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Congresswoman Calls for Upgrades to Women's Facilities in Fire Stations

- Legislation was introduced last month that would provide DHS grants to fire departments to upgrade facilities for female firefighters.

Training

- A bill (H.R. 2619) introduced by Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-FL) would require the government to provide active shooter training to security personnel on military bases. The government would also have to establish policies and guidelines for better preparing law enforcement officers and others who would have to provide security in an active shooter situation, such as the one at Fort Hood in 2009.

Retaliation

- An assistant manager’s refusal to return the calls of an employee out on medical leave is sufficient to support a case of retaliation under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In the case, an employee out on FMLA leave put in weekly calls to her assistant manager to provide an update. The manager never returned the calls and the employee was fired for not returning to work as agreed. The district court found that the failure to return calls indicated an “antagonistic attitude.”

Survey: Many People Know About Workplace Misconduct and are Willing to Report it -- for Money

- Employees would report wrongdoing in the workplace if they could be protected from retaliation and claim a monetary reward, according to a recent survey, yet most people don't know about a government program that does just that.

Disability Claims

- An employee may not pursue his disability discrimination lawsuit against his company because he presented another person’s Social Security number as his own when he was hired. A California appeals court ruled that the company was not liable for the disability claims because the man would never have been hired had the company known he was using a stolen Social Security number.

New Disability Rules

- New regulations alter workplace disability rules, making it easier for employees to be classified as disabled.

Legal Report

- The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that its medical marijuana law does not apply to private employers and does not protect employees from being fired for drug use. And OSHA issues a new directive on workplace violence.

CHART: Sources of Corporate Data Breaches

- Insiders committed 43 percent of all security breaches.

Background Checks

- Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a new law (formerly S.B. 361) making it illegal for employers to use credit reports to make employment decisions. Employers would not be allowed to require employees or applicants to consent to a credit check. Exceptions are made for financial institutions or any other industry where credit checks are required by law. Employers may also run checks if they believe employees are engaged in illegal activity or if the employer can provide evidence that the credit report is “substantially job-related.”  

Workplace Violence

- A new Connecticut law (formerly S.B. 970) requires healthcare facilities to conduct an assessment and then develop plans to prevent and respond to workplace violence. Employers must then train employees on the details of the programs. The law also requires that healthcare facilities maintain detailed records on workplace violence incidents and provide the number of incidents to the state’s health department. Under the law, any assaults on healthcare employees must be reported to local law enforcement within 24 hours.

Workplace Violence

- ASIS International and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) have issued a joint ASIS/SHRM Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention American National Standard aimed at helping organizations implement policies and practices to more quickly identify threatening behavior and violence affecting the workplace.

ASIS International and SHRM Release Joint Standard on Workplace Violence

- ASIS International and the Society for Human Resource Management issued a joint Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention American National Standard aimed at helping organizations implement policies and practices to more quickly identify violence affecting the workplace.

Weapons

- Maine Governor Paul LePage signed a law (formerly H.B. 35) making it illegal for employers to prevent employees from storing concealed firearms in their cars on company property. Under the bill, the employee must have a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm. The vehicle must be locked and the firearm out of sight. The law also provides immunity to companies. Employers cannot be held liable for damages, injury, or death resulting from the stored firearms even if the firearm is stolen from an employee’s car. An exception is made in cases where the employer or an agent of the employer intentionally solicits or procures an action that causes injury.
 




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