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Court Rules that Mental Health Check is a Medical Exam Under the ADA

- In a precedential case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that a mental exam is treated the same as a physical exam under the ADA.

Legal Report

- Courts announce decisions on concealed weapons, detention of terrorism suspects, and healthcare privacy, while lawmakers consider bills on border security, counterfeit drugs, and campus security.

Money Laundering Prevention: Deterring, Detecting, and Resolving Financial Fraud

- Turner accurately and succinctly explains this form of criminal operation.

Government Finalizes Privacy Settlement with Facebook

- The FTC has finalized a settlement with Facebook over charges that the social media giant deceived the public by telling them they could keep their Facebook information private and then disseminating that information.

New Bill Would Limit Criminal Background Checks

- A bill (H.R. 6220) introduced by Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-MI) would prohibit employers from asking about or checking an applicant’s criminal record until a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Encrypted Data

- The government may compel an individual to reveal the password to an encrypted hard drive if the government is already aware of what material resides in the hard drive, an appellate court has ruled.

Cybersecurity Legislation Revised in Light of Opposition

- Sen. Joe Lieberman has revised a bill to make mandatory cybersecurity provisions optional. Lieberman submitted the revised bill in hopes of getting Senate approval.

Morning Security Brief: States Provide More Mental Health Records, TSA Agents Head to London, and San Francisco Settles Lawsuit

- States make more health records available for firearms background checks, TSA agents protect London airports, and a manager in San Francisco reaches a settlement with the city's emergency management department.

Whistleblower Provisions Do Not Apply to Workers Outside the U.S., Court Rules

- A federal judge has ruled that the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that prohibit retaliation against employees do not apply to workers outside of the United States.

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Harassment Case

- In one of its last acts of the term, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case that questions the definition of a “supervisor” in sexual harassment lawsuits.

Drug Testing

- A new Florida law requires that state employees be randomly tested for drugs and alcohol. Read the law to find out how the testing program will work and who will be tested.


- A federal appeals court has upheld a California law that requires DNA collection from all adults arrested for felonies in the state. The court ruled that the collection of DNA is similar to the collection of fingerprints, which law enforcement has routinely collected for decades.

Legal Report

- A California appeals court rules that a company can be held liable for harassing comments made by employees on a blog, and lawmakers consider bills on counterfeit drugs, information sharing, and border security.

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