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Asking the Hard Questions

- Careful questioning of witnesses and suspects can be the key to cracking your case.

Private security

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Cargo security

- Two amendments to the 2006 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security (H.R. 2360) would mandate new cargo security measures. The first amendment would require that all air cargo be inspected before being loaded onto passenger airplanes. This provision would take effect in 2008. The second amendment to the bill, which would take effect immediately after the bill is enacted, would require that passengers be notified that unscreened cargo is being loaded onto their flight. H.R. 2360 has been approved by the House and is now awaiting action in the Senate.

Spyware

- A bill (H.R. 744) that would prohibit the use of spyware has been approved by the House and is now pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Port Security

- Lawmakers and witnesses recently discussed port security issues at a hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The key issue raised at the hearing was grant funding for the various federal programs enacted after 9-11.

Information security

- At a recent hearing on identity theft, data brokers argued that only limited measures were needed to protect consumers from identity theft, while consumer advocates and identity theft victims disagreed and laid out steps Congress should take. Representatives from companies such as ChoicePoint, Acxiom Corporation, and LexisNexis shared their stories of data breaches and the theft of information from their computer systems.

Trade secrets

- An Ohio appeals court has ruled in favor of a preliminary injunction barring an employee from using his former employer’s information in his new job. However, the court ruled that some of the information taken by the employee could not be included in the injunction because the company failed to take sufficient steps to protect it. (Liebert Corporation v. John Mazur, Ohio Court of Appeals, No. 1-04-2794, 2005)

Checking on Sarbanes-Oxley

- Companies that have found SOX compliance far too costly have probably implemented measures well beyond the letter of the law.

The Inside Story on Outsource Planning

- When companies outsource their security functions, attention to detail, planning, and analysis are critical.

Putting the Praise in Appraisals

- An effective performance-appraisal system ensures that employee issues are dealt with continually, not only at yearly reviews.

Labor Law's Changing Tides

- Six new cases issued by the National Labor Relations Board reverse longstanding trends and establish new rules between employers and employees.

Legal Report

- Sexual harassment and wrongful termination in the courts. Also, what’s new in Congress and the state legislatures

Civil Liberties vs. National Security in a Post-9/11 World

- 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.
 




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