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Retaliation

- A security guard refused a date from a senior manager and sued the company for sexual harassment.

Racial Discrimination

- A company can be held liable for the discriminatory practices of a supervisor. In the case, an HR employee terminated an employee for missing work without permission.

Background screening

- A bill (H.B. 23) introduced in the Hawaii House of Representatives would require background checks on current and future public school teachers as well as subcontractors who work at public school facilities in any capacity.

Courthouse security

- A bill (H.B. 5678) pending in the Connecticut General Assembly would set aside $10 million to evaluate security in courthouses and courthouse parking lots. The remaining funds would be used to install necessary security systems.

9-11-related healthcare

- A bill (S. 201) introduced by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) would establish grants of $1.9 million to provide medical and mental health monitoring, tracking, and treatment to individuals whose health has been directly impacted as a result of the 9-11 attacks.

Hospital Security

- A bill (H.R. 257) introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) would require that all hospitals that receive reimbursements under Medicare implement security procedures to reduce infant abduction.

Critical infrastructure

- A bill (H.R. 143) introduced by Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) would allow the government to provide direct assistance to the private sector in an emergency.

Rail security

- A bill (S. 184) introduced by Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) would increase security requirements for freight and passenger rail systems has been approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The measure is now pending in the Senate.

Genetic discrimination

- The House Education and Labor Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing on H.R. 493, a bill that would outlaw genetic discrimination.

Surveillance

- A new Wyoming law makes it a felony to intentionally and surreptitiously record images of people in an enclosed area where they have an expectation of privacy such as a bathroom, shower, or dressing room.

Physical Security

- New laws in Virginia and Florida regarding landlord/tenant relations and alarm monitoring companies.

Legal Report

- A wrap-up of court decisions on background screening, identity theft, nuclear facility security, airport security, and antiterror legislation.

Information Brokers

- Several states passed laws to make it illegal for information brokers to obtain information by pretending to be the consumer or someone else with legal access to the data—a practice known as pretexting.
 




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