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Discrimination

- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued instructions to federal contractors on criminal background screening of employees. The OFCCP’s directive urges contractors to consider federal antidiscrimination laws before refusing to hire applicants based on the results of criminal background checks.

Wrongful Discharge

- Virginia’s high court has ruled that an individual supervisor may be held liable in a wrongful discharge claim. In the case, a female employee was fired by her supervisor after she refused to get divorced and begin an affair with him. The court ruled that “employer-only liability would be insufficient to deter wrongful discharges.”

Resiliency

- After a series of storms battered the state, Maryland convened a task to examine lessons learned and offer recommendations for improving the resilience of the state’s power grid. The group’s final report offers 11 recommendations, ranging from policy improvements to disaster drills.

Communications

- The derecho storm that hit in April 2012 played havoc with telecommunications systems on the East Coast. Read the FCC’s report exploring the disruption and offering recommendations for improving resiliency.

Data Security

- According to a new study from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)2, a shortage of security experts with strong leadership and communications skills poses a direct challenge to organizations around the world. The study includes feedback from more than 12,000 IT security professionals from across the globe.

Trade Secrets

- An employee accused of stealing intellectual property from his employer must turn over his personal iPhone to be examined as part of the discovery process. The judge ruled that, because of the phone’s functionality, the order was “tantamount to ordering the production of [a] computer.”

Extremism

- Researchers are looking into how leaders’ speeches can trigger violent responses. Read their report.

Employment

- An employee who was fired after a Facebook post showed her at a party when she was on leave for debilitating back pain may not sue her employer after she was fired for fraud. 

Background Screening

- A federal appeals court has ruled that a company did not violate a former employee’s confidentiality when it disclosed medical information to prospective employers.

Terrorism

- The White House is setting up a new interagency working group to counter online radicalization. The activities of the new group are designed to raise public awareness and give tips for staying safe online.

Cybersecurity

- The European Union (EU) has released its new cybersecurity strategy. The program calls for each EU member state to set up a computer emergency response team to address hacking and malware incidents.

Online Pharmacies

- Learn more about what the government and private organizations are doing to combat the growing number of fraudulent online pharmacies.

Firearms

- According to the Texas Attorney General’s office, state law makes it illegal for employers to prohibit employees from storing handguns in locked, private vehicles.
 




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