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Elsewhere in the Courts: Retaliation

- A man, Alshafi Tate, who was fired after ending a consensual sexual relationship with his boss cannot sue for retaliation stemming from sexual harassment, according to a federal appeals court. The retaliation claim is invalid, ruled the court, because Tate did not believe he was being sexually harassed.

State Legislation: Illinois: Crime

- Lawmakers in Illinois have enacted a measure (formerly H.B. 251) that makes the penalties for assault on a security officer the same as those levied for assault on a police officer, corrections officer, or firefighter.

State Legislation: Colorado: School Safety

- Under a new Colorado law (formerly H.B. 1267), the state will implement a pilot program to digitally map schools to aid first responders. The program will aim to provide digital layouts and schematics of school buildings to first responders to help them during an emergency.

Terrorism

- The Holy Land Foundation, a self-described charity, and five of its leaders were found guilty of funding Hamas, a Palestinian group that is a designated terrorist organization under U.S. law. Read the attached decision.

Legal Report

- A court rules that shopping mall owners were not responsible for the murder of a patron, and a look at what federal legislation lawmakers may be considering during the new session of Congress.  

Litigation

- A new law (P.L. 110-322) amends the Federal Rules of Evidence, altering when and how information is covered by attorney-client privilege. Under the new law, if a disclosure is made in a federal proceeding or to a federal office or agency, and the owner of the information waives attorney-client privilege or work-product protection, the waiver extends to undisclosed communication or information in a federal or state proceeding under certain circumstances.

Infrastructure

- A bill providing funding for site security at some federal facilities has been included in a 2008 appropriations bill funding the Department of the Interior. The bill became P.L. 110-229. The law will allocate money to facilities operated by the Bureau of Reclamation to hire more security officers and to purchase equipment needed by those officers

Gun Control

- In response to the Virginia Tech shootings, the President signed a bill into law (P.L. 110-180) that would require all states to submit information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). According to lawmakers, the measure was necessary because not all states submit complete information. For example, not all states enter the records of those deemed mentally defective into the NICS system.

Background Checks

- An amendment introduced by Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) to improve oversight of the FBI National Name Check Program was included in the 2007 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which was signed into law (P.L. 110-161). The law is designed to make the program, under which the government conducts background checks on its employees and on anyone applying for immigration benefits, more efficient.

ADA

- A bill broadening the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law (P.L. 110-325). Under the bill, key provisions of the ADA will be clarified. For example, current law provides that a person is considered disabled if an impairment substantially limits a major life activity.

Legal Report

- An overview of the legislation approved by the 110th Congress as well as measures that did not pass muster.

Responding to EEOC Lawsuits

- Any company may find itself facing Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges filed by a worker. Knowing how to respond is key.

Legal Report

- Legal cases on discrimination and premises liability as well as legislation on cruise ship security, border protection, and security guards.
 




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