Is Your Computer Part Of A Botnet? How Can You Tell?

Researchers at a security software firm have discovered a spam campaign that targets Skype users and infects computer systems with a malware trojan. The campaign is currently affecting users in India, Japan and the Philippines, but is expected to quickly extend to other countries. The attack sends a message to Skype users that incorporates Japanese…

New Overtime Rules Are Here: Their Impact And What Employers Need To Consider

For over a year, employers have been told “a change was coming,” and now it is here with the Department of Labor’s new rule for overtime for white-collar workers (the administrative, executive, and professional exemptions). The rule becomes effective on December 1, 2016. https://www.dol.gov/WHD/overtime/final2016/overtime-factsheet.htm Here’s the deal: If, on December 1, you have an exempt…

Hacking the Human: Social Engineering

Virtually every business relies on a network to conduct its daily operations. This often involves the collection, storage, transfer and eventual disposal of sensitive data. Securing that data continues to be a challenge for organizations of all sizes and across multiple business sectors. Social Security numbers, W-2 forms, payment cards and intellectual property have significant…

Department of Labor Releases Final Rule Regarding Overtime Exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its final regulations making changes to Part 541, governing overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Here are the key elements of the new regulation that you need to know now: 1. Salary Threshold Changed to $913/week ($47,476 per year) This threshold doubles the current salary threshold…

2015 EEOC Charge Statistics: What Do They Reveal for 2016

On February 11, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a detailed breakdown of charges filed during its fiscal year 2015. The overall number of charges stayed shy of 90,000 at 89,385, slightly above the 88,778 filed in 2014, but well below the 99,947 filed in 2011. This continues a trend of fewer charges…

Common Cyber Insurance Objections

With the rise of cyber attacks, Cyber Insurance is become more and more of a necessity in a business’ risk management strategy. Here are some of the common objections we hear when talking to clients about this invaluable coverage and our responses. OBJECTION “I am not a target for hackers.” RESPONSE – Many data breaches…

Removing Autos from Your Business Auto Policy

Question: Business is bad and I need to save some money on my auto insurance. I want to delete the coverage on some vehicles that aren’t being used right now. They are stored in a secure parking area. Is that OK? Answer: Removing vehicles you still own from your auto insurance policy is probably not…