November 2019 SM Online
More than one in five Americans say they have cancelled plans or considered cancelling plans to attend a large-scale public event over security concerns, the 2019 Unisys Security Index found.
OPIOID RESPONSE TOOLKIT
The U.S. National Safety Council released a new toolkit this year for employers responding to the opioid epidemic or other impairing drugs in the workplace.
Most U.S. employees believe they have the right to speak up about their employers—either for or against them—through open letters, social media posts, or walkouts, according to a new report.
OPIOID USE WORLDWIDE
According to the United Nations 2019 World Drug Report, 53 million people—about 1.1 percent of the global population—used opioids in 2017.
An Iranian government agency published guidelines to counter sexual harassment and abuse of power.
Hackers were able to access vast amounts of data on Equifax’s systems because the company did not implement basic security measures, according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence found that while the security of elections improved after 2016, systems remain vulnerable to interference.
Dartmouth College settled a sexual harassment suit with former and current students for $14 million.
New York amended its Human Rights Law to make it easier to prove discriminatory harassment for members of all protected classes.
A human rights group encouraged three factories in Lesotho to agree to ending sexual harassment against female employees.
A Washington court ruled that state legislation banning arbitration is superseded by the Federal Arbitration Act.
Oracle is appealing a previous decision, continuing the challenge to the U.S. Department of Defense's JEDI contract decision.
Texas successfully sued the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). A judge ruled that the EEOC does not have legal authority to create or enforce substantive rules, in particular regarding background checks.
The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 would require a background check for every firearm sale.
WORKPLACE TRANSPARENCY ACT
Illinois’ Workplace Transparency Act is intended to combat workplace harassment and provide greater protections for employees.
A New Jersey bill would prohibit discrimination based on hair.