11/29/2011 - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new directive on workplace violence. In the directive, OSHA advises companies to form a multidisciplinary team to draft a workplace violence prevention program.
Beyond Print: Drug Control
11/29/2011 - Medical marijuana law does not apply to private employers and does not protect employees from being fired for drug use, according to a ruling by the Washington Supreme Court. One judge dissented, arguing that the law should be rewritten.
11/29/2011 - At a recent hearing on “Cyber Threats and Ongoing Efforts to Protect the Nation,” members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence focused attention on China. Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) noted that cyber theft by the Chinese government is a particularly thorny problem because the activities are targeting U.S. companies rather than the U.S. government.
11/29/2011 - In another case that proves honesty is the best policy, a court rules that an employee may not sue his employer for a violation of the Family Medical Leave Act because he lied about his condition. The employee, who was suffering from bipolar disorder, took time off, claiming to be ill with prostate cancer. After the deception was revealed, the employee was fired. The appellate court noted that the employee’s leave would have been covered under the act had he told the truth.
11/29/2011 - An employee may not pursue his disability discrimination lawsuit against his company because he presented another person’s Social Security number as his own when he was hired. A California appeals court ruled that the company was not liable for the disability claims because the man would never have been hired had the company known he was using a stolen Social Security number.
Beyond Print: Best Practices \ Case Studies
10/28/2011 - ASIS International is developing a standard to help guide private security contractors operating in areas with weakened rule of law. Learn more about the standard as well as other related private security guidelines online.
Beyond Print: Guards \ Security Officers
10/28/2011 - Two American citizens who were tortured by the U.S. government can proceed with their lawsuit against the United States and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, says a federal appeals court.
Beyond Print: Food Safety
10/28/2011 - In light of a new federal law overhauling the nation’s food safety program, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has outlined its new regulatory strategy for increasing the safety of imported food. Also, the FDA released its five-year plan to guide the agency through its expanding priorities for protecting public health. See both documents for details.
Beyond Print: Workplace Violence
10/28/2011 - ASIS International and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) have issued a joint ASIS/SHRM Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention American National Standard aimed at helping organizations implement policies and practices to more quickly identify threatening behavior and violence affecting the workplace.
Beyond Print: Investigations
10/28/2011 - A trial court judge has ruled that a plaintiff does not have to “friend” opposing counsel to allow access to photos on her Facebook account. The judge ruled that the photos could be provided to the defense but that providing access to the private Facebook account as a method of discovery was an invasion of privacy.
Beyond Print: Drug Control
10/28/2011 - Prison officials are protected from liability for using technology to search visitors for drugs. In the case, a prison facility scanned visitors for drugs using a portable ion scanning machine. Individuals who were screened argued that the scan violated their Fourth Amendment rights but the appellate court disagreed, ruling that the machine was not intrusive.
Beyond Print: Airport Security
10/28/2011 - A federal court has ruled against a group of 19 airlines that claimed the U.S. government overcharged them for passenger screening. The lawsuit concerned fees for 2000, which the TSA said were $420 million. Airlines argued that the amount was actually $305 million. The court ruled that TSA’s figures were reasonable.
Beyond Print: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
10/28/2011 - A Government Accountability Office report evaluates the Department of Homeland Security’s progress in implementing its homeland security programs.