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OFCCP Sets Rules to Aid Disabled and Veterans

In August 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) adopted new rules intended to improve job opportunities for protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

Deadline for Filing Conflict Minerals Reports Looms

The deadline for filing conflict mineral reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is May 31, 2014, and many companies still have a lot of digging to do before they get from here to there.

Drug Testing Index Shows Sharp Decline in Employee Drug Use

Illegal drug use among American workers has declined 74% in the 26 years since enactment of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, according to Quest Diagnostics’ Drug Testing Index (DTI). The national laboratory network bases its index on the results of 125 million employee urine tests performed for employers between 1988 and 2012.

RWAs Can Help Manage Alcoholic Employees

Although alcoholism is a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers may terminate employees who violate agreements to get sober. A U.S. court of appeals recently reaffirmed this principle, ruling in favor of a freight transportation company that fired an employee after he breached a return-to-work agreement (RWA).

Where Do You Hide $1 Trillion?

According to a recent report by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington-based group committed to exposing financial corruption, developing countries lost almost $1 trillion to crime, corruption and tax evasion in 2011. Between 2002 and 2011, developing countries lost a total of approximately $5.9 trillion, according to GFI.

Employees Are the First Line of Defense

A trade secret is any compilation of information that gives a business the opportunity to obtain an advantage over competitors who do not know the secret.  You cannot protect a trade secret by registering it with a government agency as if it were a patent. Rather, organizations can keep trade secrets out of the hands of competitors only by — well, by keeping them secret.

Target Targeted for Big Data Theft

Over the course of 19 days, beginning on the day before Thanksgiving, hackers obtained personally identifiable information, including credit card numbers and security codes, from 40 million shoppers at some 1,800 Target stores in the United States. It was one of the largest, speediest and most sophisticated retail-data thefts ever.

Jury Convicts Former Hedge-Fund Manager of Insider Trading

After deliberating for just a single day on December 18, a federal jury found Michael Steinberg, a former SAC Capital portfolio manager, guilty on one count of conspiracy and four counts of insider trading. This case marked another win for the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, which has secured 77 convictions since 2009 without losing a single trial.

English-Only Rule May Present Headaches for Employers

Employers who implement English-only rules often find themselves facing charges of national origin discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. English-only rules are discriminatory because they tend to allow American-born but often not foreign-born employees to communicate in their language of origin.

White Men Have Rights, Too

Five employees of Archie Comic Publications Inc. recently filed a sex discrimination lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act against the company's co-CEO. The suit is unusual, among other reasons, because each of the plaintiffs is a white male, and the defendant is a woman.

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