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June 2014
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Whistleblowers

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s opinion, ruling that whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act includes employees of a public company’s private contractors and subcontractors. The plaintiffs had been employed by private companies that manage mutual funds for public companies that have no employees. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivered the Court’s opinion, writing that its interpretation of the law “protects the employees of investment advisors, who are often the only firsthand witnesses to shareholder fraud involving mutual funds.”

    EU Corruption

    Corruption is costly. In fact, it is costing the European Union about €120 billion ($165 billion) per year, according to a recent report from the European Commission. It assesses corruption in all of the EU’s 28 member countries, analyzing industry sectors, the nature and level of corruption, and the effectiveness of measures taken to fight it, which vary from country to country.

      Healthcare Privacy

      Patient privacy remains at risk despite federal laws to protect it. Learn more in the Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security, a study by the Ponemon Institute that was sponsored by ID Experts.

        Business Case

        This guide to developing a business case, written by the ASIS International Leadership and Management Practices Council, is designed to help managers effectively present a program or project to senior management and gain additional resources to advance the program.

        NSA Surveillance

        President Barack Obama asked a group of experts to provide recommendations on modifying the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program. Read the report here.

          Global Cyber Risk

          Under Cyber Attack: EY’s Global Information Security Survey 2013, a report from Ernst and Young, describes the cyber risks facing today’s business world and offers some strategies for addressing them.

            Espionage

            The NATO report Pandemonium: Nation States, National Security, and the Internet looks at nation-state hacking and the power of espionage in modern culture.

              Trade Secret Theft

              Trade secret theft costs industry billions of dollars each year and no company is immune to trade secret misappropriation. In a recent white paper, the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade details how widespread trade secret theft has become and how companies can mitigate the risk of trade secret misappropriation.

              Nuclear Safety

              Since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, nuclear regulators around the globe have introduced new requirements to improve nuclear safety and security. The Government Accountability Office details the new changes and elaborates on measures still needed to improve nuclear security in the United States.

                Drones

                A federal judge dismissed a case challenging the Obama administration’s use of unmanned drones to kill terrorism suspects overseas. In her opinion, Justice Rosemary M. Collyer wrote that the courts cannot create a remedy for targeted killings without intruding on the powers of the president and Congress to wage war.

                  Employment

                  A New York court has ruled that employees’ immigration status does not affect the employer’s rights under Workers’ Compensation Law section 11. Instead, employers have economic protections under the law regardless of employees’ immigration statuses.

                    Gun Rights

                    The U.S. Supreme Court refused to re-enter Second Amendment gun controversies and denied to hear three cases seeking clarification on the scope of an individual’s right to have a gun for personal self-defense.

                      Parody

                      The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) settled a lawsuit with an activist who was selling merchandise using their logos. The NSA and DHS acknowledged that merchants who use images and names of government agencies on parody merchandise are not in violation of any federal laws.

                         




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