SM Online: Access Control
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.
SM Online: Workplace Violence
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.
SM Online: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
11/30/2012 - The Texas Pandemic Flu Toolkit provides a variety of resources for emergency planners. The software offerings can help officials track a pandemic and allocate resources.
SM Online: Legal Issues
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.
Healthcare: Workplace Violence
09/28/2012 - See an example of the Violent Incident Report devised by the security department at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Security asks employees to fill out the report each time they encounter aggressive behavior in the hospital.
SM Online: Travel Security
09/28/2012 - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration neither adequately tracks nor corrects security breaches at U.S. airports, concludes a report.
SM Online: IT Security
09/28/2012 - The defendant in a trade secrets lawsuit must pay $73,000 in sanctions after destroying computer data and hard drives shortly after being ordered to preserve evidence, rules a U.S. district court.
SM Online: IT Security
09/28/2012 - Sandia National Laboratories has opened the Cybersecurity Technologies Research Laboratory, where cybersecurity professionals can meet and discuss critical issues. Watch this video to learn more about the center.
The Workplace: Workplace Violence
09/28/2012 - The whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that prohibit retaliation against employees do not apply to workers outside of the United States, according to a federal judge’s ruling.
09/28/2012 - Are humans able to reliably match a person’s face with their photograph? A recent study points to a surprising answer.
09/28/2012 - The U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that an employee fired for protected activity may not be reinstated when he later engages in misconduct. In the case, an employee who had been fired for distributing a letter critical of management lost his right to reinstatement after he accosted a former coworker and verbally abused her.
09/28/2012 - A federal appeals court has ruled that evidence of repeated racial slurs and inappropriate jokes over the course of a year is sufficient to support a hostile-work-environment claim.
09/28/2012 - A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report found that American flight schools are still giving lessons to people who pose security threats.