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Genetic discrimination

- The House Education and Labor Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing on H.R. 493, a bill that would outlaw genetic discrimination.

Surveillance

- A new Wyoming law makes it a felony to intentionally and surreptitiously record images of people in an enclosed area where they have an expectation of privacy such as a bathroom, shower, or dressing room.

Physical Security

- New laws in Virginia and Florida regarding landlord/tenant relations and alarm monitoring companies.

Legal Report

- A wrap-up of court decisions on background screening, identity theft, nuclear facility security, airport security, and antiterror legislation.

Information Brokers

- Several states passed laws to make it illegal for information brokers to obtain information by pretending to be the consumer or someone else with legal access to the data—a practice known as pretexting.

Identity theft

- In numerous states, lawmakers have addressed identity theft. In most cases, they are amending earlier laws, refining the state’s role in curbing identity theft, or enhancing criminal penalties for those convicted of committing such crimes.

Homeland Security

- New state laws regarding vaccination programs, endangering the food or water suply, and the interoperability of the public-safety communications network.

Employment

- New laws regarding discrimination, captive audience presentations regarding unions, and employees failing drug tests.

Defibrillators

- Two states, New Jersey and Michigan, approved almost identical laws requiring that health clubs purchase and install automated external defibrillators. The measures also require that at least one person be on duty at all times who is trained to use the device. The laws provide for fines of $500 to $1,000 for those health clubs that fail to comply.

Computer Security

- Numerous states have created laws that require companies to notify consumers in the event of an electronic security breach. The laws include exceptions when the notification would be extremely costly, though the figures differ by state.

State Legislature Wrap-Up: Background Checks

- Continuing with a trend that began several years ago, many states are requiring that criminal background checks be conducted on individuals in certain jobs, such as in childcare or healthcare settings.

Legal Report

- A court rules that an employer improperly fired an employee for behavior caused by a disability; Washington joins the states bucking the REAL ID Act; updates on bills on explosives, public transit, and more.

Legal Report

- Court rulings on discrimination claims relative to retaliation and hotel premises liability, as well as legislation covering airline and courthouse security.
 




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