March 6, 2014

What’s Your Secret?

Thumb drives, cloud computing and personal devices have created easy ways to transport trade secrets, confidential, and proprietary information. The most common cases involve former employees taking information to new employers, your competitor. However, there’s a growing market of end users willing to pay for or trick employees into releasing confidential information. The first step employers should take is to deter- mine what should be protected. Next, refine policies to include those specifics, such as client names and contact information, sources for supplies, proprietary processes or formulas. Non-disclosure agreements benefit by including these specifics, not only because they are more […]
January 4, 2012

Driving While Distracted

The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates 25% of automobile crashes are caused by cellphone usage distracting the driver. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study in 1997 that concluded the risk of using a cellphone while driving was similar to driving while intoxicated. Cellphone use while driving has been a criminal offense in Great Britain since 2003. Usage in Japan may result in imprisonment. Only a few states in our country have prohibited any hand-held cellphone usage while driving. However, the majority of the states, including Indiana have banned texting while driving. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation, […]
March 1, 2010

Pulling The Trigger

Homicide is the second leading cause of death in the workplace; the leading cause of occupational injury death among females and workers under 18 years old. However, men are three times more likely to be killed by workplace violence than women. Indiana is ready to pull the trigger on legislation that will allow employees to bring guns to work, as long as the guns remain in locked vehicles. Firearms are involved in 76% of workplace homicides, followed by cutting or piercing instruments. Proponents of this legislation argue that the majority of workplace homicides are robbery related crimes (71%) with only […]
November 1, 2009

Preparing for the Pandemic

Now that many companies have reduced staff to bare bones, the world is bracing itself for the H1N1 virus. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projects that employers should plan for between 30% and 50% absenteeism, for up to six weeks. Determining what measures employers can take is wound around a number of conflicting regulations. The General Duty Clause of Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires that employers’ workplaces are “free from recognized hazards” that may cause serious injury or death. This regulation may apply if the H1N1 virus is present in the workplace and would require […]