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TSA Warns of Vehicle Ramming Attacks

This past week, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) disseminated a report on the increasing frequency with which extremists are utilizing trucks and other vehicles as weapons by ramming them into pedestrians or other public gatherings of people. The document, titled “Vehicle Ramming Attacks: Threat Landscape, Indicators and Countermeasures” was sent to local law enforcement ...
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TSA Under Pressure from Congress – Again

TSA Under Pressure Robert Freeman of Cozen O’Connor reports on the pressure felt by the TSA from Congress. The TSA is facing distrust from a number of “committee members from” the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding their operations. The actions in question include “systematcially classifiying potentially embarassing documents as (SSI) to cover ...
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Establishing “Workweeks” For Exempt Employees

We have written previously about how important the “workweek” concept is in complying with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum-wage and overtime requirements. An FLSA workweek is a fixed, regularly-recurring period of seven, consecutive, 24-hour periods that management expressly adopts for FLSA purposes.  Employers must select and document at least one such workweek (or ...
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Help Fight Human Trafficking: a business travel New Year’s resolution

You might not realize it, but business travelers are in a unique position to be a line of defense in one of the world’s greatest tragedies: the crime of human trafficking. Because of the element of travel, the world of the business traveler and human trafficking victims overlap in surprising number of areas. Due to ...
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Strategic Meetings Management

Strategic meetings management is fast becoming best practice among businesses. Using a standardized approach across your company brings benefits that have long been recognized by organizations around the world. By using one central source to track what you’re spending and where, you’ll be able to monitor events and meeting expenditure company-wide. And you’ll see where ...
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How Much Crisis Planning is Enough?

One of the most important management competencies is planning. Crisis planning is the preparation of documented action steps designed to improve the organization’s response toward mitigating a disruption’s impact on assets and resources. Long ago, I was given some sage advice prior to briefing proposed Crisis Planning improvements to the executive team. My boss said, ...
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Airport Public Access Areas-Can They Be Safer But Still Welcoming?

So far in 2016, we have had the horrific Brussels-Zaventem airport attack and subsequently, an equally devastating bombing and shooting at the Istanbul-Ataturk airport, one of Europe’s busiest.  Both attacks occurred in areas readily accessible to the public.  In Brussels, suicide bombers targeted check-in areas, blowing up their explosive vests and killing 32 people.  In ...
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Pilot Program May Soon Help Streamline Employment-based Visa Process

On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a pilot program called “Known Employer” to streamline the process by which employers who sponsor foreign national workers send documents and information to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The program utilizes an online platform that allows certain employers who regularly ...
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Lyft agrees to revised $27 mln deal in driver lawsuit

Lyft has agreed to pay $27 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by California drivers who claimed they should be deemed employees instead of independent contractors, after a U.S. judge rejected a previous $12.25 million deal as too small. Lyft and larger rival Uber are attempting to resolve lawsuits by drivers who contend ...
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