12, 2014, the NVC will cease collecting original civil documents in support of immigrant visa (IV) applications. Most applicants will be required to submit photocopies of supporting documents (such as birth, marriage, and police certificates) and will be instructed to take their original documents to their interviews, once scheduled, for review. This does not include Affidavit of Support forms, which petitioners will still submit to NVC for initial evaluation. The NVC anticipates this change will maintain the integrity of the IV process, reduce customer wait times, and improve the customer experience overall. Most importantly, the originals of sensitive and important documents will remain in the possession of the applicant Articles of Interest: Executive Immigration Action Imminent? GOP Debates Immigration…       Read More

Employers are encouraged to begin planning now for future H-1B hires, as cap-subject H-1B petitions will be accepted by USCIS as of Wednesday, April 1, 2015 for an employment start date of October 1, 2015, or later. Typically, individuals who are currently working in OPT status as F-1 students or J-1 trainees, or individuals seeking to change to H-1B status from another visa status, and individuals outside of the United States, commonly require a cap-subject H-1B petition be filed on their behalf. The H-1B visa allows employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require the theoretical or practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, and is typically used to sponsor a wide range of professional occupations such as engineers, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, computer programmers, and architects, among many other professions. Federal law limits the number of new H-1B visas that are available each fiscal year to…       Read More

China suspected of breaching US Postal Service computer networks Washington Post (blog) Chinese government hackers are suspected of breaching the computer networks of the United States Postal Service, compromising the data of more … DarkHotel: A Sophisticated New Hacking Attack Targets High-Profile Hotel Guests Wired The best defense is to double check update alerts that pop up on your computer during a stay in a hotel. Go to the software vendor’s site directly to see … Device loss, not hacking, poses greatest risk to health care data Infoworld The October 2014 California Data Breach Report, compiled by the California Department of Justice, analyzed data breaches across multiple industry … Cyber-related directors and officers liability claims expected to increase Business Insurance LAS VEGAS – Cyber-related directors and officers liability claims are rare, but that will likely change soon. Companies with cyber exposures should … Epic court battle coming over Home Depot…       Read More