12/19/2012 - An employee who downloaded confidential documents before going to a competitor did not violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The law, ruled the court, applies to those who access data without authorization.
11/30/2012 - Examining the response to the April 2011 southwest tornado event, the United States Fire Administration benchmarks what best practices fire departments and emergency medical services should have in place when disaster strikes.
11/30/2012 - The Federal Trade Commission has released a report on facial recognition technology. The report, Facing Facts: Best Practices for Common Uses of Facial Recognition Technologies, is designed to help companies use innovative products without violating employee or consumer privacy.
11/30/2012 - The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a Website containing the Worksite Flexibility Toolkit to provide information on workplace flexibility. Announced to coincide with National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the site contains links to 172 sources, including legislation, case studies, fact sheets, reports, and news articles.
11/30/2012 - A factsheet from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission offers guidance to employers on how to apply employment discrimination laws to victims of domestic violence. The factsheet offers scenarios and examples of how companies might unintentionally run afoul of federal law.
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09/28/2012 - A U.S. district court has refused to dismiss a case in which the plaintiff, a night club owner, argued that his “friends” lists from Facebook and MySpace are trade secrets under the law. The court ruled that the plaintiff took reasonable steps to protect the information in question.