Screening News Network Update – March 13, 2015
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EEOC v. Freeman Appeal Decided
The Fourth Circuit has handed the EEOC yet another defeat in its war against the use of background screening. The three judge panel decided to affirm the decision by the district court to throw out statistical analysis of Freeman’s background screening program because of the Commission’s so-called expert’s quote- “mind-boggling number of errors and unexplained discrepancies.” The summary judgment for Freeman stands. If you would like to read more about the decision, click on over to our blog.
North Dakota Turns Down Legal Pot
North Dakota would have been the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana, but House Bill 1430 failed 26 to 67. Lawmakers said that the concerns and the risks outweigh the potential benefits of legalization at this time.
The state’s Attorney General warned that the bill raised too many concerns about regulation and public safety, and would make it harder to fight impaired drivers. Regulating the drug’s quality and keeping it out of the wrong hands were also reasons for concern.
Virginia Passes Nursing Bill
Virginia’s legislature has passed a bill that makes background checks mandatory for all registered and licensed practical nurses in the state. Governor Terry McAuliffe called for the background checks after a newspaper investigation showed that nurses only had to fill out a short questionnaire about substance abuse and criminal history to get their license. Virginia is one of only four states that don’t check applicant’s criminal history.
Once signed, the new law will authorize the Board to conduct state and FBI checks. The Governor has already allocated a quarter of a million dollars and four new positions to his proposed budget to make these background checks happen.
Georgia Bans the Box
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed an Executive Order that makes Georgia the first southern state to Ban the Box. The order applies to state jobs, with the exception of some sensitive government positions. Georgia is the 14th state to pass this kind of legislation.
South of the capitol and right in the heart of the state, the Macon-Bibb County Commission voted 6 to 3 to Ban the Box on all its county job applications. Under the new ordinance, the county will still perform background checks on applicants, but they will give them the chance to have an interview and to explain their record in person.
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