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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.

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.

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.

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.
 




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