Legal Issues: Drug Control
05/24/2013 - A federal court has ruled that a steel manufacturing company’s random drug and alcohol screening program is not discriminatory. Given the dangerous nature of the work involved, the court ruled that the program was necessary to maintain a safe work environment.
International: Drug Control
05/24/2013 - This comprehensive study from the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime, Transnational Organized Crime in Central American and the Caribbean, examines trends in violence and the drug trade in Central America.
Legal Issues: Homeland Security
05/24/2013 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that the CIA must turn over documentation regarding its drone program.
05/24/2013 - The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) is working with manufacturers, consultants, integrators, and end users to develop interoperability specifications, or PSIA Profiles.
Homeland Security: Legal Issues
05/24/2013 - A federal appeals court has ruled that the right to carry a concealed weapon is not protected under the U.S. Constitution. The court ruled that it could not declare the act of carrying a concealed weapon as “sufficiently basic to the livelihood of the nation.”
05/24/2013 - Find out more about an untraditional method of decision making in which a computer program helps assess unlikely outcomes. The process is explored in this report on robust decision making from Rand Corporation.
05/24/2013 - The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of the government’s domestic spying law do not have standing to pursue their case. The Court ruled that the plaintiffs—journalists, international aid groups, labor organizations, and attorneys—could not sue because they could not show that they had been directly harmed by the law.
The Workplace: IT Security
05/24/2013 - According to a recent survey of IT professionals conducted by the Ponemon Institute, insider fraud is on the rise, with data breaches being one of the most common threats. However, fewer than half of the companies surveyed say they are prepared to deal with the challenge. Read about those and other findings online.
Law Enforcement: Investigations
04/26/2013 - USA Network’s White Collar has partnered with the FBI. Take a look at some real life white collar crimes that the FBI is looking for the public’s help to solve.
The Workplace: Research & Studies
04/26/2013 - A global study by Proskauer includes best practices for businesses that allow social media at work for corporate and personal use. Read the full results of the study.
04/26/2013 - An employee may pursue her disability discrimination claim against her employer, according to a federal appeals court, because she presented sufficient evidence that her termination for insubordination was a pretext for discrimination. The employee’s supervisor accused her of lying about her injuries and told her that she would not be permitted to return to work unless she could work full time.
Facility Management: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
04/26/2013 - Damage to a building’s fire and life safety systems can occur during an earthquake, making it difficult for people to evacuate the facility and impeding the work of first responders. Researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute conducted a series of tests on a building that simulated post-quake fires. They assessed how the damage affected the passive and active fire protection systems to contain fire and smoke.
Legal Issues: Drug Control
04/26/2013 - The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that training and testing records support a drug dog’s reliability in establishing probable cause for a search. The dog’s alert was one part of the totality of circumstances that allowed the search to go forward.