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been born in Iran, was fired even though his two non-Iranian coworkers were allowed to work after their clearances were rescinded.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.
Editor's Note: Viewpoint
07/22/2011 - Looking at whose hands are really in the corporate cookie jar.
Legal Report: Legal Issues
06/30/2011 - Courts rule on hostile work environments. A federal appeals court upholds the fraud conviction of a former Enron executive, while states introduce bills on defamatory information online and handguns in the workplace.
Legal Report: Workplace Violence
06/30/2011 - An employee who was fired for harassing a fellow employee may not sue her employer for discrimination. The employee claimed it was her religious duty as a Christian to constantly tell a gay coworker that she “was going to hell” and “had no right to live on this earth.” After the employee was fired, she filed a lawsuit claiming that she was discriminated against because of her religion. The federal appeals court ruled that the employee was fired for harassing her coworker, not because of her religion.