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What to do after an employee leaked our algorithm? [closed]

One of my company's internally developed algorithms was published online. It's a complex algorithm that took years to develop, I have a pretty good idea of which employee leaked it based on the team ...
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HIPAA Violations [closed]

I know it is bad for a non-medical HR person or supervisor to give out personal or medical information about an associate, but is it actually a violation of the HIPAA law in the US? I know that HIPAA ...
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Employer spoke about my previous medical leave, have they breached my confidentiality? [closed]

I got hurt at work and have been on the Workpace Safety & Insurance Board (WISB) as a work injury. When I spoke with WSIB, the representative said that my employer mentioned to them a week medical ...
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How to respond when being asked by my manager about a coworkers plan to leave the company? [closed]

Note: This happened to me several years when working in another company, but a similar event reminded me about this (current workplace) A colleague who I have been working with for more than a year ...
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Colleague posted paperwork on group chat [closed]

My colleague posted a photograph of all the paperwork he'd been left to do to our work's group chat. He is now in major trouble with our supervisor because the paperwork had confidential information ...
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May a recently terminated employee share their dismissal letter with others? [closed]

Suppose a recently terminated employee wants to show others a copy of his or her dismissal letter. For example, the reasons given in the letter might be of interest to other employees, or to ...
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Providing work sample to prospect employer from prior employer decades ago

I am interviewing for a business development (BD) role and I was an Electronics/Software Engineer before. The prospective employer notes that most of my recent experience is not relevant (teaching) ...
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Conflict of interest between current and former employer

I recently started working for Company A. One of Company A's suppliers (Company B) employed me for about 5 years but suddenly laid me off around the beginning of this year; my position was eliminated ...
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Why the strict confidentiality clause in a severance agreement? [closed]

I've just left a job, and I am considering the severance agreement offered by the company. If I sign the agreement, I would get another two weeks' salary, on top of the two weeks' salary they have ...
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Confidentiality as a Sub-Sub-Sub-Contractor

I'm a programmer. I work for a small contracting company that indirectly does contract work for a very large company. I was recently contacted by a recruitment company about a position at the very ...
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Someone from HR discussed my salary and bonus with external mutual friend. What should I do?

I've been in a fairly new intimate relationship with someone for the past 2-3 months. I found out recently that she has a friend who works in my HR department. I found this out when she told me that ...