Jennifer Gladstone

Legislative Alerts – May 20th, 2014
Legislative Alerts – May 20th, 2014

Drug Testing Programs for Miner’s Safety The death of two West Virginia miners earlier this week puts the industry under scrutiny once again. The cause of the accident at the Brody Coal Mine has not been determined yet, but this unfortunate incident is a prime example of why the state and the industry are constantly trying to find ways to protect those who chose to go down into those mines. A few weeks ago West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed a law that will require employers to report any positive drug tests for individuals associated with safety-sensitive mining positions, including current employees and certified applicants.

Screening of Volunteers in Youth Sports – What’s It Going To Take?
Screening of Volunteers in Youth Sports – What’s It Going To Take?

An article in this week's Baltimore Sun says Baltimore County is the only jurisdiction in the region that does not require background checks for coaches and other adults who volunteer for youth sports. Since I live in Baltimore County, have a son who plays baseball here, and I now work for a background investigations firm… I have to ask… what gives?

EEOC: Suing Less—But Still Pushing Too Far
EEOC: Suing Less—But Still Pushing Too Far

Over the last couple of years, the EEOC has made it harder for employers to discriminate against job applicants with criminal pasts.  With the promise of protection, more workers have come forward with complaints of discrimination… everything from age discrimination to issues regarding past criminal records. On the surface, that’s how the new regulations presented by the EEOC in 2012 were meant to work.

Legislative Alert! San Francisco Bans the Box
Legislative Alert! San Francisco Bans the Box

As of this week, San Francisco contractors, employers and affordable housing providers have strict limits as to how they can use information about an applicant’s criminal history.  This Ban the Box legislation is different than most we have seen because it includes people applying not just for jobs… but for public housing.

Don’t Let Simple Form I-9 Compliance Mistakes Shut You Down
Don’t Let Simple Form I-9 Compliance Mistakes Shut You Down

The owners of the Black and Blue Restaurant of Rochester, New York started this New Year by handing $88,700 over to the feds.  Their crime?  Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) accused the restaurant of failing to prepare I-9 forms for 19 employees, and having hundreds more that were incomplete.  ICE originally wanted $264,605 in penalties… but after an appeal, the Department of Justice settled for less. This is not the first time I-9 violations have nearly cost a restaurant owner their livelihood.

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