News & Trends: Legislation
11/02/2007 - Companies that have found SOX compliance far too costly have probably implemented measures well beyond the letter of the law.
Legal Issues: Contract Management
11/02/2007 - When companies outsource their security functions, attention to detail, planning, and analysis are critical.
Managing: Hiring \ Employment Issues
11/02/2007 - An effective performance-appraisal system ensures that employee issues are dealt with continually, not only at yearly reviews.
Legal Issues: Legal Issues
11/02/2007 - Six new cases issued by the National Labor Relations Board reverse longstanding trends and establish new rules between employers and employees.
Legal Issues: Legislation
11/01/2007 - Sexual harassment and wrongful termination in the courts. Also, what’s new in Congress and the state legislatures
Book Reviews: Surveillance
11/01/2007 - The book has six parts, with writings ranging from the historical to the latest in current thought. A discussion of civil liberties during wartime leads off the book. Selections from the U.S. Constitution and a federal habeas corpus statute round out the first chapter and provide a legal context for the subject.
11/01/2007 - Texas lawmakers have enacted a law (formerly H.B. 7) that will overhaul the state’s workers’ compensation program. The new law, which will take effect this month, abolishes the current Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission and replaces it with the Office of Injured Employee Public Counsel. The law, meant to cut costs, will operate like an HMO, where injured workers see doctors approved by the commission and work within certain medical networks.
Legal Report: Legislation
11/01/2007 - Legislators in Alaska have approved a bill (H.B. 184) that would allow citizens of the state to keep guns in their cars at all times. The bill has been approved by both houses of the state legislature and is now awaiting the governor’s signature.The bill would allow employees to have guns in their cars even if the cars are parked in workplace parking lots, as long as they are beyond 300 feet from a secured restricted access area. Under the bill, this practice would be allowed even if organizations have policies prohibiting firearms on company property.
SM Online: Legal Issues
11/01/2007 - A federal appeals court has ruled that personality tests are considered medical tests under ADA.
Legal Report: Legislation
10/31/2007 - A transit company is not liable for hiring an employee who raped a customer. Also, federal legislation on making the Patriot Act permanent, fighting counterfeit drugs, and tracking radiation sources.
10/31/2007 - Here’s what your company needs to know to avoid charges of disability discrimination.
Legal Report: Drug Control
10/31/2007 - A bill (H.R. 2345) introduced by Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) is designed to combat the counterfeiting and adulteration of prescription drugs.
Legal Report: Surveillance
10/31/2007 - Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has introduced a bill (H.R. 3199) that would make the controversial provisions of the Patriot Act permanent. (These parts of the bill are set to expire at the end of the year.) For example, the bill would allow the FBI to obtain, without seeking a warrant, the financial records of individuals. It would also maintain the power of law enforcement to carry out secret warrants and covert surveillance as part of terrorism investigations. However, the bill does not provide law enforcement as much latitude as S. 1266, which was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee in June. For example, S. 1266 would make it easier for police to issue subpoenas without judicial approval in terrorism cases.