2015



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December 13, 2015
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Drug And Alcohol Testing At Work Doesn't Deter Anyone, So Why Do It?

All Australian government-funded construction sites now require contractors to have a comprehensive fitness-for-work policy that includes mandatory drug and alcohol testing. The amendments apply to all new and existing projects after October 16, 2015, where the Commonwealth has contributed at least A$5 million and 50% of project value or at least A$10 million towards the project. But drug testing is not associated with deterring people from taking drugs, so why do we do it? Employed people are more likely than unemployed people to drink at risky levels. Plus, workers in the building and construction industry have a higher rate of use of some drugs than the general population. To be effective a workplace policy needs to be part of a broader healthy workplace solution that considers drug and alcohol use, mental health, fatigue and other impacts on fitness for work. Workplaces with effective drug and alcohol policies have happier, healthier and more productive staff and reduced absenteeism.

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November 24, 2015
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EU - US Umbrella Agreement About To Be Concluded: Towards A Transatlantic Approach To Data Protection?

"According to the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, V�ra Jourov�, the EU and the US have finalized the EU-US Umbrella Agreement. This is a remarkable breakthrough after the first calls for such an agreement back in March 2009, when the European Parliament called for an ""EU - US agreement ensuring adequate protection of civil liberties and personal data protection"". The Umbrella Agreement will complement existing EU-US and Member State-US agreements in the area of law enforcement and put in place a comprehensive high-level data protection framework. It will cover all personal data exchanged by the EU and the US for the purpose of prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of criminal offences - including obviously terrorism."

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November 24, 2015
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DPAs To Announce New Cooperative Arrangement At Conference This Month

"During their ""Fireside Chat"" at Dentons ' offices in London, UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham and former Interim Canadian Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier previewed details of a new cooperation agreement amongst global data protection authorities that will be announced at the Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference in Amsterdam later this month. The Arrangement, as it 's being referred to, creates a common understanding of the obligations of DPAs as they work together, so that separate memorandums of understanding don 't have to be negotiated and signed each time DPAs coordinate on a case. The Arrangement will speed up the ability for DPAs to co-investigate and share information, Bernier noted. This kind of coordination, along the lines of what GPEN has been doing with its privacy sweeps, is something you 'll see much more of in the future, Graham and Bernier agreed, in addition to groups like the Article 29 Working Party and APEC."

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