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GENERAL GUIDANCE ON LEGAL ISSUES RELATED TO COVID-19 AND PRIVACY AND DATA SECURITY FOR U.S. COMPANIES[1]

With the significant recent healthcare, employment and financial services legislation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the almost daily updates and guidance, the sea-change in privacy and data security law of the past few years seems like a distant memory.  There are, however, a number of important privacy and data security issues of which U.S. companies should be aware, particularly in the areas of employment, compliance with security standards, and vendor management.   The following shares guidance and insight into common issues that can arise.


Chambers & Partners Recognizes Moore & Van Allen Attorneys and Practices in 2020 USA Guide
(April 2020)

Moore & Van Allen is pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners has ranked eight firm practice groups and 26 firm attorneys in the 2020 edition of its legal directory Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business released on April 23.


GENERAL GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS ON LEGAL ISSUES RELATED TO COVID-19

Employers across the country are facing unique and unprecedented challenges in responding to workforce issues in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The law is changing quickly to address issues presented by the spread of COVID-19. The following shares guidance and insight into common workplace issues that can arise in response.


Karin McGinnis served as a guest speaker for IAPP Charlotte KnowledgeNet Chapter program
(April 2020)

Charlotte Privacy and Data Security Member Karin McGinnis served as a guest speaker for the IAPP Charlotte KnowledgeNet Chapter program titled, "COVID-19: Employment Privacy and Security Issues" on April 1. During this virtual meeting which was hosted by Charlotte Privacy and Data Security Counsel Tandy Mathis, McGinnis joined other data security and privacy experts discussing how to enable employee social distancing with secure work-from-home capabilities, but keep threats at bay. This meeting also discussed both the U.S. and global perspectives on employee health and privacy considerations regarding health screening, pre-screening before return to work, geolocation tracking and geofencing for contagion management. ​


Karin McGinnis will serve as panelist for WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium
(February 2020)

Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Member Karin McGinnis will serve as a panelist for the WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium which will take place March 9 in Charlotte, NC. The WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium will highlight presentations and panels moderated by Wall Street Journal editors and journalists in which experts in cybersecurity and business will share their insights and experiences on how to start understanding your cyber risk, what to do if you’re hacked, where to find cost-effective cybersecurity, how to give large-company partners confidence in your cybersecurity, and more.


MVA hosted Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Program
(February 2020)

MVA hosted the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) program on February 13 titled, "Mischief Managed: Best Practices in Developing a Crisis Response Program". Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Members Karin McGinnis and Todd Taylor joined other legal and industry experts to present the best practices in both (a) the development of a cyber/data security crisis response program, and (b) implementing that program when faced with a cyber/data security incident.


Thirty Moore & Van Allen attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers
(January 2020)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys have been named to the 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers list and seven attorneys were named to the 2020 North Carolina Rising Stars list. Additionally, members Valecia McDowell and Karin McGinnis were named to the “Top 50” list of Women North Carolina Super Lawyers, and McDowell was named to the “Top 25” list of Charlotte Super Lawyers and the “Top 100” list of North Carolina Super Lawyers. The lawyer rating service will publish this year’s survey findings in both North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine and Charlotte magazine in February.


MVA Attorneys recognized by Business North Carolina's 2020 Legal Elite
Business North Carolina, (January 2020)

Moore & Van Allen is pleased to announce that 10 attorneys were included in Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite.


Data Points Privacy & Data Security Law Blog: California Consumer Privacy Act Update: California Legislature Provides Relief for Businesses Processing Employee Data
(October 2019)

Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Member Karin McGinnis published the Data Points Blog titled, “California Consumer Privacy Act Update: California Legislature Provides Relief for Businesses Processing Employee Data”.


Moore & Van Allen earns 11th consecutive Benchmark Litigation recognitions
(October 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that it has been ranked as a “recommended” firm for both litigation and employment in North Carolina in the latest editions of Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Litigation Labor and Employment. This is the 11th consecutive year in which MVA has earned Benchmark recognitions.


MVA advises Capital Vision Services during acquisition
(September 2019)

Moore & Van Allen’s client Capital Vision Services, LP (“CVS”), manager of the MyEyeDr. optometry practices, was acquired by the merchant-banking division of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. from Altas Partners LP and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec on August 29.


Best Lawyers® recognizes 83 Moore & Van Allen attorneys
10 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year” across various practices in Charlotte, (August 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that 83 attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. Additionally, 10 attorneys from the firm’s Charlotte office were selected for Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions.


Karin McGinnis profiled in North Carolina Lawyer
(May 2019)

As the North Carolina Bar Association prepared to celebrate and explore wellness at its Annual Meeting in June, the editors of North Carolina Lawyer magazine offered a few examples of NCBA members who are excelling at living healthy lives. Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Member Karin McGinnis was one of the few NCBA members to be featured.


McGinnis Panelist for 2019 Charlotte-Metro ISSA Summit
(May 2019)

Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Member Karin McGinnis served as a panelist for the 2019 ISSA Conference: How the Changing Privacy Law Landscape Impacts Information Security Professionals that was held May 2 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The panelists discussed specifically the impacts of the expanding definition of personal information, the expanding obligations to maintain reasonable security measures and the expanding rights of data subjects.


Moore & Van Allen Attorneys and Practices Recognized in 2019 Chambers & Partners Guide
(April 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners has ranked seven firm practice groups and 26 firm attorneys in the 2019 edition of its legal directory Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.


McGinnis quoted in TechTarget
TechTarget, (April 2019)

Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Member Karin McGinnis was quoted in the TechTarget article, “Data breach legislation proposes jail time for CIO, HR execs” which was published April 8. The article discusses how data breaches caused by negligence may lead to jail time for corporate executives under legislation introduced last week by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.


Thirty Four Moore & Van Allen Attorneys Named by Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers, (January 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that 24 attorneys have been named to Super Lawyers’ 2019 list of top attorneys in North Carolina, and 10 attorneys were named to Super Lawyer’s 2019 Rising Stars list. These attorneys represent the firm’s Charlotte office. The lawyer rating service will publish this year’s survey findings in its Super Lawyers Magazine.


MVA Attorneys recognized by Business North Carolina's 2019 Legal Elite
(January 2019)

Moore & Van Allen is pleased to announce that 13 attorneys were included in Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite.


McGinnis NC State Bar Certified Specialist in Privacy and Data Security
(December 2018)

Charlotte Litigation Member Karin McGinnis has been designated as a North Carolina State Bar Certified Specialist in Privacy and Data Security Law.


Moore & Van Allen earns 10th consecutive Benchmark Litigation recognitions
(November 2018)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that it has been ranked as a “recommended” firm for both litigation and employment in North Carolina in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation. The 2019 edition of the guide marks the 10th consecutive year in which MVA has earned Benchmark Litigation recognitions.


McGinnis Quoted in Law 360 Article
(September 26, 2018)

Charlotte Privacy and Data Security Member Karin McGinnis was quoted in Law 360 on September 20.


Best Lawyers® Recognizes 69 Moore & Van Allen Attorneys
(August 2018)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that 69 attorneys representing each of the Firm’s three offices were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019.


McGinnis to Present at Globalaw’s 2018 European Regional Meeting
(April 2018)

Charlotte Privacy and Data Security Member Karin McGinnis will be speaking at Globalaw’s 2018 European Regional Meeting on April 19 in Rome, Italy. Her presentation will cover the challenges, opportunities and pitfalls of the General Data Protection Regulation, changing the legal framework of data privacy in the European Union and the data transfer to Non-EU Countries.


McGinnis and Mathis Present to WiE
(February 2018)

Charlotte Privacy and Data Security Member Karin McGinnis and Attorney Tandy Mathis presented to the Charlotte Chapter of Women in eDiscovery (WiE) on February 26 in the Charlotte Office.


MVA Hosts Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Luncheon
(February 2018)

Moore & Van Allen's Charlotte office hosted the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Charlotte Chapter's CLE luncheon at the Charlotte City Club on February 21.


McGinnis Presented with CBJ Women in Business Award
(February 2018)

The Charlotte Business Journal awarded  Employment & Labor/ Litigation/ Privacy and Data Security Member Karin McGinnis with a 2018 Women in Business Achievement Award at the Women in Business Awards event on February 12.  McGinnis was also profiled in the CBJ’s Women in Business Special Report on February 16. 


McGinnis Publishes Data Points Blog Post
(February 2018)

Charlotte Privacy and Data Security Member Karin McGinnis published a new Data Points blog post titled, “Two Proposed Data Security Laws Reflect National Trend Toward Affirmative Responsibilities” on February 6. The post discusses North Carolina and South Carolina’s recent legislative proposals that impose data security obligations on companies as part of their identity theft statutes.


Best Lawyers® Recognizes 71 Moore & Van Allen Attorneys
(January 2018)

Moore & Van Allen is pleased to announce that 71 attorneys representing each of the Firm’s offices were listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018.


MVA Attorneys Recognized by Business North Carolina's 2018 Legal Elite
(January 2018)

Moore & Van Allen is pleased to announce that six attorneys were included in Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite. Since 2002, Business North Carolina magazine has honored North Carolina attorneys by publishing Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in 14 business-related categories. The attorneys selected are considered by their peers to be the top practitioners in their respective fields. Click here to view the complete 2018 list of honorees.


41 Moore & Van Allen attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers
(January 2018)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that 28 attorneys have been named to Super Lawyers’ 2018 list of top attorneys in North Carolina, and 13 attorneys were named to Super Lawyer’s 2018 Rising Stars list. These attorneys represent the firm’s Charlotte and Research Triangle offices.


McGinnis Receives 2018 CBJ Women in Business Achievement Award
(December 2017)

Moore & Van Allen is pleased to announce that Charlotte Litigation/Privacy/Employment & Labor Member Karin McGinnis was named a 2018 recipient of the Charlotte Business Journal’s Women in Business Achievement Award.


MVA Represents Compact Power Equipment, Inc., in Acquisition by The Home Depot
(August 2017)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC attorney Michael E. Zeller led the team representing Compact Power Equipment, Inc. in a definitive purchase agreement with The Home Depot® for $265 million in cash. The transaction closed on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. In addition to Michael E. Zeller, other MVA attorneys involved in the deal included Daniel L. Johnson, Jr., Arlene Hanks, Peter McGrath, Karin McGinnis, Nathaniel Smith and Michael Tarwater, Jr.


MVA Hosts Seminar on How to Talk to the FBI and Your IT Department about a Data Breach
(2017)

The Privacy and Data Security Team hosted a seminar part of their 2017 series titled, “How to Talk to the FBI and Your IT Department about a Data Breach,” on May 24. The seminar kicked-off with Privacy and Data Security Member Karin McGinnis and Member Ben Fryer discussing how responding to a data breach requires clear communication with a web of internal and external groups.


Moore & Van Allen Attorneys and Practices Recognized in 2017 Chambers & Partners Guide
(May 2017)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners has ranked seven firm practice groups and 24 firm attorneys in the 2017 edition of its legal directory Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.


Thirty Seven Moore & Van Allen Attorneys Named by Super Lawyers
(January 2017)

Best Lawyers® Recognizes 74 Moore & Van Allen Attorneys
(August 16, 2016)

McGinnis Published by LegalTech News
(March 2016)

Thirty-nine Moore & Van Allen Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers
(January 2016)

McGinnis and Fryer Present at Globalaw Client Seminar
Protecting Information While Employing Workers Overseas, Charlotte, NC, (October 23, 2015)

Best Lawyers Recognizes 76 Moore & Van Allen Attorneys
(August 17, 2015)

Seventy-six attorneys representing each of Moore & Van Allen's three offices were listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.


MVA Attorneys and Practices Recognized in Latest Chambers and Partners Guide
(May 28, 2015)

Forty-three Moore & Van Allen Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers
(January 2015)

Forty-three total MVA attorneys were named to either Super Lawyers’ 2015 list of top attorneys in North Carolina, or the 2015 Rising Stars list.


McGinnis & Allen Recognized by ATHENA
(November 2014)

Ann McMillin Allen and Karin McGinnis were named to the list of final nominees for the 2014 ATHENA Leadership Awards.


Privacy & Data Security Blog Offers “Data Points”
Firm’s Privacy & Data Security team launches blog to keep businesses informed of prominent rulings and trends, (October 2014)

Moore & Van Allen’s Privacy & Data Security team has launched the blog “Data Points.”


McGinnis Discusses EEOC Lawsuit
HR Compliance Bulletin, (October 2014)

Charlotte Member Karin McGinnis was quoted in HR Compliance Bulletin's spotlight article.


McGinnis Named Second Harvest Board of Directors Chair
(September 2014)

Karin McGinnis was elected to serve as the Second Harvest Board of Directors Chair.


Moore & Van Allen Invests in Success of Queen City Forward Entrepreneurs
Firm aligns resources to support and cement partnership with growing business incubator entity, (August 2014)

McGinnis Discusses Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center
Law360, (June 2014)

Karin McGinnis was quoted in Law360's article about the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center.


MVA Practices & Attorneys Among Chambers’ Finest
(June 2014)

Chambers & Partners recognized eight MVA practice groups and 28 MVA attorneys in their 2014 guide.


Jeter & McGinnis Address FTC Enforcement Actions
InsideCounsel, (April 2014)

Charlotte Associate Breana Jeter and Member Karin McGinnis published a piece on recent FTC actions in InsideCounsel.


Eleven Attorneys Named to 2013 Pro Bono Honor Roll
(April 2014)

Eleven MVA attorneys were named to the Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners Program 2013 Honor Roll.


MVA & Piedmont Natural Gas Observe Bar Association Legal Feeding Frenzy at Second Harvest
(March 2014)

MVA & Piedmont Natural Gas partnered to stuff backpacks in support of Second Harvest Food Bank and the 2014 Legal Feeding Frenzy.


McGinnis' Advice on Reducing Liability Republished
Employment Law Strategist, (November 2013)

Charlotte Employment & Labor Member Karin McGinnis was published by Employment Law Strategist.


McGinnis Shares Advice on Reducing Liability When Hiring
Corporate Counsel, (October 2013)

Member Karin McGinnis' article on how to safely hire a competitor's employee was published in Corporate Counsel.


McGinnis Speaks to ADA Claims
Employment Alert, (August 2013)

Member Karin McGinnis addresses ADA-ready job descriptions in Employment Alert.


McGinnis & Zaloom Address FLSA Ruling
Law360, (April 2013)

Employment Members Karin McGinnis and John Zaloom provided Law360 with insight on why the Genesis HealthCare Corp. et al. v. Laura Symczyk 5-4 ruling was significant.


Member Comments on Employee Religious Accommodations
McGinnis addresses Chenzira v. Cincinnati Children’s Hosp. Medical Center
Employment Alert, (March 2013)

Karin McGinnis comments on employee requests for religious accommodations in Employment Alert.


McGinnis & Cole Represent MVA at Fast 50 Functions
(December 2012)

Karin McGinnis and Kate Cole represented MVA at 2012 Fast 50 celebrations. Congratulations to this year's honorees!


McGinnis Published in Corporate Board Member
(November 2012)

Employment & Labor Member Karin McGinnis has authored an article for Corporate Board Member.


Zaloom and McGinnis Give Tips on Drafting Covenants
(August 2012)

Employment & Labor Members John Zaloom and Karin McGinnis have completed their series on InsideCounsel.com with their sixth article.


Zaloom and McGinnis Advise on How to Avoid Problems with Ex-Employees
(July 2012)

Employment & Labor Members John Zaloom and Karin McGinnis have contributed their fifth article to InsideCounsel.com.


McGinnis and Zaloom Discuss EEOC in 4th InsideCounsel.com Article
(July 2012)

Employment & Labor Members Karin McGinnis and John Zaloom's 4th article has been published on InsideCounsel.com.


McGinnis Named As NCLW Leaders in the Law
(July 2012)

Employment & Labor Member Karin McGinnis has been named one of NC Lawyers Weekly's Leaders in the Law for 2012.


Zaloom and McGinnis Advise on How to Avoid Trouble with DOL
(July 2012)

Employment & Labor Members John Zaloom and Karin McGinnis have contributed their third article to InsideCounsel.com as part of their six article series with the online publication.


McGinnis and Fryer Article Featured on InsideCounsel.com
(June 2012)

Employment and Labor Attorneys Karin McGinnis and Benjamin Fryer have co-authored an article featured on InsideCounsel.com.


McGinnis and Zaloom Published on InsideCounsel.com
(June 2012)

Employment & Labor Members Karin McGinnis and John Zaloom recently contributed an article to InsideCounsel.com.


McGinnis Covers Legalities of Video Surveillance
Employment Alert, (February 2012)

Employment & Labor and Privacy & Data Security Member Karin McGinnis discusses laws pertaining to video surveillance.


McGinnis Discusses "Social Media Conundrum"
Origination News, (July 2011)

Karin McGinnis was quoted in Origination News discussing employers' social media policies.


2011 Legal Elite recognizes 20 MVA attorneys
(January 2011)

Moore & Van Allen (MVA) is pleased to announce that 20 attorneys were included in Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite.


Three MVA Attorneys Selected as "Women Extraordinaire"
(November 18, 2010)

MVA attorneys Karin McGinnis, Valecia McDowell and Arlene Hanks have all been selected as a 2010 Business Leader Women Extraordinaire honoree.


Employment & Labor Member Discusses Employee Internet Regulations
Society for Human Resource Management, (August 2010)

Member Karin McGinnis discusses how Pentagon case exemplifies need for employee internet regulations.


Karin McGinnis & Rob Fisher Publish CBJ Article
(April 16, 2010)

Litigation and employment attorney Karin McGinnis and taxation attorney Rob Fisher co-author a CBJ article.


Nineteen Moore & Van Allen Attorneys Recognized as Legal Elite
(January 2010)

Nineteen Moore & Van Allen attorneys have been ranked among the state’s top lawyers on the Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite list.


Fifteen Moore & Van Allen Attorneys Named Legal Elite
Business North Carolina Magazine, 2008, (January 22, 2008)

Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite names 15 MVA attorneys.


McGinnis Published in Labor & Employment Book

McGinnis authored a chapter for an Inside the Minds' book on labor and employment litigation.


McGinnis' Latest Article Published in Law360

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