False missile warning in Hawaii spurs review of US alert system | N.C. lawmaker wants tougher data-breach laws | Feds to consider regulation of autonomous buses, trains, trucks
January 16, 2018
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False missile warning in Hawaii spurs review of US alert system
After Saturday's erroneous warning of a missile on course to strike Hawaii, federal and local officials will review the US government's wireless emergency alert system. Meanwhile, officials have updated Hawaii's system to expedite the cancellation of false warnings and to require two people to send an emergency alert.
The Associated Press (1/16),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/14) 
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N.C. lawmaker wants tougher data-breach laws
Legislation has been proposed in North Carolina to tighten data-breach laws, with ransomware attacks becoming events that must be reported to state authorities. Rep. Jason Saine says that over 5.3 million North Carolinians have been affected by data breaches in the past year and that stronger protections are needed.
WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (1/9) 
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Feds to consider regulation of autonomous buses, trains, trucks
Feds to consider regulation of autonomous buses, trains, trucks
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The Transportation Department will seek public input before adjusting regulations designed to foster the development of autonomous vehicles, buses, commercial trucks, trains and transit systems, Secretary Elaine Chao said. Regulators are updating the department's Federal Automated Vehicle Policy, due out this summer.
Bloomberg (free registration) (1/10) 
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Employee Benefits
Neb. state workers can donate time off to colleagues on maternity leave
Nebraska has adopted a policy allowing state workers to donate some of their vacation and compensatory time benefits to a colleague who has just given birth and is on family medical leave. The state gives workers 12 weeks of Family and Medical Leave Act benefits but the time off is not paid.
Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (1/8) 
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Law bans tobacco, electronic smoking devices on N.Y. county property
A new law in Oneida County, N.Y., bans the use of tobacco products and electronic devices related to smoking on property owned or leased by the county. The Oneida County Health Department and the Oneida County Employee Wellness Committee have provided information on the law for employees and the public, and smoking-cessation classes were scheduled for workers.
Observer-Dispatch (Utica, N.Y.) (1/10) 
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Higher Education
What are college leaders' top reputation concerns?
Top concerns of college and university leaders when it comes to risks to their reputation include issues under the categories of the school's business model, campus climate and sexual assault, a new survey finds. The data showed 70% of schools had a formal risk management process.
Inside Higher Ed (1/11) 
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DOJ scrutinizes college admission practices
A federal antitrust investigation has been opened by the US Justice Department into the ethics code of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Officials say a recent letter from the department stated the investigation centered on whether colleges agreed to "restrain trade" in student recruitment efforts.
The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content) (1/9) 
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Leadership & Management
Using and reading body language to resolve conflict
Body language offers clues as to how a team member feels about something, even if their words say otherwise, writes Zeynep Ilgaz. Body language can also set the stage for conflict resolution.
SmartBrief/Leadership (1/8) 
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How to build a reputation as a top employer
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Findings from the 2018 Global Medical Trend Rates Survey
The 2018 Global Medical Trend Rates Survey was conducted across 98 countries in which Aon brokers, administers or advises clients on employer-sponsored medical plans. The survey results highlight the medical trend expectations shared by Aon experts, clients and carriers in each country. Join our Aon experts on Wednesday, Jan. 24, as they discuss the findings from the survey and the potential impact to your business. Register.
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