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White Collar Crime

- 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.

Social Media

- 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.

ADA

- 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.

Life Safety

- 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.

Drug Dogs

- 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.

Religious Discrimination

- A federal court has ruled that an employee may pursue her religious discrimination claim against her employer. The employee argued that she could not follow company policy and receive a flu shot because it was against her religion, veganism. The court is allowing the case to proceed, ruling that the employee should be given the opportunity to prove that veganism meets the requirements of religious belief under discrimination statutes.

Investigations

- A California appeals court has ruled that an employee may be legally fired for failing to cooperate with an in internal investigation.

Workplace Violence

- Find out how Purdue Pharma analyzed their security program to come into compliance with the ANSI/ASIS Standard on Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention. View a Power Point presentation on how the company defined what issues needed to be updated.

Discrimination

- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued instructions to federal contractors on criminal background screening of employees. The OFCCP’s directive urges contractors to consider federal antidiscrimination laws before refusing to hire applicants based on the results of criminal background checks.

Wrongful Discharge

- Virginia’s high court has ruled that an individual supervisor may be held liable in a wrongful discharge claim. In the case, a female employee was fired by her supervisor after she refused to get divorced and begin an affair with him. The court ruled that “employer-only liability would be insufficient to deter wrongful discharges.”

Resiliency

- After a series of storms battered the state, Maryland convened a task to examine lessons learned and offer recommendations for improving the resilience of the state’s power grid. The group’s final report offers 11 recommendations, ranging from policy improvements to disaster drills.

Communications

- The derecho storm that hit in April 2012 played havoc with telecommunications systems on the East Coast. Read the FCC’s report exploring the disruption and offering recommendations for improving resiliency.

Data Security

- According to a new study from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)2, a shortage of security experts with strong leadership and communications skills poses a direct challenge to organizations around the world. The study includes feedback from more than 12,000 IT security professionals from across the globe.
 




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