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Legal Report

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

Legal Report

- A wrap-up of court decisions on false imprisonment, religious discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment.

Connecticut - Employment Law

- A bill (H.B. 371) under consideration in the Connecticut General Assembly would outlaw bullying in the workplace. The law would make it illegal for employers to subject workers to conduct that is abusive. Abusive conduct is defined as any action, committed with malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile or offensive. Examples include repeated infliction of verbal abuse or sabotaging or undermining a person's work performance.

West Virginia - Employment Law

- A bill (H.B. 2346) introduced in West Virginia would make it illegal for employers to mandate employee attendance at certain types of meetings. Employees would not be required to attend meetings that deal with the employer's opinions on politics, religion, or labor unions.

Document Fraud

- A bill (S. 276) introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is designed to curb document fraud by making it illegal for anyone to produce, issue, or transfer more than ten legitimate passports without permission from the government. Forging, counterfeiting, or altering passports and making ten or more false applications for passports would be punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Homeland Security

- A bill (H.R. 599) that would streamline the certification process under the SAFETY Act, which provides legal immunity for the use of certified products, has been approved by the House of Representatives and is currently under consideration in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Fire Safety

- A bill (H.R. 592), introduced by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), would require colleges and universities that receive federal funds to provide an annual fire-safety report to all current students and employees, and to any applicant upon request. The report would contain specific information about the fire-safety practices and standards of that institution.

Genetic Discrimination

- A bill (S. 358) introduced by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-WA) would prohibit discrimination based on genetic information has been approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

Airline Security

- A bill (S. 509), introduced by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), that would require screening of cargo on passenger airplanes has been approved by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The Senate has agreed to consider the bill.

Courthouse Security

- Courthouse security. A bill (S. 378) to increase courthouse security has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would require that the U.S. Marshals Service offer ongoing security advice to the judiciary.
 




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