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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.

Emergency Alerts

- Americans can sign up to receive emergency alerts from their local community organizations. Now the U.S. National Emergency Alert Registry. People can also sign up for the Wireless Emergency Alerts provided by the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

Cloud Technology

- Companies are increasingly turning to cloud-computing technology to manage their informational assets. This 2013 study by IDG Enterprise looks at facts and figures behind the types of cloud services businesses are choosing.  

Americans with Disabilities Act

- A federal court has ruled that, because a company did not properly define an employee’s job, that employee may pursue a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A night-shift dispatcher asked to be switched to a day shift because of his diabetes and hypertension. The company refused to switch the employee to the day shift and the employee sued. Because the job description did not specify that the night shift was essential to the job, the court allowed the lawsuit to proceed.

Emergency Preparedness

- In testimony before a Senate committee, RAND researcher Arthur Kellermann explained that preparedness programs are the key to quick, organized response to catastrophic events.
 




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