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January 2013
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Issuing blanket instruction to employees mandating that they should not discuss an investigation with their coworkers violates federal labor law. Find out why.


Transparency International U.K. assesses the transparency of the anticorruption programs implemented by defense companies.

    Computer Crime

    An employee who downloaded confidential documents before going to a competitor did not violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The law, ruled the court, applies to those who access data without authorization.

    Food Safety

    Recommendations for ensuring food safety are put forth by the Government Accountability Office.

      Data Breach

      An appeals court ruled that healthcare customers who suffered identity theft may sue the company after laptops containing customer data were stolen. The company argued that the customers had no standing.

        Fusion Centers

        State-based intelligence fusion centers, partially financed by the federal government, have largely been a failure, according to a congressional subcommittee investigation.

          Medical Marijuana

          An employee who was fired for using medical marijuana may not sue his employer, according to a federal appeals court. The court ruled that the state law in Michigan, which allows the use of medical marijuana, does not protect the employee from disciplinary action.


            Changes to the way the Federal Trade Commission implements and enforces the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act are under consideration by the agency.

              Workplace Privacy

              The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that employees have an expectation of privacy even when working on computer equipment owned by their employer.

              Drug Dogs

              Two cases involving the use of dogs to sniff out narcotics are before the U.S. Supreme Court. In the cases, the Court will determine the circumstances under which dogs outside a home can be used to detect drugs inside a private residence and what credentials are necessary to prove that a drug dog is properly trained.

                Workplace Violence

                A study conducted by the John Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response examines hospital shootings.


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