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IT Jobs

- Need a career? By 2012, Frost & Sullivan estimates the number of information security positions will increase by 10 percent.

Elsewhere in the Courts: Retaliation

- The California Supreme Court has ruled that, under state law, an employee cannot hold a coworker liable for retaliation. The court ruled that while individual workers can avoid making bad decisions, they cannot be held responsible for company policies that might create harassment or discrimination.

Security Skills

- Need a job? A new survey says the demand for IT security skills is fast outpacing the supply.

Quick Bytes: Skills Needed

- There’s a wide gap between the IT security skills that companies seek and those that candidates have, according to a survey by the Computing Technology Industry Association.

Workers' Compensation

- An impolite, unpleasant, and volatile woman does not deserve workers’ compensation for the psychological damage she incurred at work, an appeals court ruled, because she brought it on herself.

Don’t Shoot the Messenger

- Whistleblowers deserve protection.

Painless Performance Reviews

- Reviews should focus not on past problems but on how the worker can improve and plot a career path with the company.

Elsewhere in the Courts: Mental Health

- A federal appeals court has ruled that an employee who suffered a breakdown after a stray dog found its way into a warehouse where she was working can pursue her claims against the company. The employee filed a lawsuit arguing that the company violated her rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when it fired her after the incident. The court agreed that the employee’s actions, which included irrational behavior and anxiety, should have alerted the company that she might be suffering from a serious mental health condition.

Elsewhere in the Courts: Employment Screening

- Contract employees assigned to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) can pursue their lawsuit against the agency over stringent new background screening rules. The court ruled that the new requirements raise privacy issues and do not seem to further the government’s legitimate interests because they target low-risk employees as well as those in more sensitive positions.

Elsewhere in the Courts: Sexual Harrassment

- A federal appeals court has overturned a circuit court’s sexual harassment verdict in favor of a fast food restaurant. In the case, the appeals court ruled that the owner of the business could be held liable for the actions of the restaurant manager who fired a teenage employee after she refused to date him and then blocked her access to information she needed to report the incident.

State Legislation: Oklahoma: Background Screening

- A new Oklahoma law (formerly H.B. 1927) would require that special advocates—those appointed by the court to represent the best interest of a child—undergo a criminal background check.

Sexual Harassment

- The California Court of Appeal has overturned a $1.5 million harassment verdict and ordered a new trial because the jury was given incorrect instructions on what constitutes sexual harassment. The plaintiff in the case was spanked as part of a team-building exercise.

Emotional Distress

- An employee may sue his employer for intentional infliction of emotional distress, a federal appeals court ruled, after the worker was fired for refusing to confess to a crime he did not commit.
 




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