03/27/2013 - 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.
01/29/2013 - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that will clarify what burden of proof a plaintiff must meet to prevail in a retaliation claim. Attorneys in the case have asked the Court to determine whether employees must prove that the retaliation was the sole factor in an adverse employment action or one of several factors.
01/07/2013 - The 113th Congress is officially underway. However, some old business from the 112th Congress is only now reaching President Barack Obama’s desk. He recently signed two bills, one on trade secrets and one on surveillance, into law.
12/19/2012 - A report on Benghazi says security there was grossly lacking. Florida's "stand your ground" law has been cited as justification in a pizzeria shooting. A Utah boy brought a gun to school for "protection" in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings. Dick's Sporting Goods has removed from sales the semiautomatic rifle used in the killings.
12/10/2012 - President Barack Obama recently signed two bills into law. One of the laws improves security along the U.S. border with Mexico while the other expands whistleblower protections for federal employees.