04/29/2014 - Six people have been injured in a workplace shooting at a FedEx facility in an Atlanta suburb. The deadly storm system that killed at least 20 people on Monday caused more damage overnight in the Southeastern United States, with more storms on the way. AOL is asking all e-mail users to reset their passwords after a security breach led to a flood of spam. And attacks in the Syrian city of Homs kill at least 37.
04/22/2014 - An employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it terminated an employee for a temporary condition that he alleged made him disabled, according to a new ruling by a federal court. The court ruled that an “impairment” is not excluded from being a “disability simply because it is temporary.”
Book Reviews: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
03/25/2014 - A joint study conducted in January by the Ponemon Institute and Cintas shows that one-third of businesses do not have a policy for secure document destruction. Of those organizations that do have a policy, more than half say the guidelines do not cover the secure destruction of hard drives. Read about these and other findings in the full report.
01/30/2014 - A New York court has ruled that a parolee can sue a company that furnished an erroneous drug test, and Congress tackles issues of sexual orientation discrimination and passenger screening equipment.
01/17/2014 - Harold Grimsley, CPP, has written a short but highly effective narrative of his experiences rising through the ranks of the security profession to become director of security for three major corporations.
12/31/2013 - A federal court has awarded a former security officer more than $50,000 in back wages and attorney’s fees after he was fired for refusing to shave his beard as requested by his employer. The officer kept his beard closely cropped but maintained that the beard was part of his religious observance. The court found that the company’s request was religious discrimination.
12/31/2013 - After Idaho brought a lawsuit over excessive violence at the Idaho Correctional Center, Corrections Corporation of American (CCA) agreed to maintain adequate security staff. A federal court has ruled that there is still “a persistent failure to fill required mandatory positions, along with a pattern of CCA staff falsifying records to make it appear that all posts were filled.” CCA must now submit to an independent monitor and report regularly to the court. The court also established a fine of $100 for every hour that a mandatory post is vacant after a grace period of 12 hours.