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Firearms

- A federal appeals court has ruled that the right to carry a concealed weapon is not protected under the U.S. Constitution. The court ruled that it could not declare the act of carrying a concealed weapon as “sufficiently basic to the livelihood of the nation.”

Legal Report

- A company’s drug and alcohol screening program passes judicial muster, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that police need a warrant to use drug dogs, and legislators consider bills on courthouse security, school safety, and fraud.

Private Security and the Law, Fourth Edition

- In this provocative book, the author covers a wide spectrum of topics regarding private security law. The book excels primarily because the author continually emphasizes the overarching business imperatives while considering the applicable liabilities.

Religious Discrimination

- A federal court has ruled that an employee may pursue her religious discrimination claim against her employer. The employee argued that she could not follow company policy and receive a flu shot because it was against her religion, veganism. The court is allowing the case to proceed, ruling that the employee should be given the opportunity to prove that veganism meets the requirements of religious belief under discrimination statutes.

Investigations

- A California appeals court has ruled that an employee may be legally fired for failing to cooperate with an in internal investigation.

Morning Security Brief: Background Checks on Gun Purchases, Nuclear Emergencies, and Law Enforcement Corruption

- U.S. Senators agree to background checks at gun shows, a report urges the government to better research emergency response to a nuclear disaster, and two agents charged with investigating corruption are found falsifying records.

Morning Security Brief: European Privacy Policies, Border Security, and School Safety

- European data protection authorities launch investigations of Google, the government fights illegal border crossings at Indian reservations, and the Indiana legislature considers placing an armed officer at every public school.

Wrongful Discharge

- Virginia’s high court has ruled that an individual supervisor may be held liable in a wrongful discharge claim. In the case, a female employee was fired by her supervisor after she refused to get divorced and begin an affair with him. The court ruled that “employer-only liability would be insufficient to deter wrongful discharges.”

Trade Secrets

- An employee accused of stealing intellectual property from his employer must turn over his personal iPhone to be examined as part of the discovery process. The judge ruled that, because of the phone’s functionality, the order was “tantamount to ordering the production of [a] computer.”

Employment

- An employee who was fired after a Facebook post showed her at a party when she was on leave for debilitating back pain may not sue her employer after she was fired for fraud. 

Background Screening

- A federal appeals court has ruled that a company did not violate a former employee’s confidentiality when it disclosed medical information to prospective employers.

Legal Report

- The courts hand down opinions on background screening, retaliation, trade secrets, and wrongful discharge while lawmakers consider gun control legislation.  

Surveillance Laws Need to Be Updated, Says FBI General Counsel

- The rapid advancement of technology has had a positive impact on law enforcement, but it also poses enormous legal challenges because the U.S. has “old laws,” according to Andrew Weissman, general counsel to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). He spoke at the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law & National Security luncheon in Washington, D.C. today.
 




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