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U.S. Federal Legislation: ADA

- A bill broadening the scope of  the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law (P.L. 110-325). Under the law, key provisions of the ADA are clarified. For example, current law provides that a person is considered disabled if an impairment substantially limits a major life activity. The law defines a “major life activity” as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.

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- Rulings on employee monitoring, age discrimination, and wrongful termination; plus legislation on airport screening, aviation security, and when workplace disability laws apply.

State Legislation: Lousiana: Firearms

- Lawmakers in Louisiana have approved a bill (S.B. 51) that makes it illegal for employers to prohibit employees from storing firearms in their cars on company property. The law allows employees to keep lawfully registered firearms in their cars in any parking lot, parking garage, or other designated parking area.

State Legislation: Louisiana: REAL ID

- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed a law (formerly H.B. 715) prohibiting the state from complying with the federal REAL ID Act of 2007, which requires that states issue drivers’ licenses that meet certain standards to qualify as federally accepted ID cards.

U.S. Federal Legislation: ADA

- A bill (H.R. 3195) that would amend the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been approved by the House of Representatives. The Senate has agreed to consider the matter. The bill is designed to broaden the scope of the ADA.

U.S. Federal Legislation: Aviation Security

- A bill (H.R. 5982) that would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to study airport security systems has been approved by the House of Representatives and is now pending in the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

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- Rulings on retaliation, training and employment, and fraud; plus legislation on border security, online decency, and infrastructure protection.

State Legislation: Arizona: REAL ID

- Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano has signed a law (formerly H.B. 2677) prohibiting the state from complying with the federal REAL ID Act of 2007. Arizona is the 27th state to outlaw the act, which requires that states issue federally regulated ID cards.

State Legislation: West Virginia: Information Security

- A new West Virginia law (formerly S.B. 340) requires that any individual or company that owns or licenses computerized data containing the personal information of others provide notice of security breaches. The law requires notification of anyone whose unencrypted and unredacted information was accessed, or was believed to be accessed, by an unauthorized person.

U.S. Federal Legislation: Border Security

- A bill (H.R. 3916) that would encourage the development of new border security technology—especially with regard to unmanned aerial vehicles, technology to detect tunnels, and an anticounterfeiting program—has been approved by the  House Science and Technology Committee. (The bill has also been approved by the Homeland Security Committee.) The House of Representatives must take up the measure for it to proceed.

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- Rulings on security officer liability, the accuracy of the terrorist watch list, and school safety; plus legislation on genetic discrimination, national security, and intellectual property.

State Legislation: New Mexico: Whistleblowers

- A bill (S.B. 132) pending in the New Mexico legislature would make it illegal for a public employer to retaliate against an employee who discloses or threatens to disclose an unlawful act committed by that employer. The bill would also outlaw retaliation against any employee who testifies as part of an investigation or hearing or who refuses to participate in an unlawful or improper act. The bill would also allow employees to sue for civil damages in such cases.

State Legislation: West Virginia: Weapons

- A new West Virginia law (formerly S.B. 185) makes it illegal for people with certain mental conditions to possess firearms. Included in these mental conditions are alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and those who have voluntarily been committed to a mental institution. (Prior to the law, only those involuntarily committed to a mental institution were prohibited from possessing a firearm.)
 




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