Considered the most important development in data privacy regulation in two decades, the General Data Protection Regulation or GPDR has taken effect on May 25, 2018. The regulation was up for debate for four years before it was approved in 2016, with the enforcement date set this year. This means that organizations who failed to comply within two years may face heavy fines. What exactly is the GDPR? The GDPR is a rule passed by the European Union that standardizes data protection laws across all 28 EU countries..
For most people, legalese, or the legal and technical language used in writing laws, wills, insurance policies, and other legal documents, can be intimidating. Some joke or even seriously believe that lawyers use it to sound smarter or justify higher fees. For decades, the use of plain English has been advocated. In 1972, President Nixon ordered the use of “layman’s terms” in the Federal Register. In 2010, President Obama signed the Plain Writing Act, which purpose was “to promote clear communication that the public can understand and use.”.
In the financial space, anything unregulated and unregistered would cause doubts and uneasiness. In the case of cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, financial regulators all over the world have started to find ways to oversee the blockchain, or the record of all cryptocurrency transactions, as well as to address the irregularities presented by these virtual currencies that mostly bypass financial firms, exchanges, and regulated banks. The most popular of all cryptocurrencies, bitcoin, chiefly operates outside of the conventions of a financial system; and this worries regulators as it has.
A few days ago, we were struck by the news of fashion designer Kate Spade’s passing. New York Police Department reported that she died as a result of suicide. NYPD sources also conveyed that a suicide note was found on the scene addressed to Spade’s daughter, which said something to the effect of “it’s not your fault.” The world is once again reminded about the somber reality of mental illness and suicide. Over the years, we have seen successful celebrities and public figures are taken over by depression.
In October 2017, the #MeToo movement went viral after a series of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and rape allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced. It was a pivotal time in history in which women and men in the entertainment industry took to social media their experiences, insights, and convictions regarding the pressing issue. Movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp have given victim-survivors a platform and the encouragement to speak up about their own unfortunate encounters. The amount of people who have shared online goes to show how.
The World Health Organization considers stress as the health epidemic of the 21st century. Chronic and high levels of stress can lead to heart diseases, high blood pressure, weakened immune functions, impaired cognitive performance, and problems in metabolism, among others. Nearly half of the workforce report suffering moderate to severe stress at work, and this is alarming as it has tremendous and encompassing effect on individuals, families, and organizations. Stress is one of the major causes of absenteeism and turnover in companies, costing American businesses up to $300.
Accidents and unintentional injuries are among the leading causes of death in the United States. Being awake and alert is one key factor to avoid such unfortunate incidents. Unfortunately, 50-70 million adults in the US have a sleep disorder, with insomnia as the most common. Thirty percent reported having short-term insomnia, while 10% had the chronic kind. Insomnia is the perception or complaint of poor-quality or insufficient sleep, which is due to a number of factors such as difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep, waking up too early.
Companies are responsible for the health and safety of their employees. Injuries and illnesses caused by work-related stress must be thoroughly investigated in order for the employee to be sufficiently compensated for their ordeal. But, what if the law, unfortunately, gets in the way of justice? A perfect example is the story of Maria Franco Perez who tried to sue her former employer, Bell South Telecommunications in 2014 for the high level of work stress that caused her to give birth 20 weeks early. Franco was at a.