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- 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.


- 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been born in Iran, was fired even though his two non-Iranian coworkers were allowed to work after their clearances were rescinded.


- 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.

When Darkness Falls in Delhi

- The growth of 24/7 call centers in India puts women at risk. Efforts to protect them have generated results as well as criticism.

Rethinking Risk: How Companies Sabotage Themselves and What They Must Do Differently

- The ambitious title of Rethinking Risk is overly broad, to say the least reviewer Ross Johnson says.

Intangible Capital: Putting Knowledge to Work In the 21st Century Organization

- 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.

Who’s Really Stealing Company Assets?

- Looking at whose hands are really in the corporate cookie jar. ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Legal Report

- 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.


- 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.

Hostile Work Environment

- A federal appeals court has ruled that an employee may not sue his employer for creating a hostile work environment because the employer took immediate action to correct the problem, and the employee failed to report subsequent incidents. 

Behind the Numbers

- Forrester Research examines why employees are using unauthorized software at work.


- Those who publicly report expunged conviction records are not liable for defamation if the information disclosed is true, according to the New Jersey Supreme Court. In the case, a political campaign publicized the expunged drug conviction of an opponent’s aide in a flyer.


- An employee who was fired shortly after complaining of sexual harassment may pursue his retaliation claim against his employer, according to a federal appeals court (.pdf). The employee may pursue his lawsuit because he was fired two days after making a claim. The timing alone, ruled the court, serves as circumstantial evidence of retaliation.

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