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March 2013
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Employment

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that a company violated federal law when it fired an employee for writing offensive and threatening remarks on newsletters in a staff break room.

Background Screening

A federal district court upheld a provision of federal law that makes it illegal for consumer reporting agencies to disclose background check information that is more than seven years old.

Terrorism

A new report explores why terrorist groups die off and whether government intervention can help speed the process. The report also discusses how factors such as the age of the organization can affect its demise.

    Investigations

    The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a company is liable for pretexting undertaken by a third party on the company’s behalf. The court ruled that the company must pay compensatory and punitive damages to the employee who was the target of the investigation.

    Airport Security

    According to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), canine teams are not being effectively used in airports to screen people for explosives. Read the details online.

      Discrimination

      A workplace policy that requires all employees who seek treatment for substance abuse to submit to random drug testing constitutes disability discrimination, according to a New Jersey appeals court. The tests could not be justified by business necessity or for safety reasons and were required of those employees with no history of poor performance.

      Firearms

      According to the Texas Attorney General’s office, state law makes it illegal for employers to prohibit employees from storing handguns in locked, private vehicles.

      Online Pharmacies

      Learn more about what the government and private organizations are doing to combat the growing number of fraudulent online pharmacies.

        Cybersecurity

        The European Union (EU) has released its new cybersecurity strategy. The program calls for each EU member state to set up a computer emergency response team to address hacking and malware incidents.

          Terrorism

          The White House is setting up a new interagency working group to counter online radicalization. The activities of the new group are designed to raise public awareness and give tips for staying safe online.

             




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