09/29/2011 - A bill (S. 678) introduced by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) would increase penalties for economic espionage. The bill would also require that the U.S Sentencing Commission consider a tiered system to address different types of espionage.
09/29/2011 - A court has ruled that an employee can bring a retaliation claim against his former employer for actions the employer took after the employee’s termination. In the case, the employee was sued for defamation after he resigned. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the employee could still sue the company for retaliation.
(Psy-Ed Corporation v. Klein, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, No. SJC-10722, 2011)
08/30/2011 - The Sarbanes-Oxley Act does not protect whistleblowers who report violations to the media, according to a federal appeals court. In the case, two financial auditors told a newspaper reporter about auditing practices that they believed violated the law, and they provided the reporter with internal company documents. The court found that such violations may only be reported to federal authorities, members of Congress, or the company’s own officials.
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.
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.