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New Bill Would Limit Criminal Background Checks

- A bill (H.R. 6220) introduced by Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-MI) would prohibit employers from asking about or checking an applicant’s criminal record until a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Encrypted Data

- The government may compel an individual to reveal the password to an encrypted hard drive if the government is already aware of what material resides in the hard drive, an appellate court has ruled.

Cybersecurity Legislation Revised in Light of Opposition

- Sen. Joe Lieberman has revised a bill to make mandatory cybersecurity provisions optional. Lieberman submitted the revised bill in hopes of getting Senate approval.

Morning Security Brief: States Provide More Mental Health Records, TSA Agents Head to London, and San Francisco Settles Lawsuit

- States make more health records available for firearms background checks, TSA agents protect London airports, and a manager in San Francisco reaches a settlement with the city's emergency management department.

Whistleblower Provisions Do Not Apply to Workers Outside the U.S., Court Rules

- A federal judge has ruled that the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that prohibit retaliation against employees do not apply to workers outside of the United States.

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Harassment Case

- In one of its last acts of the term, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case that questions the definition of a “supervisor” in sexual harassment lawsuits.

Drug Testing

- A new Florida law requires that state employees be randomly tested for drugs and alcohol. Read the law to find out how the testing program will work and who will be tested.

DNA

- A federal appeals court has upheld a California law that requires DNA collection from all adults arrested for felonies in the state. The court ruled that the collection of DNA is similar to the collection of fingerprints, which law enforcement has routinely collected for decades.

Legal Report

- A California appeals court rules that a company can be held liable for harassing comments made by employees on a blog, and lawmakers consider bills on counterfeit drugs, information sharing, and border security.

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Most of Arizona Immigration Law

- The U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision today in S.B. 1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration law. The Court ruled that three out of the four contested provisions in are unconstitutional. The provision allowing law enforcement to check immigration status is legal, ruled the Court, so long as it is interpreted narrowly.

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Guantanamo Bay Cases

- The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider seven different appeals by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, affirming the government’s detention of would-be terrorists.

London Tells Hooligans to Turn in their Passports Ahead of Euro 2012

- The London Metropolitan Police are planning house calls to designated “football hooligans” who haven’t turned in their passports ahead of Euro 2012.

Firearms

- A bill (S.B. 863) pending before the Michigan Senate would allow the employees of licensed private investigators to carry concealed weapons in restricted areas where average citizens are not allowed to bring firearms. Licensed private investigators are already allowed to carry in restricted areas.
 




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