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- A man beaten by guards sues the guard provider, Florida passes a law on alarm monitoring, new rules are rolled out on electronic discovery, and more.

New in Plaintext

- Nancy Flynn, in her new book Blog Rules: A Business Guide to Managing Policy, Public Relations, and Legal Issues, doesn’t waste time in getting to the statistics.

Background screening

- A bill (S.B. 2002) would require that all applicants to any North Carolina university undergo a criminal records check. The bill, the first of its kind in the nation, was introduced after two University of North Carolina students were killed by their classmates. Both murderers had lied on their applications and denied having a criminal record to gain admission.

Quick Bytes: Federal Privacy

- Read about the Consumer Privacy Legislative Forum, which was formed by major corporations to support consumer privacy legislation.

Discrimination

- The federal government has ordered a Tulsa business to pay $1.24 million to 52 employees for violating laws against discrimination.

Whistleblower Protection

- The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that an employee cannot sue his employer for wrongful termination under a state whistleblower statute because he was not asked to commit a crime.

Legal Report

- Federal appeals on cases involving intellectual property and employee monitoring, regulations on counterfeit drugs, and a new cargo security bill.

Arbitration Dos and Don’ts

- Companies are increasingly using arbitration, but management needs to understand the legal issues before crafting a policy.

Criminal Justice Technology in the 21st Century, Second Edition

- The book is a compilation of scholarly articles targeted to professors, students, and policymakers, relying heavily on research studies that employ both inferential and descriptive statistics. The material is presented in four sections, with contributions appearing from some of the leading criminal justice experts in the academic community.

Quick Bytes: Metrics

- Guide for Developing Performance Metrics for Information Security analyzes legislative requirements, describes linkages between strategic planning and information security, and explains types of performance metrics.

Cargo security

- Two cargo security bills (S. 2459 and H.R. 4954) are pending in Congress. The two are companion bills. Lawmakers are expected to merge the two into a single bill. S. 2459, the GreenLane Maritime Cargo Security Act, has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and has been taken up by the Senate. The bill would establish a program to certify all supply chain participants to increase security. The bill would also set minimum security standards for all cargo containers entering the United States and create a joint operations center to coordinate maritime commerce at a federal level. H.R. 4954, also referred to as the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act, or the SAFE Port Act, has been approved by the House and has now been taken up by the Senate. The bill would establish security standards for cargo containers and require nuclear and radiological detection screening at all U.S. seaports. The bill would also provide an extra $400 million annually in port security grants.

Privacy

- The European Court of Justice has ruled that an information-sharing agreement between the United States and the European Union (EU) is invalid because it violates EU laws.

Employee Monitoring

- An appellate court has ruled that singling out an employee and monitoring his work is not harassment unless the monitoring results in an adverse employment action.
 




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