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Quick Bytes: Security Budgets

- Security budgets will continue to grow in 2010 as spending on new security products recovers, according to a recent Forrester Research report.

Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Whistleblower Bill

- Lawmakers held a hearing to discuss a bill that would amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) by increasing penalties for violators and boosting protections for whistleblowers.

Business Partnerships Pose Escalating Data Breach Threats

- When it comes to protecting sensitive data, companies often overlook the risks stemming from business partnerships, says Verizon. (From the March 2010 Issue)

Chicago Public School HQ's Shames Naughty Web Surfers

- The administrative headquarters of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) knows how to keep its wireless network users from accessing Web sites it doesn't like: a shrieking alarm.

Discrimination

- A federal appeals court has ruled that an employee claiming she was fired for her traditional Christian beliefs may not sue her employer for discrimination. The employee repeatedly violated the company’s overtime policy, even after repeated warnings. The court ruled that the employee was fired for failing to meet the legitimate business expectations of her employer.

Privacy

- Police officers who claim that their employers illegally read their private text messages will get to take their case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The outcome of the case will affect how employers deal with workplace communications.

ADA

- A teacher may pursue her lawsuit against her employer for failure to accommodate her depression according to a federal appeals court. The court ruled that the school had a duty to pursue accommodation after the teacher provided a doctor’s statement that the depression was linked to a lack of windows in the teacher’s classroom.

Watch Your Business Partners

- Verizon’s annual data breach report warns that companies have one more weak link to worry about when protecting their information.

State Legislation: Colorado: Workplace Violence

- Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., has issued an executive order requiring the state to draft a policy to address domestic violence that spills over into the workplace. The policy, which is to be in place by August, will include a training program to increase awareness of the issue and the resources available for victims.

Medical Exams

- An employee may pursue a lawsuit against her employer after a medical examination led to her termination, a federal appeals court has ruled. The case concerns the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the use of job-specific physical agility tests to determine whether an employee can perform a certain job.

Disability

- A California appeals court has ruled that a woman who was granted accommodations by her employer for her disability was discriminated against after a new manager removed those accommodations. The employee was awarded $200,000 for lost wages, medical expenses, and emotional distress.

Computer Policies

- While an employee breached internal corporate policy when he downloaded company documents without permission, he did not violate federal law because he was an authorized user of the computer network, a federal appeals court has ruled. The company had sued the former employee under a law that makes it illegal for unauthorized personnel to access a corporate network.

Age Discrimination

- An employee’s innocence of an offense for which he was fired is irrelevant so long as the employer believed that the accusation was true and acted in good faith, a federal appeals court has ruled. In the case, an employee was fired for accessing pornography at work. The employee sued his company, alleging that his age—he was 57 years old at the time—was the real reason he was fired.
 




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