SM Online: Drug Control
08/30/2011 - A federal appeals court has ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not stipulate how long a drug user must undergo rehabilitation before being protected by the act, but an employee is not protected by the ADA if the drug use is sufficiently recent that the employer can reasonably believe drug abuse is still an issue.
Cybersecurity: IT Security
08/30/2011 - Many security managers say end-user education is a central part of IT security. More regulations are also requiring that organizations demonstrate that they’re conducting such training.
Legal Report: Legal Issues
08/25/2011 - In two similar cases, courts ruled that students who created fake MySpace pages to spoof pages that their principals might have created were protected under the First Amendment.
Daily Headline : International
08/24/2011 - State Department annual terrorism report finds more of the same in terms of the threats and the usual suspects. There are more FBI informants now than ever. DMV employee indicted for issuing illegal licenses. Crime on the rise in the Bahamas. And more.
Daily Headline : Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
08/23/2011 - Disrupted cell phone service and an unexpected earthquake highlight the need for emergency planning -- even in areas not prone to certain types of disasters.
Daily Headline : Viewpoint
08/19/2011 - Looking at whose hands are really in the corporate cookie jar.
Daily Headline : Workplace Violence
08/02/2011 - The growth of 24/7 call centers in India puts women at risk. Efforts to protect them have generated results as well as criticism.
SM Online: Legal Issues
07/28/2011 - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a final rule governing how the whistleblower program created under the Dodd-Frank Act will be administered. The rule encourages whistleblowers to report concerns to their companies before turning to the SEC. Legislation (H.R. 2483) introduced by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) would make it mandatory for employees to first report violations to their employers to receive monetary awards.
Legal Report: Hiring \ Employment Issues
07/28/2011 - An employee who was fired after he was unable to obtain a security clearance may pursue a discrimination suit against his employer, according to a federal appeals court. The employee, who had been born in Iran, was fired even though his two non-Iranian coworkers were allowed to work after their clearances were rescinded.
Legal Report: Legal Issues
07/28/2011 - The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that an employee who is retaliated against for making an oral complaint about policy can pursue a lawsuit against his employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Court said that, under the law, it is illegal to retaliate against an employee who has “filed any complaint.” This clearly includes oral complaints, according to the Court.
07/26/2011 - The growth of 24/7 call centers in India puts women at risk. Efforts to protect them have generated results as well as criticism.
Book Reviews: Risk Management
07/25/2011 - The ambitious title of Rethinking Risk is overly broad, to say the least reviewer Ross Johnson says.
Book Reviews: Best Practices \ Case Studies
07/25/2011 - This text has considerable relevance to both the security and risk management professions and gives readers an appreciation of how they might develop an enterprisewide approach to protecting assets.