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- Rulings on workers' compensation claims, discrimination, privacy, and workplace violence; plus legislation on identity theft, bullying, and drug testing.

Legal Report

- Must an employer investigate suspicions that a worker is viewing child porn at work? Plus, Congress on the Patriot Act reauthorization, identity theft, and border security.


- A new law (formerly H.B. 2661) prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Under the new law, an employer may not refuse to hire someone or make any hiring inquiry into a person's sexual orientation. A company also may not discharge someone or discriminate in compensation based on sexual orientation. The new designation allows employees who feel they have been discriminated against to sue their employers for back pay, reinstatement, and emotional distress.


- A bill (H.B. 129) introduced by Florida lawmakers would make it a felony to prohibit employees from leaving guns in their cars while parked in company parking lots.

Border security

- A bill (H.R. 4238) introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) would build on the President’s border security initiative by requiring aliens to post bond to be released from mandatory detention centers and by using more federal facilities as detention centers.

Identity theft

- A bill (H.R. 4244) introduced by Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-OR) would establish grants for regional task forces designed to investigate and prosecute identity theft and other economic crimes. The task forces would comprise federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Patriot Act

- The Patriot Act reauthorization bill was signed into law (P.L. 109-177) by President Bush one day before 16 key provisions were set to expire. The new law makes permanent 14 of the 16 provisions of the original Patriot Act, which was passed by Congress several months after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

School security

- A bill (H.B. 1218) before the Missouri House of Representatives would prohibit bullying in schools. The bill would also require that school districts adopt policies against harrassment, intimidation, and bullying.

Campus police

- A new bill (H.B. 154) under consideration in the Virginia Assembly would require that campus police officers immediately notify local law enforcement agencies if a death occurs on campus or an allegation of rape has been made. Campus police and other campus security personnel would be required to participate in any subsequent investigation launched by local law enforcement

Security locks

- A new law (formerly H.B. 2448) in Virginia requires that landlords install new locks or security devices on apartments rented by tenants who have a restraining order against a former cotenant. The tenant must present a copy of the restraining order to the landlord.

Cargo security

- A bill (H.R. 4373) introduced by Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) would require that the Homeland Security Department establish a system to inspect all cargo transported on passenger aircraft operated by a domestic or foreign air carrier.


- A bill (H.R. 4422) introduced by Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) would require each state to submit a written report on state agencies that store or keep explosive materials. The report, which would be submitted to the Attorney General at regular intervals, would also note which materials had been transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Campus safety

- A bill (H.R. 4460) introduced by Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY) would establish a grant program for campuses to install professional fire alarm detection systems or other fire detection and prevention technologies.

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