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Discrimination

- 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.

Protected Speech

- 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.

Managers Think It Still Takes Too Long to Get Security Clearances

- Hiring managers are still unhappy with the time it takes the government to process security clearances, according to a survey by a security clearance job-seeking site.

DoD: Random Lie-Detector Tests Increase Personnel Security

- Periodic lie detector tests contribute to better personnel security, according to a recent DoD study of its own polygraph procedures.

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.

Morning Security Brief: Stuxnet’s Origin Story, Chinatown Buses Shut Down, DOJ Sues Casino for Documentary Practices, and More

- 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.

Firearms

- 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.

Healthcare

- This online-only feature explores the effects of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the contract security guard industry.

Avoid Harassment Headaches

- Learn how your company can craft a program for deterring harassment in the workplace and properly handle claims when they do occur.

Morning Security Brief: Background Checks, TSA Finds Guns Parts in a Kid's Toys, National Security Spending, and More

- 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.

CSOs Share Career Advice

- Members of the ASIS CSO Roundtable share insights on finding a mentor and networking as part of the May digital edition.

Employment

- A bill (H.R. 2501) introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against unemployed applicants. The bill would also prohibit advertising a job and indicating that unemployed status is a disqualification.

How the Affordable Care Act Could Affect Contract Security Providers

- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act later this month. It plans to issue a ruling by June. Ralph Brislin, CPP, examines how it could impact contract security companies.
 




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