03/27/2013 - 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.
11/30/2012 - Without a broad base of trust, society and all of our institutions would fail to function. This is the focus of Bruce Schneier’s newest book, Liars & Outliers: Enabling the Trust That Society Needs to Thrive.
08/28/2012 - A man is fired because his tattoo “violates workplace violence policy.” Police chiefs in Canada want unidentified remains added to the country’s DNA database. Tropical storm Isaac update. And more.
08/27/2012 - A teacher who was fired from a religious school after she became pregnant out of wedlock may pursue her sex discrimination claim. The court ruled that a jury could reasonably find that the school actually fired the teacher because she was pregnant, rather than because she conceived out of wedlock.
08/27/2012 - A California court has ruled that a bank may not sue a former employee for defamation after the employee posted negative information about the bank on an Internet forum. The court ruled that the postings were “speech in furtherance of the public interest,” because they concerned the business practices of the financial services sector.
08/06/2012 - 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.
06/01/2012 - Stuxnet was created by the U.S. and Israel as part of a cyber campaign against Iran. The Feds target the curbside bus industry after a wave of crashes. The DOJ sues a casino for treating noncitizens differently than U.S. citizen employees. And more.
05/29/2012 - A bill (S.B. 863) pending before the Michigan Senate would allow the employees of licensed private investigators to carry concealed weapons in restricted areas where average citizens are not allowed to bring firearms. Licensed private investigators are already allowed to carry in restricted areas.
05/09/2012 - A business sets up a sting to arrest a woman after a preemployment background check reveals a warrant for her arrest. TSA finds a disassembled gun in a child’s stuffed animals. National Security spending recommendations for fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2022 from POGO. And more.