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December 19, 2013
Today, Target cites evidence from investigators that a data breach extending over a few weeks, beginning Black Friday through December 15, 2013, potentially compromised debit and credit cards used in nearly all of their 1,797 stores in the United States. Target is partnering with a forensics firm to investigate the matter further, but the unknown number of customers affected by this payment card breach could possibly rank as the largest in history. Target CEO, Gregg Steinhafel, made a statement this morning regarding maintaining trust in the brand:
“Target’s first priority is preserving the trust of our guests and we have moved swiftly to address this issue, so guests can shop with confidence. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. We take this matter very seriously and are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice.”

Karen Cassella, Executive Vice President of CBIZ Security & Advisory Services, LLC, recommends taking the following steps if you are concerned that your information may have been hacked:

1. Find out exactly what information was stolen

2. Cancel your credit/debit cards that were compromised immediately (if you're bank didn't do so automatically)

3. Monitor your credit and debit card transactions daily and watch for any unauthorized changes

4. Talk with your bank representative to see what they can do 5. Pull your free credit reports

Visit www.cbiz.com/pci for more information regarding CBIZ Security & Advisory Services, LLC and contact Karen Cassella (kcassella@cbiz.com) at (901) 685-5575 or email the CBIZ SAS team at pci@cbiz.com.    




December 12, 2013

News last week that two major U.S. companies had violated export control statutes should be warning enough to any business that the U.S. government is serious about enforcing cross-border trade laws and regulations.

In the first case, Weatherford International, a major energy industry company, and four of its subsidiaries were fined $100 million for export control and sanctions violations. The government found that executives, managers, or employees on multiple occasions participated in, directed, approved, and facilitated prohibited transactions and the conduct of its various subsidiaries. Specifically, the businesses had exported or re-exported oil and gas drilling equipment to, and conducted business operations in, sanctioned countries without the required U.S. Government authorizations between 1998 and 2007.

This news arrived almost simultaneously to that of another major company's export control problems. The former export compliance officer at Honeywell International, Inc. was administratively debarred from participating in any activities that are subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) for violations of the Arms Export Controls Act (AECA) and the ITAR. The company itself avoided sanctions by voluntarily disclosing the violations to the U.S. State Department’s Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance. According to the government, the employee falsified export license authorizations which resulted in the company exporting defense articles, including technical data, and provided defense services to various foreign persons without Department approval in violation of the AECA and ITAR.

As these two cases demonstrate, the "we've got someone on top of that" and "it's not broke, so no need to fix" arguments do little to advance understanding and transparency in what is becoming an increasingly significant source of revenue for many U.S. companies: international operations. Understanding the obligations with which your company must comply under international trade and customs laws and regulations can be a burdensome task. If your company is involved in interactional sourcing, manufacturing and/or distribution activities, we’d be pleased to help. A few of our value-added services include export control compliance program development, reviews or assessments, and staff & management training.

For more information, please contact Mark Ludwig of Variant Advisors* at mludwig@variantadvisors.com or tel. 305-213-8775, or John Archer of CBIZ MHM LLC at jarcher@cbiz.com or tel. 305.503.4229. *Outside of the Big Four, and through its relationship with Variant Advisors, CBIZ is unique among other major national professional services firm by offering these value-added solutions.




December 9, 2013

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CBIZ MHM Memphis is thrilled to announce our selection as one of The Commercial Appeal's Top Workplaces. The Top Workplaces is a list of the best places to work in the Memphis metro area, which is determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. Our office had 90% of our employees complete the survey - one of the highest response rates out of all companies participating. We are honored to have been selected for the award, particularly as the judges were our employees! Here are just a couple of our employee comments:

"I appreciate that the management team seems to care a lot about giving everyone a life/work balance."

"I love the extra things they do to make the employees feel appreciated."

CBIZ employees attended the Top Workplaces awards banquet held at Hilton Memphis on December 4, 2013. CBIZ MHM Memphis was recognized alongside 49 other companies as a sought after workplace in the Memphis metro area. To see the full list of Memphis Top Workplaces click here. Interested in working for us? To explore career opportunities at CBIZ, visit www.cbiz.jobs/



December 3, 2013

The Memphis office of CBIZ MHM is proud to recognize Karen Cassella for her completion of the Susan G. Komen (SGK) 3-Day, a 60-mile walk throughout the course of three days, in the effort to fight against breast cancer. 

The walk was held in San Diego, CA, November 15-17, with walkers supporting the continued theme, “We Will Never Give Up.” Karen celebrates her 3-year anniversary as a breast cancer survivor, and completed the 60-mile walk for the third time with her husband, Nick Cassella. With the help of friends and family, Karen surpassed her goal of raising $5,000. Half of her donations came from her CBIZ friends/colleagues through our local 'Think Pink' week as well as online donations. Together, Karen and Nick were able to raise $9,000 in combined donations for her team. 

Karen's first 3-Day walk took place in July 2011, just six months after she completed her chemo treatments, at the Boston 3-Day. As a result, Karen started a Bucket List and added ‘Participate in the SGK 60-mile walk every year’ as its first item. Her time spent at the 3-Day walk was an amazing experience. Karen hopes to remind others that every 74 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer. The San Diego 3-Day Walk net proceeds are invested in breast cancer research and community programs.




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