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.
SM Online: 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.
SM Online: 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.
SM Online: 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.
SM Online: 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.
SM Online: 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.
SM Online: 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.
SM Online: 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.
SM Online: 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.
09/29/2011 - A court has ruled that an employee can bring a retaliation claim against his former employer for actions the employer took after the employee’s termination. In the case, the employee was sued for defamation after he resigned. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the employee could still sue the company for retaliation.
(Psy-Ed Corporation v. Klein, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, No. SJC-10722, 2011)
09/29/2011 - A federal appeals court has ruled that Sentia, a company that marketed a software program nearly identical to that of a competing company, Decision Insights, must stand trial on trade secret violation charges. An appeals court ruled that a jury must determine whether the compilation of the program’s components was protected and kept proprietary by Decision Insights. (Decision Insights v. Sentia Group, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, No. 09-2300)
SM Online: Travel Security
09/29/2011 - Read a recent report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s office that found that the nation’s rail transit system remains vulnerable to terrorist attacks despite the billions spent on security.
SM Online: Travel Security
09/29/2011 - A federal appeals court has ruled that the Department of Homeland Security should have solicited public comments via the federal rulemaking process before it deployed controversial body scanners at airport security checkpoints.
(Electronic Privacy Information Center v. United States Department of Homeland Security, No. 10-1157, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 2011)