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Whistleblowers

- 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.

Eyewitness Accuracy

- Are humans able to reliably match a person’s face with their photograph? A recent study points to a surprising answer.

Employment

- 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.

Hostile Work Environment

- 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.

Terrorism

- A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report found that American flight schools are still giving lessons to people who pose security threats.

Crime Prevention

- See examples of the crime bulletins used by the City Center District, a business improvement district that helps protect a 233-block area of downtown Philadelphia.

Discrimination

- A teacher who was fired from a religious school after she became pregnant out of wedlock may pursue her sex discrimination claim. The court ruled that a jury could reasonably find that the school actually fired the teacher because she was pregnant, rather than because she conceived out of wedlock.

Protected Speech

- A California court has ruled that a bank may not sue a former employee for defamation after the employee posted negative information about the bank on an Internet forum. The court ruled that the postings were “speech in furtherance of the public interest,” because they concerned the business practices of the financial services sector.

Data Theft

- An employee granted unrestricted access to his employer’s computer network cannot be found guilty under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) if he later steals information from his employer, another district court has ruled. The decision agrees with the Ninth Circuit but conflicts with the Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh circuits.

Security Metrics

- See an example of how a security department can come up with reliable and consistent metrics for security. The first step was to develop categories into which incidents could be recorded.

HIPAA

- An appeals court has ruled that an employee does not need to be aware of healthcare privacy laws to be guilty of violating them. The court determined that plaintiffs only needed to know that they obtained the identifiable health information of other people to be guilty of violating HIPAA.  

Weapons

- An employee of the University of Kentucky was wrongfully fired for keeping a firearm in his car on school property, according to the state’s high court. The court ruled that the state’s concealed carry law prohibited the university from firing the employee.

Disaster Preparedness

- A European project aims to model the best responses to disasters. Part of the project is a tool to help first responders and private industry make the best choices in a crisis.
 




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