The Reschini Blog: How to Avoid Being Zoom-Bombed

In the age of COVID-19, platforms like Zoom, Skype, Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx have been lifesavers for businesses, schools, and families.  But, regrettably, the emergence and widespread adoption of these wonderful tools have also enabled the rise of those who would use them to break in uninvited, to steal information and data for their own purposes.

Such video-conferencing hijackers practice what has been dubbed “Zoom-bombing,” or the act of disrupting a virtual meeting with graphic or threatening messages or actions, including hate speech or pornographic images. Beyond being incredibly annoying and hurtful, such intrusions can also cause liability exposure based on the highly offensive harassment.

Protecting innocent users against these disruptions is both a moral and legal obligation, as state and federal civil rights laws require businesses, organizations, and public entities to prevent discriminatory harassment.  So how can you avoid being Zoom-bombed?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Know and test the technology first.
  • Use options that require authenticated users only.
  • Make all meetings private, with controlled admission.
  • Only share the link to the room with those invited.
  • Disable the “join before host” setting.
  • Restrict screen-sharing options to the host only.
  • Use the latest technology with updated security enhancements.

Our society, educational system, and business communities have survived the pandemic by leveraging the incredible power of these video-conferencing tools.  Their staying power in a post-COVID world is guaranteed.  That makes it all the more essential for users to remain vigilant in protecting themselves and those who they invite to join them online.

Contact The Reschini Group for information on insurance-related matters affecting your organization.

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The Reschini Group provides these updates for information only, and does not provide legal advice.  To make decisions regarding insurance matters, please consult directly with a licensed insurance professional or firm.

Source: https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/employment-law/pages/avoiding-zoom-bombing-in-the-new-age-of-meetings.aspx

The Reschini Blog: Nursing Home Turnover Presents Fresh Challenges

One of the more obvious ramifications of COVID-19 has been seen in high rates of staff turnover at nursing homes.  But that trend had been in place long before the pandemic, with the median staff turnover at U.S. nursing homes of 94% and a mean rate of 128% in 2017 and 2018, according to industry journal Health Affairs.

Mean rates exceeded 100% across all three primary employee types studied — registered nurses (140.7%), certified nursing assistants (129.1%), and licensed practical nurses (114.1%).

With facilities suffering this rate of turnover, exposure to lawsuits and insurance claims asserting wrongful termination or unsafe on-the-job conditions – especially in the era of pandemic – could escalate.  Take, for example, a claim filed in 2018 that was never pursued to resolution.  The claimant’s attorney picks up the case again in 2021, but the specifics of the situation have been lost to memory and time.

Refuting those challenges becomes difficult, if not impossible, opening the door to financial exposure for the nursing home facility.

Situations like this – which are not as rare as one might think – only serve to emphasize the need for diligent, comprehensive, up-to-date record keeping regarding all employees, their performance records, any disciplinary actions required, and the details of how their employment ends.  Only documentation like this can prevent or limit potential damages being charged to the employer.

An escalating rate of turnover cannot be used as an excuse for substandard record-keeping.

Contact The Reschini Group for information on insurance-related matters affecting your organization.

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Contact The Reschini Group with your questions or concerns regarding a need for Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI).

 


Copyright 2021 The Reschini Group

The Reschini Group provides these updates for information only, and does not provide legal advice.  To make decisions regarding insurance matters, please consult directly with a licensed insurance professional or firm.

Source: https://skillednursingnews.com/2021/03/nursing-homes-have-94-staff-turnover-rate-with-even-higher-churn-at-low-rated-facilities/