Cybersecurity Matters for Every Business | HR Compliance and Concerns


eESI Week’s Best: This week, we take a detailed look at cybersecurity because somebody has to. (We’re talking to you Equifax.) Plus, the latest HR-related regulatory moves and court rulings.

Millions of people and unknown dollars: Protecting your business and your customers against cyberattacks is an essential function for modern-day businesses. Nonetheless, Equifax let the password out of the bag and earned themselves this TheNextWeb featured story, 143 Million US Consumers’ Data Stolen in Equifax Breach.  

What went wrong?

Mashable shares the details in  You’ll Never Guess What Equifax Used as a Password (Because it’s Way Worse Than You Think).

Not everyone pays sufficient attention to cybersecurity. But you can.

Many publishers regularly share tips on how small businesses — and big ones, too — can protect themselves and their customers from security breaches.

Offering his tips in The Equifax Data Breach Reminds Small Businesses to Guard Against Cybercrime, Rohit Arora advises small businesses to hire an expert and take advantage of cloud-based services to enhance their cybersecurity efforts.

Then, there’s this helpful article, 7 Passwords Not to Use at Your Small Business by The Hartford View, writing for Inc. In case you’re wondering, we’d put “admin” under the category “simple dictionary words” since there is no “we shouldn’t even have to say this” category.


How to Know If You Were Affected?  And, What now?

If you want to check to see if you were affected by the Equifax breach, the company has established a web page just for that. Here’s the official statement:

We have established a dedicated website,, to help consumers determine if their information has been potentially impacted and to sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection, which we are offering complimentary for one year to all U.S. consumers.

The offering, called TrustedID Premier, includes 3-Bureau credit monitoring of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit reports; copies of Equifax credit reports; the ability to lock and unlock Equifax credit reports; identity theft insurance; and Internet scanning for Social Security numbers. This is a comprehensive portfolio of services.*

We have established a dedicated call center at 866-447-7559 to assist consumers. The call center is open every day (including weekends) from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Eastern Time.


HR compliance in the face of challenges and changes.

What is happening with overtime? This story has more twists and turns than an autumn corn maze. SHRM breaks it down for you from start to finish in Lisa Nagele-Piazza’s article, What’s Next for the Federal Overtime Rule?

As if the overtime changes weren’t enough confusion for one quarter, the Justice Department has just announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. To find out what that means for your organization and its employees, read In Focus: What Does Unwinding DACA Mean for HR? published by SHRM.

When does the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) come into play and what is a reasonable accommodation?  Not knowing the answers to these questions can be costly for small businesses.’s Jared Bilski offers guidance in his article, A 5-part Checklist That Works for Any ADA Accommodation Request.

In the News!

Kudos to Ace Hardware – Gulf Coast Hardware management and our eESI team (Melissa, Cheryl, Norma, Iris, Elizabeth, Esme and Robert) for a successful collaboration with a recent job fair at their Rockport store.  It is a tremendous feeling to help support a valued partner client and assist in the overall rebuilding of the Rockport community they serve. Continued success to all!