Celebrating Juneteenth

​Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1865. On this date, Major General Gordon Granger and Union troops of the American Civil War reached Galveston, Texas with news of the Civil War’s end and that the enslaved were now free. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Learn more about the history of Juneteenth here. (While this article mentions that Juneteenth is not yet a federal holiday, President Biden signed a bill on June 17, 2021 to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.)At Big I NY, we believe our industry has a place for everyone. Our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity includes our…

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Industry Roundup: June 17, 2021

​The Rise of C​​​yber C​artelsGangs of cyber criminals are organizing themselves along the lines of drug cartels and changing their strategy of attack in order to keep ahead of authorities' efforts to stamp them out. These cartels are formed to execute ransomware campaigns collaboratively, expanding hackers' playbooks to include so-called “double extortion," data exfiltration and data modification.​Lawmakers Criticize Colonial ​​Pipeline for Cyber WeaknessUS lawmakers criticized Colonial Pipeline Co.'s cybersecurity practices as the company's chief executive officer faced his second day of questioning on Capitol Hill. “If your pipeline provides fuel to 45% of the East Coast, why are you only hardening systems after an attack?…

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Marijuana Legalization and Its Impact on the Workplace

​By Paige McAllister, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President for Compliance – Affinity HR Group, Inc.Marijuana is now legal in some form in 35 states and Washington, D.C. with 7 additional states having decriminalized marijuana possession and 2 states legalizing CBD oil use. (You can find the current status of marijuana legality in your state here.)     Many experts expect the continued expansion of legalization of various forms.  Much like alcohol, no law requires employers to allow employees to use or be under the influence of marijuana at work. However, unlike alcohol, testing for the presence of marijuana presents a problem because it can be detected for much…

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