Daily Headline : Viewpoint
08/01/2012 - 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.
SM Online: Web-based Threats
07/30/2012 - 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.
Legal Report: Personnel Protection
07/30/2012 - 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.
SM Online: Proprietary Information Protection
07/30/2012 - 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.
07/30/2012 - 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.
SM Online: Legal Issues
07/30/2012 - An employee with a condition causing unpredictable heart spasms may not pursue his claim of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A federal appeals court ruled that the employee’s health condition posed a direct threat to safety because the job required him to operate heavy machinery.
News & Trends: Intelligence
07/26/2012 - A look at why crime statistics can be misleading and analysis of an appellate court verdict that exonerated an employee who stole proprietary code before leaving for another job.
Managing: Legal Issues
07/26/2012 - 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.
Book Reviews: Proprietary Information Protection
07/26/2012 - Ronald Mendell explains governmental spying and how it differs from industrial espionage, with the latter being the primary focus of this work.
Editor's Note: Viewpoint
07/25/2012 - 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.
SM Online: Workplace Violence
06/27/2012 - A California appeals court has ruled that a company can be held liable for harassing statements made by employees on a blog. Even though the blog was accessed by employees while they were off-duty, the court ruled that once the company learned of the blog, it had a duty to act to stop the harassment.
SM Online: Legal Issues
06/27/2012 - An employee of a privately held company (as opposed to a publicly held company that comes under regulatory authority of the Securities and Exchange Commission) is not covered by the whistleblower protections offered under Sarbanes-Oxley, according to a recent appellate decision. The employee is not protected even if his employer provides services to a public entity that is covered by the act.
Managing: Security Management
06/27/2012 - One company’s painful embezzlement incident can provide lessons for security managers in recognizing and preventing fraud.