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Vicarious Liability

- The Supreme Court of California has ruled that a student who was sexually abused by his high school guidance counselor may pursue his liability claim against the school district. The court ruled that the district may be held vicariously liable if it failed to adequately supervise the counselor.


- This online-only feature explores the effects of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the contract security guard industry.

Electronic Devices

- The Symantec Honey Stick Project lost smartphones on purpose to see what people did when they found them. The finders searched personal and business data on the phones.


- An article published in The Journal of Transportation Security presents two researchers’ evidence that terrorists can defeat backscatter full-body scanners.

Hiring IT Experts

- This Government Accountability Office report describes how some government agencies could improve the way they hire and retain cybersecurity professionals.


- A federal district court has ruled that a company’s attendance policy violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because it required employees to disclose the nature of their illness when providing documentation for sick leave. Under the company’s policy, a doctor’s note had to include the illness or reason for the sick leave. The court noted that this could require employees to divulge information about a disability, a violation of the ADA.


- A federal appeals court has ruled that a police officer who assaulted a contract security officer while both were stationed at the Pentagon is not immune from liability.

Wounded Warriors

- The U.S. Navy recently published a guide for employers who wish to hire wounded warriors. You can find the guide via


- The White House has outlined its implementation plan for countering violent extremism within local communities. Read more about the plan online.


- An inexpensive surveillance application reviewed this month has a wide range of security features and controls. Its functions include motion detection, e-mail alerts, and automatic video recording and playback. Go online to see how it works.

False Imprisonment

- A man whose coworkers locked him in a lavatory for approximately 25 minutes may not pursue his false imprisonment case against his employer. The man was locked inside the lavatory on a ship during a corporate event by his coworkers as a prank. A jury found that the man’s confinement was “brief or fleeting” and did not rise to the level of false imprisonment.


- A man sued the government for violation of his Fourth Amendment rights after a pat-down at an airport checkpoint revealed 700 Oxycodone pills hidden on his body. The court ruled that the pat-down was reasonable because the man consented to the search and could have withdrawn from the search at any time.


- A new Rand study looks at the ways that freedom of movement within a conflict zone could signal the success of counterinsurgency efforts. However, the report warns that the data can be misleading. Read the report online to learn more.

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