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Companies need to furnish new staff details online to EPFO from October

Companies need to furnish new staff details online to EPFO from October

Finance
NEW DELHI: The formal sector employers will be required to intimate about the details of their new employees online to retirement fund body EPFO from October 1, 2017, an EPFO official said today.The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has decided to do away with filing of Form-9, a declaration by a person (employee) taking up employment in an establishment in which Employees' Pension Scheme is in force, a senior official said.This Form-9 is filed by the formal sector employers manually at present to intimate about their new employees.The body has taken this step in the wake of rapid computerisation in EPFO as an initiative towards Electronic Paper Free Organisation.The official said that since employee master (roll) is available in the system containing all relevant details of th...
Equifax data breach: Credit rating firm replaces key staff

Equifax data breach: Credit rating firm replaces key staff

Technology
US credit report giant Equifax has replaced two senior staff after revealing last week it had suffered a massive data breach.Data on up to 143 million Americans, about 400,000 Britons and a number of Canadians may have been stolen by hackers between mid-May and July.The chief information officer and chief security officer have both stood down.Equifax faces dozens of legal claims over the breach, which the US Federal Trade Commission is investigating.Social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driving licence numbers for up to 143 million Americans were exposed, the Atlanta-based firm says.Credit card numbers for about 209,000 Americans and "certain dispute documents with personal identifying information" for some 182,000 Americans were also accessed by the hackers, it adds.Lenders ...
Companies must tell staff if emails monitored

Companies must tell staff if emails monitored

Technology
Employers must tell staff if their emails and communications are being monitored at work, according to a landmark privacy judgment by the European Court of Human Rights.The Strasbourg court backed a Romanian engineer, Bogdan Barbulescu, who was fired over a decade ago after sending messages to his brother and fiancee using his workplace Yahoo Messenger account.It found the company had infringed Mr Barbulescu's right to privacy by not informing him in advance that it was recording the messages he sent on the account.Some of the messages were described as being "of an intimate nature".Neil Brown, a solicitor at specialist digital law firm Decoded Legal, told Sky News that "in this particular case, the monitoring violated the employee's fundamental rights."However, the judgment recognises tha...
Boots staff 'harassed' by morning-after pill campaigners

Boots staff 'harassed' by morning-after pill campaigners

Health
Boots has accused a pregnancy charity of encouraging the "harassment" of its senior employees in a dispute over the cost of its morning-after pills.Lawyers for Boots said the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) helped supporters to send a "torrent of personal abuse" to members of staff.Members of the public contacted Boots using an online form provided by BPAS.Boots has cut the cost of its emergency contraception following criticism from BPAS and some MPs.The pharmacy said it would offer a £15.99 alternative to Levonelle, which costs £28.25, and a Boots-branded £26.75 pill, from next month.It follows the launch of a "Just Say Non" BPAS campaign in July, which invited people to email senior executives at Boots via an online form.'Vile, nasty'In a letter from law firm Schillings, Boots
Mystery smoke at Russian consulate as staff leave

Mystery smoke at Russian consulate as staff leave

World
Smoke was seen from the Russian consulate in San Francisco under orders to close by the Trump administration.Consulate staff spent Friday hastily loading items into a minivan, trying to clear things from the building before the Saturday deadline set by US President Donald Trump.The order to leave the consulate, which is Russia's oldest in the US, is the latest episode in the diplomatic stand-off between Washington DC and Moscow.Relations between the two have been troubled for some time over the Kremlin's policies towards Ukraine and Syria and, more recently, Russia has been accused of interfering in US elections.But it was the heavy smoke billowing from a chimney at the consulate that caught the attention of reporters, bystanders and the city's fire department.Image:Russian consulate staff...