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Civil Liberties

- Civil liberties groups joined together to produce this report on the repression and criminalization of protest activities. The report explores how some law enforcement agencies are using aggressive tactics in dealing with peaceful protesters.  

Whistleblowers

- A federal appeals court has ruled that the whistleblower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley act apply to employees of publicly traded companies who report fraud, even if that fraud does not relate to company shareholders.  

ADA

- An employee who could not do her job part time while healing from an injury may not subsequently claim that maintaining that part-time job was a reasonable accommodation for her disability. An employee suffering from a back injury was absent from work or unable to complete even a few hours a day in her job. When she was terminated, the employee filed a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act claiming that maintaining her part-time job should have been offered as a reasonable accommodation. A federal appeals court ruled that the employee’s request was unreasonable because the employee could not demonstrate that she was capable of filling this position if it were offered to her.  

Nuclear Facilities

- This study from a nuclear nonproliferation group revealed the differences in security standards among the nation’s nuclear facilities. The study found that government-owned facilities has stricter security procedures than those in the private sector.  

Employment

- A ruling in California finds that security officers who are required to be on the worksite and on-call but not actively working, must still be paid for that time because their ability to engage in personal pursuits is limited. However, officers need not be paid for the eight hours allotted to them for sleep.

Privacy

- A federal appeals court has ruled that law enforcement can extract historic location data from telecommunications companies without a warrant. The information is not protected by the Fourth Amendment, ruled the court because consumers knowingly give up the data each time they make a call or send a text message. The case contrasts with a recent New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that requires police to get a warrant to obtain cell phone information that could be used to track an individual.

Transportation Safety

- A recent Government Accountability Office report discusses the need for better data and analysis of safety risks involving cargo tank trucks.

Liability

- An employer may be held liable for vehicular manslaughter committed by an employee after hours. An employee became intoxicated at a company party and then later, after he had returned home and then left again, crashed into another car, killing the driver. The parents of the victim may sue the employer because the employee was acting within the scope of his employment when he got drunk.

Cybercrime

- In a report titled Threats on the Horizon: The Rise of the Advanced Persistent Threat, Fortinet takes a look at the evolution of advanced persistent threats, how they typically operate, and the actors behind this cyberattack vector.

Employment

- A federal appeals court has ruled that home health aides who deceived their employer about their intention to strike are not entitled to reinstatement to their original shifts and patients following the strike. The court ruled that the aides’ actions were “indefensible” and put their patients in imminent danger.

Bioterrorism

- Read reports on the U.S. government’s BioWatch program. One report discusses current testing procedures and efforts to collaborate with public health systems. Another looks at the government’s acquisition process in purchasing new testing systems.

Border Security

- A federal appeals court has ruled that border agents must establish reasonable suspicion before conducting a forensic search of electronic devices seized at border crossings.

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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