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.”
SM Online: Surveillance
12/20/2011 - Find out more about this inexpensive surveillance application that lets users view live Web cam footage from an Apple device.
SM Online: 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.
SM Online: 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.
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.
SM Online: 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.