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August 2013
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Background Checks

A federal district court has ruled that an employee who was incorrectly linked to a negative background check may not pursue a class action lawsuit against the consumer reporting agency that conducted the check. The court found that the lawsuit was too broad because the plaintiff could not prove that most negative checks were inaccurate.

Cybersecurity Framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be holding more workshops on the cybersecurity framework it is developing with the help of the private sector. Read the initial analysis of comments to find out what industry leaders and organizations are saying the framework should include.

    Security Screening

    A federal appeals court has ruled that warehouse employees may pursue a lawsuit against their company to receive payment for the time spent undergoing security screenings at the end of their shifts.

      Data Brokers

      The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sent warning letters to 10 data brokers after an investigation indicated that they might be willing to sell personal information in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

        Marijuana

        There is no employment protection for marijuana users in Colorado, according to a state appeals court. Even though recreational and medical marijuana use is now legal in the state, employees who test positive for off-duty marijuana use can be fired from their jobs.
         

        Trade Secrets

        A jury has found David Nosal guilty of trade secret theft, conspiracy, and violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) after he used his employer’s confidential information to start his own business.

          9-11

          A lawsuit brought by families of victims killed on 9-11 against various organizations that provided material support to al Qaeda has been dismissed by a federal appeals court. The court ruled that the plaintiffs did not have grounds to bring the lawsuit, in part because they could not prove that the organizations’ actions were the proximate cause of the victims’ injuries.

             




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