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What’s on the Horizon in the Golden State?

As we near the turn of the year into 2015, organizations should keep an eye on laws taking effect on the West Coast. This year, the crop of new privacy statutes includes a few without precedent anywhere in the country. The...more

FERC adopts grid physical security reliability standard

As expected, federal regulators have approved a new physical security standard for the high-voltage electricity grid. On November 20, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Reliability Standard CIP-014-1...more

FERC considers Physical Security Reliability Standard

Federal energy regulators are considering a new national standard for protecting the physical security of the U.S. electric grid. Given the importance of electric reliability and concern over terrorist attacks and sabotage,...more

The Cost of Security for Employers: Is Time Spent Going Through Security Compensable?

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether employers will be required to pay their employees for time spent going through a security clearance at the end of each shift. The case is Busk v. Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc.,...more

Public Sector Secrecy Rules Could Violate Federal Whistleblower Laws

Whistleblower laws are intended to discourage corruption by granting legal protection and sometimes even financial incentives to employees who report corruption and other violations. However, these laws can sometimes be at...more

FERC Proposes to Approve NERC Physical Security Standard

In proposing to approve NERC’s new Physical Security Reliability Standard, FERC also seeks the ability to identify facilities that must be protected....more

Three Security Awareness Training Findings That Will Surprise You

As providers of ethics and compliance training solutions, we never tire of discussing topics like anti-bribery training, sexual harassment training, code of ethics training… and so many more. Lately, we have seen a real...more

Guidance Regarding Compliance with Changes to Clery Act Made by VAWA Before Final Regulations Become Effective

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (DOE) released guidance designed to assist institutions of higher education in determining how to comply with the Violence Against Women...more

ANSI Seeks Participants For Technical Committee On Security

On June 25, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) issued a call for organizations with an interest in security to participate in an advisory committee to a new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) ...more

Supreme Court To Decide Whether Employers Must Pay Workers for Security Checks

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case brought by a group of temporary warehouse employees seeking pay for time spent going through mandatory security checks at the end of their work shifts. The workers are...more

Spotlight on Workplace Violence Prevention and Awareness in April

April 2014 marks the third annual Workplace Violence Awareness Month, an observance aimed at raising public awareness of one of the top four causes of workplace fatalities. In 2009, the Bureau of Justice Statistics...more

FDA Seeks Information for Implementation of Drug Supply Chain Security Act

On November 27, 2013, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) was enacted "to build an electronic, interoperable system to identify and trace certain prescription drugs as they are distributed within the United States." To...more

FERC Proposes Development of Physical Security Standards for the Bulk-Power System

On March 7, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") directed the North American Electric Reliability Corporation ("NERC") to develop reliability standards requiring owners and operators of the Bulk-Power...more

Demystifying the SOC Reports: What are they, what do they cover, and which one(s) do you need?

If you are an IT sourcing professional or an attorney negotiating IT agreements, you have probably encountered the terms AT 101, SSAE No. 16, SOC, SOC1SM, SOC2SM and SOC3SM. These are terms that are well understood by...more

Amazon Prime Time – Should Employees Be Paid to Wait in Security Lines? Supreme Court to Decide.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral argument on the issue of whether employers must compensate employees for time they spend going through mandatory security checks, which are aimed to curb employee theft....more

Supreme Court Accepts Certiorari In Security Screening Case

We’ve written at least twice now on class actions arising out of time spent by employees going through security lines, primarily at the end of their shifts. The question is whether and when such time might be compensable...more

Are Employees Owed Pay for Going Through Security? SCOTUS Will Decide

The U.S. Supreme Court granted cert on March 3, 2014 in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Jesse Busk to resolve a federal circuit split on whether time employees spend in security screenings is compensable under the FLSA....more

FERC Directs NERC to Propose Mandatory Reliability Standards Regarding Physical Security Risks to the Bulk-Power System

On March 7, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order directing the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to propose one or more Reliability Standards to require certain entities...more

Is an End-of-Shift Security Clearance Compensable? The Supreme Court Will Decide Next Term

On Monday, March 3, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to decide whether a company was required to pay overtime compensation to its workers for the time they spent passing through a security clearance at the...more

Supreme Court To Decide Whether Fair Labor Standards Act Requires Compensating Employees For End-Of-Shift Security Screenings

The Supreme Court makes its biggest headlines when it wades into the biggest issues of the day. But the Supreme Court also maintains a substantial docket of seemingly small—but ultimately important—technical questions....more

Amendments to the Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Consumers to Take Effect on March 15, 2014

On Oct. 25, 2013, China's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (the “NPC’s Standing Committee”) promulgated the Amendments to the Law on the Protections of the Rights and Interests of Consumers (the...more

Summary of the Volcker Rule

On December 10, 2013, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity...more

Florida High Court to Examine Proximate Cause in Negligent Security Case

On August 2, 2013, the Florida Supreme Court accepted review of a case to examine the issue of proximate cause in a negligent security case. See Sanders v. ERP Operating Ltd. Partnership, 96 So. 3d 929 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)...more

FTC Announces First “Internet Of Things” Settlement

On September 4, the FTC announced its first action against a marketer of an everyday product with interconnectivity to the Internet and other mobile devices – what the FTC refers to as the “Internet of Things.” The company,...more

“Off-the-clock” security checks and the Fair Labor Standards Act – what companies need to know

The practice of conducting unpaid security checks of employees at their workplaces is under fire across the country. Many employers have been hit with class action suits seeking to test the legitimacy of this practice under...more

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