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Marriott Says New Data Breach Affects 5.2 Million Guests

Marriott says guests’ names, loyalty account information and other personal details may have been accessed in the second major data breach to hit the company in less than two years. Marriott said Tuesday approximately 5.2 million guests worldwide may have …

Insurers Fret as Company Bosses Face Coronavirus Legal Claims

Insurers are increasingly worried about shareholders, employees or customers bringing coronavirus-related claims against company executives and are considering excluding the virus from policies that protect the bosses, industry sources say. Two cases have been filed in the United States in …

Walmart Starts Temperature Checks For Staff in Safety Ramp-Up Against Coronavirus

Walmart Inc said on Tuesday it would start taking the temperature of employees and provide them with masks as it addresses growing safety concerns among retail workers laboring through the coronavirus crisis. The retailer, which is the largest employer in …

Hackers ‘Without Conscience’ Target Health-Care Providers

When hackers broke into computers at Hammersmith Medicines Research, a London-based company that carries out clinical trials for new medicines, it was a nightmare scenario for managing director Malcolm Boyce. The coronavirus crisis was just beginning to take hold in …

Barclays Wins Top Court Ruling Over Doctor’s Sex Abuse

Barclays Plc won a Supreme Court ruling over allegations that a doctor sexually assaulted patients while conducting physicals for the bank more than 30 years ago. The court said Barclays wasn’t financially liable for the assaults, which took place from …

Insurers Back Government Fund for Employers, Workers Hurt by Virus Shutdowns

The property/casualty insurance industry has joined a broad business coalition in supporting and crafting a new federal relief fund for businesses and workers affected by the quarantine and stay-at-home measures necessitated by the coronavirus crisis. The new relief vehicle, the …

Main Street Wig Shop Among New Litigants in COVID Claims Battle

As coronavirus spreads across the country, litigation against insurers for denying claims caused by the pandemic is spreading along with it. A group of Chicago businesses and a Houston-area wig store are the latest litigants to press business-interruption claims against …

Artificial Intelligence Can Help Some Businesses, But Not All

The temptation for businesses to use artificial intelligence and other technology to improve performance, drive down labor costs, and better the bottom line is understandable. But before pursuing automation that could put the jobs of human employees at risk, it …

Zoom Sued for Allegedly Illegally Disclosing Personal Data

Zoom Video Communications Inc. was sued by a user who claims the popular video-conferencing service is illegally disclosing personal information. The company collects information when users install or open the Zoom application and shares it, without proper notice, to third …

Walmart Amps Up Its Virus Response for Workers

Walmart Inc. will provide masks and gloves for its workers and take their temperature before shifts, the latest moves by the nation’s biggest private employer to ensure the safety of its employees as unrest mounts among front-line food retail workers. …

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