11/30/2012 - A review of the legislation approved by the 112th Congress, as well as measures that did not pass this session.
Legal Report: Proprietary Information Protection
09/28/2012 - Courts issue decisions on hostile work environments and whistleblowers. Lawmakers consider bills on economic espionage and transportation.
Legal Report: Personnel Protection
08/28/2012 - 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.
Legal Report: Workplace Violence
08/28/2012 - 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.
08/28/2012 - A bill (H.B. 308) currently pending in the Delaware House of Representatives after being approved by the House Telecommunication, Internet, and Technology Committee would prohibit employers from requesting passwords to social media sites as a condition of employment.
08/28/2012 - A bill (H.R. 5690) introduced by Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) would provide grants to public elementary and secondary schools to train nurses on biological and chemical events. Under the bill, nurses would be trained to serve as first responders and crisis managers in the event that their school was hit by a biological or chemical attack or an outbreak of pandemic flu.
Legal Report: Terrorism
08/28/2012 - A bill (H.R. 2764) that would establish an information-sharing program on weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) has passed the House of Representatives and is currently pending in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
Legal Report: Drug Control
08/28/2012 - A bill (H.R. 4223) that would enhance penalties for drug counterfeiting has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee. The bill must now be taken up by the full House of Representatives.
Legal Report: Border Security
08/28/2012 - A bill (H.R. 915) that is designed to improve security along the U.S. border with Mexico has been approved by the House of Representatives. The bill is now pending in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
08/24/2012 - Courts announce decisions on concealed weapons, detention of terrorism suspects, and healthcare privacy, while lawmakers consider bills on border security, counterfeit drugs, and campus security.
Legal Report: Travel Security
07/30/2012 - Two bills, H.R. 4068 and S. 2044, introduced by Rep. Mike D. Rogers (R-AL) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) would require the government to study the health effects posed by the use of backscatter x-ray machines at airline checkpoints.
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.
07/30/2012 - A bill (S. 2076) that would upgrade security equipment in state and local courthouses has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate has not announced whether it will take up the bill. S. 2076 would allow state and local governments to use money from various federal grant programs to improve security at courthouses.