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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.

Identity theft

- In numerous states, lawmakers have addressed identity theft. In most cases, they are amending earlier laws, refining the state’s role in curbing identity theft, or enhancing criminal penalties for those convicted of committing such crimes.

Homeland Security

- New state laws regarding vaccination programs, endangering the food or water suply, and the interoperability of the public-safety communications network.

Employment

- New laws regarding discrimination, captive audience presentations regarding unions, and employees failing drug tests.

Defibrillators

- Two states, New Jersey and Michigan, approved almost identical laws requiring that health clubs purchase and install automated external defibrillators. The measures also require that at least one person be on duty at all times who is trained to use the device. The laws provide for fines of $500 to $1,000 for those health clubs that fail to comply.

Computer Security

- Numerous states have created laws that require companies to notify consumers in the event of an electronic security breach. The laws include exceptions when the notification would be extremely costly, though the figures differ by state.

State Legislature Wrap-Up: Background Checks

- Continuing with a trend that began several years ago, many states are requiring that criminal background checks be conducted on individuals in certain jobs, such as in childcare or healthcare settings.

Legal Report

- A court rules that an employer improperly fired an employee for behavior caused by a disability; Washington joins the states bucking the REAL ID Act; updates on bills on explosives, public transit, and more.

Legal Report

- Court rulings on discrimination claims relative to retaliation and hotel premises liability, as well as legislation covering airline and courthouse security.

Legal Report

- A wrap-up of court decisions on false imprisonment, religious discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment.

Connecticut - Employment Law

- A bill (H.B. 371) under consideration in the Connecticut General Assembly would outlaw bullying in the workplace. The law would make it illegal for employers to subject workers to conduct that is abusive. Abusive conduct is defined as any action, committed with malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile or offensive. Examples include repeated infliction of verbal abuse or sabotaging or undermining a person's work performance.

West Virginia - Employment Law

- A bill (H.B. 2346) introduced in West Virginia would make it illegal for employers to mandate employee attendance at certain types of meetings. Employees would not be required to attend meetings that deal with the employer's opinions on politics, religion, or labor unions.

Document Fraud

- A bill (S. 276) introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is designed to curb document fraud by making it illegal for anyone to produce, issue, or transfer more than ten legitimate passports without permission from the government. Forging, counterfeiting, or altering passports and making ten or more false applications for passports would be punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
 




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