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- A driver who was fired after refusing to drive a truck that he considered unsafe is not protected under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. OSHA rules make it illegal to fire a commercial truck driver for refusing to operate an unsafe vehicle. The driver, ruled the court, was not fired for his safety concerns but for his volatile and hostile attitude when he complained.

Employee Records

- The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that a company retaliated against an employee when it fired her for taking confidential documents to bolster her lawsuit. The court ruled that the employee was protected in taking the documents without authorization because she was giving them to her attorney.

Delivering on Diversity's Promise

- Companies can implement policies to prevent hostile work environment claims while also presenting a strong defense if they are charged.

Ferreting Out Fakers

- How one lab working with victimized companies analyzes counterfeit goods to find the methods used and the criminals behind the schemes.

Workplace Violence

- One of the foremost experts in the field puts together a comprehensive and functional manual to avoid an employee "going postal."

Behind the Numbers

- Only 23 percent of chief information security officers report directly to the CEO or the board of directors. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Elsewhere in the Courts: ADA

- A federal appeals court has ruled that a deaf employee may sue his employer for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act because the company failed to provide the employee with a sign language interpreter at critical meetings. Instead, a coworker provided written notes of the meetings, which often included only main points and failed to note questions and answers.

State Legislation: Virginia: Background Checks

- A new law (formerly H.B. 690) in Virginia will require those who work with public transit services undergo a criminal background check. The law applies to employees hired directly by the government as well as those working through an independent contractor.

Preventing Violence at Work

- Addressing workplace violence in all its forms reduces absenteeism, turnover, and litigation. It also improves morale, and most importantly, saves lives. Good policies and proper training are keys to success.

Survey Finds Security Directors Fear Latin America Most

- A joint survey conducted by Control Risks and International SOS finds that business leaders believe Latin America is the riskiest region in the world to send their business travelers while terrorism and civil unrest continue to be the greatest travel concern for businesses.

ADA

- The city of Yakima, Washington, did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act when it required one of its officers to undergo an exam to determine his fitness for duty, a federal appeals court has ruled. The officer had become increasingly volatile and had been accused of violence.

Employment

- A federal appeals court has ruled that a company’s unwritten policy denying employment to all of their job applicants with theft-related convictions was sufficient to thwart a racial discrimination lawsuit. The court ruled that the woman who claimed she was not hired because of her race could not pursue her lawsuit because her theft convictions would have disqualified her.

Pregnancy Discrimination

- A company that transferred a pregnant welder out of her job and onto light duty without first determining whether she was unable to continue in her welding position may be guilty of discrimination. A federal appeals court has ruled that the employee may pursue her lawsuit against her employer.
 




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