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Employment

- A bill (H.R. 2501) introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against unemployed applicants. The bill would also prohibit advertising a job and indicating that unemployed status is a disqualification.

Border Security

- A new law (P.L. 112-93) will extend an existing border security program. Under the program, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security identify equipment and technology that could also be used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to combat illicit trafficking across the U.S. borders with Mexico and with Canada. The bill specifically notes that information should be shared on how to detect and track ultralight aircraft.

Legal Report

- A state appeals court rules that an employer did not violate privacy when it tracked a worker with a GPS unit; and lawmakers consider bills on issues such as border security, criminal activity, and cybercrime.

Port Security

- A new law (formerly H.B. 283) addresses inconsistences between state and federal port security regulations. In 2000, Florida enacted a port security law to address criminal activity in the state’s seaports. However, the federal seaport security standards enacted after the 9-11 attacks, preempted some aspects of the state’s provisions. The ports were also duplicating their efforts on some measures.

Supply Chains

- A new law (formerly S.B. 657) in California requires that companies doing business in the state disclose their efforts to eradicate slave labor and human trafficking from their supply chains.

Preparedness

- A bill (H.R. 2405) that would reauthorize an appropriations bill designed to aid in pandemic preparedness has been approved by the House of Representatives. The measure is now pending in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

Weapons

- A bill (H.R. 822) that would require states to honor the concealed weapons permits of other states has been approved by the House of Representatives. The bill is now pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Economic Espionage

- A bill (S. 678) that would increase penalties for economic espionage has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. To proceed, the bill must now be taken up by the full Senate.

Economic Espionage

- A bill (S. 678) that would increase penalties for economic espionage has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. To proceed, the bill must now be taken up by the full Senate.

Trespassing

- A bill (H.R. 347) that strengthens penalties for trespassing on certain federal properties has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate has announced that it will consider the measure.

Legal Report

- Courts consider cases on workplace violence, employment issues, excessive force, and privacy.

Preemployment Screening

- A new bill in Wisconsin (A.B. 286) will allow companies to refuse to hire or to terminate anyone who has been convicted of a felony and not been subsequently pardoned. An employer may also refuse to hire or may terminate anyone who has been convicted of a felony under circumstances that relate to the prospective employment, even if that person has been subsequently pardoned.

Cybersecurity

- A new law (formerly H.B. 665) establishes a cybersecurity task force within the Maryland state government. The task force is designed to evaluate mitigation and prevention strategies to prepare for a cyberattack. The task force will also conduct a review of existing policies, standards, and best practices within state agencies to identify inconsistences and devise new programs.
 




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