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Whistleblowers

- The whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that prohibit retaliation against employees do not apply to workers outside of the United States, according to a federal judge’s ruling.

Romancing the Workplace

- Companies can reduce the likelihood of harassment lawsuits stemming from romantic workplace relationships by preventing relationships between subordinates and managers and by having employees in romantic relationships sign Love Contracts.

Employment Discrimination

- A bill that would specifically outlaw discrimination based on the wearing of religious clothing or hairstyles has been approved by the California Assembly and is now pending in the California Senate.

Workplace Bullying

- A bill (S.B. 4289) that would provide workers with a civil course of action if they are subjected to an abusive work environment is under consideration in the New York Senate.

Morning Security Brief: Canadian Police Want to Add Missing Persons DNA to Databases, Tattoo Violates Workplace Violence Policy

- 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.

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.

Weapons

- An employee of the University of Kentucky was wrongfully fired for keeping a firearm in his car on school property, according to the state’s high court. The court ruled that the state’s concealed carry law prohibited the university from firing the employee.

Editor's Note: Keeping Staff Problems In Perspective

- Anyone familiar with history knows the perils of taking too literally—or perhaps at all—Nietzsche’s concept of the Superman, but recent news about problems with U.S. Secret Service agents offers a lesson in the more mundane pitfalls of thinking there is any such thing as an Übermensch.

Social Media

- A bill (S.B. 1349) currently pending in the California Senate would prohibit employers and educational institutions from requiring or requesting that employees or students give to those authorities the passwords to their social media sites or provide access to their accounts.

Whistleblowers

- A bill (S. 241) that would expand protections for whistleblowers reporting misuse of federal funds has been approved by the House Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The bill would apply to employees working for companies that receive federal funds, including those that have government contracts or receive grants or payments from the government.

Economic Espionage

- A recent court ruling found that a former Goldman Sachs employee who stole code for a proprietary internal trading system did not violate the Economic Espionage Act because the code was for an internal system.

Medical Marijuana

- A federal appeals court has ruled that the ADA does not protect individuals against discrimination for the use of medical marijuana. Even though medical marijuana is legal in California, it is not granted legal status under federal law and is, therefore, not covered under the ADA.
 




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