• Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Settles Suit
• Mandatory Background Screening in Kentucky
• Authorization to Use Hair Testing in DOT Drug Testing Programs?
We have a quick note for anyone who has been participating in the E-Verify program for longer than 10 years. On January 1st U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be purging all records that are more than 10 years old. That means if you started using E-Verify BEFORE December 31, 2005 you need to download all of your historic records before December 31, 2015, or they will be gone forever. For instructions on how to do that, click here.
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Settles Suit
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has agreed to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission that the company failed to protect their customers’ data in cyberspace. This case dates back to three data breaches between 2008 and 2010. Hackers allegedly stole more than 619-thousand credit and debit card numbers. The FTC brought the case in 2012. It took years to settle because there was a huge battle over whether the FTC even had the authority to police these issues. In the end, the company didn’t admit any wrongdoing, but it will now create a comprehensive information security program to protect the customer’s name and card information. Wyndham will not have to pay any fines, but will have to conduct annual security audits to be sure the system meets certification standards.
Mandatory Background Screening in Kentucky
As Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear prepares to leave office he made a bold move to protect some of his most vulnerable constituents. He signed an emergency regulation implementing mandatory national background checks on anyone working in a nursing home or long-term care facility. The measure goes into effect on January 1. A voluntary background check system has been in place since May of 2014, but with only 7 percent of the state’s providers taking part, thousands of complaints continue to come in. The governor hopes making the checks mandatory will help weed out not only those with serious criminal records, but those accused of abuse and neglect as well.
Authorization to Use Hair Testing in DOT Drug Testing Programs?
On December 4th Congress passed H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. The legislation authorizes more than $250 billion for federal highways and transit programs over the next 5 years. The bill contains authorization for DOT regulated employers to use hair testing in their pre-employment and random drug testing programs. This does not mean employers can start using hair testing today. The Department of Health and Human Services must first establish federal standards for hair testing. As soon as that happens, we will let you know.
Medical Marijuana Legislation
The debate over whether to legalize medical marijuana and how to grow and distribute it continues across the country. This week’s developments include a step forward for legalization in Missouri and a big decision in Georgia. The Missouri Secretary of State approved a petition calling for a constitutional amendment to legalize the drug for medical use. Supporters need to get more than 157-thousand signatures before May 8th in order to get the issue on the ballot. In November, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation that made medical marijuana legal… but only in oil form. Now a panel appointed by the governor has voted to reject a plan to allow marijuana to be grown in the state. Governor Deal says he does not support the cultivation of the plant because he is not convinced the state can keep it under control.