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Elsewhere in the Courts: Liability

- A company was not responsible for the injuries caused when one of its employees became intoxicated and caused a traffic accident. Though the employee became drunk during a meeting with his supervisor at a res­taurant, his employer was not responsible for his actions because he was driving home in his own vehicle and was not conducting any job-related duty on behalf of the company. (Lev v. Beverly Enterprises, Massachusetts Appeals Court, No. 08-P-58, 2009)

Companies Need "Data Champion"

- Corporate data protection officers can help organizations keep information they collect safe, but their role should be strengthened.

As Layoffs Increase, Retaliation Claims Surge

- Layoffs may be contributing to a surge in retaliation claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Elsewhere in the Courts: Sexual Harassment

- An employee who claims that her employer should have known about inappropriate conduct in the workplace may not sue her employer for sexual harassment, according to a federal appeals court. The court ruled that the employee did not report the harassment to a management-level employee, so the company had no way of knowing about the inappropriate behavior. (Huston v. Procter & Gamble, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, No. 07-2799, 2009)

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Whistleblowers

- Lawmakers on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia recently held a hearing on a whistleblower protection bill (S. 372). The bill was introduced by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), who chairs the subcommittee.   The bill would expand whistleblower protection of federal employees to clarify that any disclosure is protected under the law, to provide a process to review suspensions and revocations of security clearances, and to protect disclosures of censorship of scientific information.

Workplace Violence

- Two recent cases reaffirm an employer’s right to terminate a potentially violent employee. In one case a psychologically disturbed doctor was fired after he threatened to kill his supervisor and coworkers. Another lawsuit involved a teacher who was fired after she declared that she could kill 22 people in front of a host of witnesses, including her 22 students.

From One Winning Career to the Next

- A good how-to-do manual for those security professionals looking to make the jump from government to the private sector.

EU Balks at Employee Monitoring

- Companies that operate internationally must be aware of the stringent workplace privacy laws in the EU countries.

Cultivating Creativity for Competitive Advantage

- The secret to getting fresh ideas from your employees.

Keys to Fraud Prevention

- Security can take the lead in spearheading a fraud-prevention program, which should have three components: governance, implementation, and compliance.

Preventing and Managing Workplace Violence: Legal and Strategic Guidelines

- An uneven collection of articles on preventing workplace violence that nevertheless offers worthwhile information on decreasing its likelihood.

The Criminal Records Manual—Criminal Records in America

- A first-rate manual for security professionals that have to conduct background searches.

Government Encourages Companies to Prepare for Flu Season

- The idea that workers should be encouraged to tough it out and come to work even if they don't feel well is so 20th century. In the new millennium, with its pandemic flu threat hanging in the air, the government hopes that workers who think they may be coming down with something will stay home so as not to infect their coworkers. And the government wants companies to encourage that attitude with flexible sick leave policies, among other efforts.

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