NEWS & ANALYSIS

Senate Passes Sweeping Food Safety & Inspection Reform Bill

If enacted, the bill would increase inspections and empower the government to require food recalls, rather than simply recommending them. The House is expected to vote on the measure before the end of the year.

EEOC Issues Final Rule on Genetic Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a final rule implementing the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008, which bars employers from discriminating against employees based on their genes.

Lawmakers Seek to Close Corruption Loophole

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Tuesday to discuss a recent U.S. Supreme Court case, which narrowed the application of federal law that prosecutors had used to bring fraud cases against corrupt corporate executives and politicians.

Massachusetts: New Law Limits When Employers Can Ask Job Applicants About Convictions

Come November 4, Massachusetts will no longer allow employers to ask applicants to check the box that asks whether they have a criminal record when filling out a job application.

ESPN Reporter Pushes Tough Antistalking Bill

Victimized ESPN reporter Erin Andrews this week urged Congress to pass antistalking legislation that would toughen sentencing and allow law enforcement to pursue stalking undertaken via cell phone or the Internet.

New Financial Law Contains Whistleblower Protections and Incentives

The financial reform bill signed last week by President Obama not only strengthens whistleblower protections but provides a financial incentive to blow the whistle against fraud on Wall Street.

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Port Security

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing yesterday to discuss current port security initiatives and explore whether the SAFE Port Act of 2006 should be reauthorized in its previous form or should be altered to address additional security issues.

Amendment to Defense Bill Would Prevent Transfer of Guantanamo Prisoners

A amendment to the 2011 defense department authorization bill would prohibit the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States.

New Bill Would Make it Easier to Prosecute Identity Theft

A new bill introduced in Congress would make it easier for the federal government to prosecute identity theft cases.

Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Whistleblower Bill

Lawmakers held a hearing to discuss a bill that would amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) by increasing penalties for violators and boosting protections for whistleblowers.
 




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