Beyond Print: Legal Issues
01/30/2012 - New York’s high court has ruled that The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is immune from liability for the 1993 World Trade Center (WTC) bombing. According to the court, the port authority was acting in a “governmental capacity” at the time of the bombing and, thus, has legal immunity.
Schools: Legal Issues
12/20/2011 - A university did not violate a mortuary science student’s rights to free speech when it sanctioned her for writing that she wanted to “stab a certain someone in the throat” on her Facebook page. The court found that the student’s posts could be construed as serious threats and that the university had the right to address potentially threatening conduct.
Law Enforcement: Legal Issues
12/20/2011 - A federal appeals court has ruled that police officers in two separate incidents engaged in unreasonable force when discharging their Tasers. However, because case law was not established at the time of the incidents, the officers are protected from liability.
Legal Issues: Legal Issues
12/20/2011 - The New Jersey Supreme Court has handed down a list of new rules regarding the admission of eyewitness testimony in court. Read the full ruling online.
Legal Issues: Workplace Violence
12/20/2011 - A female neurosurgeon has been awarded $1.6 million in damages on a hostile work environment claim. The jury found that the surgeon was belittled by a male colleague, who called her “a little girl,” and asked whether she could really perform a “big operation.”
Homeland Security: Terrorism
12/20/2011 - Read the federal indictment against alleged terrorist Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari. The would-be terrorist planned to blow up high-profile targets, including nuclear power plants. Aldawsari’s alleged plot was disrupted by the FBI’s Operation Tripwire program.
Telecommunications: Integrated Systems
12/20/2011 - Social media creates a revolutionary tool for communicating information, gaining situational awareness, and forging networks of mutual aid during a disaster, asserts the Center for National Policy in a new report.
The Workplace: Legal Issues
12/20/2011 - An assistant manager’s refusal to return the calls of an employee out on medical leave is sufficient to support a case of retaliation under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In the case, an employee out on FMLA leave put in weekly calls to her assistant manager to provide an update. The manager never returned the calls and the employee was fired for not returning to work as agreed. The district court found that the failure to return calls indicated an “antagonistic attitude.”
Beyond Print: Surveillance
12/20/2011 - Find out more about this inexpensive surveillance application that lets users view live Web cam footage from an Apple device.
Beyond Print: Border Security
11/29/2011 - A bill (H.R. 915) that is designed to improve security along the U.S. border with Mexico, has been approved by the House. Homeland Security Committee. The House of Representatives has not announced whether it will take up the measure. The bill would require that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) establish a border enforcement security task force that would facilitate collaboration among federal, state, local, tribal, and foreign law enforcement agencies. These groups would share information and launch coordinated crime reduction activities.
11/29/2011 - Of the nearly 4,000 miles of border between the United States and Canada, only 32 are adequately secured, according to the Government Accountability Office.
11/29/2011 - The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) make several changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which enforces the ADA, has issued regulations to reflect the changes made by the ADAAA. Find out what the ADAAA does and how the EEOC interprets the new law.
Beyond Print: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
11/29/2011 - The Rad Resilient City Fallout Preparedness Checklist is a tool for designing and implementing a fallout preparedness program for cities and their partners. Based on the latest federal guidance and technical reports, it was developed to help public officials protect citizens from exposure in a radiological event.