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- As Associate Editor Ann Longmore-Etheridge noted in her feature, there are many resources risk managers can consult whether planning overseas trips or preparing for a pandemic.

Washington - Consumer Reports

- It has become more difficult for employers in Washington state to access an applicant's credit report to make hiring or promotion decisions. Under a new law (formerly S.B. 5774), employers can only obtain credit reports if the information is substantially related to the person's current or potential job - or if it is required by another law.

Airport Security

- The bill (H.R. 1413), introduced by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), would establish an airport security pilot program has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection.

Data Mining

- The bill (S. 236) introduced by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) would monitor government use of data mining has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

International

- A survey of 300 office workers and IT professionals by Infosecurity Europe found that 64 percent were prepared to give away their passwords in exchange for a smile and a chocolate bar; 29 percent of those surveyed admitted knowing a coworker's password.

Violent Crime

- Violent crime has soared over the past two years finds a report from the Police Executive Research Forum. Alarmingly, murder has risen 10.2 percent since 2004.

Sexual Discrimination

- A woman can seek a sexual discrimination claim against her employer says a federal appeals court, even though the position she sought was not filled by a male employer, but eliminated.

Negligence

- A bank is not liable for an employee's injury during a bank robbery ruled a federal appeals court because it did not attempt to conceal the workplace risk from the employee.

Background Screening

- Six DHS background screening programs are examined by the GAO and found to be duplicative of one another, resulting in widespread redundancies and other inefficiencies.

IT Security

- How protected from data leakage is your business? A survey of IT decision makers and found 60 percent of companies lost confidential data in the last year. 33 percent believe it could put them out of business.

Identity Theft

- The recommendations are in from the President's Task Force on Identity Theft: the strategic plan advises four broad policy changes including that federal agencies reduce the unnecessary use of Social Security numbers.

Hostile Workplace

- Accidentally seeing pornography viewed by colleagues is not sufficient for a hostile workplace claim ruled a federal appeals court. However, the court determined the woman could pursue a claim based on the overall environment in which women were continually denigrated, called names, and placed in sexual situations.

Emergency Planning

- Don't know what to do if pandemic influenza hits the U.S.? Then read the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's pandemic influenza preparedness and response guidelines for the healthcare field.
 




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