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October 2013
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Port Security

Learn more about a new study, which found that reliance on networked computer systems leaves ports, which are critical infrastructure, vulnerable to cyberattacks.

    Emergency Preparedness

    In testimony before a Senate committee, RAND researcher Arthur Kellermann explained that preparedness programs are the key to quick, organized response to catastrophic events.

      Americans with Disabilities Act

      A federal court has ruled that, because a company did not properly define an employee’s job, that employee may pursue a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A night-shift dispatcher asked to be switched to a day shift because of his diabetes and hypertension. The company refused to switch the employee to the day shift and the employee sued. Because the job description did not specify that the night shift was essential to the job, the court allowed the lawsuit to proceed.

      Cloud Technology

      Companies are increasingly turning to cloud-computing technology to manage their informational assets. This 2013 study by IDG Enterprise looks at facts and figures behind the types of cloud services businesses are choosing.
       

        Emergency Alerts

        Americans can sign up to receive emergency alerts from their local community organizations. Now the U.S. National Emergency Alert Registry. People can also sign up for the Wireless Emergency Alerts provided by the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

          Privacy

          New York’s high court has ruled that an employer’s around-the-clock tracking of an employee’s movements was unreasonable. The court ruled that while an employer can track an employee’s movements without a warrant in some cases, the tracking was excessive in this specific case.

            Harassment

            The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that employees must meet a strict burden of proof when alleging retaliation and has defined who is a “supervisor” in sexual harassment cases.

            Negligent Security

            The family of a civilian contractor who was killed during the terrorist attack against the Marriot Islamabad hotel in 2008, filed a negligent security lawsuit claiming that Marriot failed to protect its guests and employees. A federal appeals court has dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that the case must be brought in Pakistan, where the attack occurred.

            School Safety

            Kentucky has become the third state to require that students be read their Miranda rights before being questioned by a principal or school administrator if a law enforcement officer or school resource officer is present.

               




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