Legislative Alert - Friday, August 12th, 2016: Ohio to Spend Millions Fixing Criminal Background Check System [Video]
- Another Lab Passes the eCCF Test
- Salary Questions off Limits in one State
- Ohio Throwing Money at Broken System
- Privacy Shield Applications Being Accepted
Another Lab Passes the eCCF Test
Quest Diagnostics just announced that it has passed its final federal inspections and will soon be able to process electronic Custody and Control Forms, or eCCFs, for regulated industries. Quest is only the second laboratory approved by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to handle the paperless system for regulated employers. The streamlined system replaces a five-part paper form with an online document for workplace drug testing. The Quest program is expected to go live in the next few weeks.
Salary Questions off Limits in one State
Massachusetts is tackling the wage gap by putting limits on employers. Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill that makes it illegal to ask about an applicant’s salary history before offering them a job. Lawmakers hope salary offers will represent an applicant’s worth to the company rather than what they made at their previous position. According to the Census Bureau, women across the country are paid 79 cents for every dollar that men earn in similar job positions. Since many companies use previous salaries as a baseline for new hires, lawmakers say those lower wages follow women from job to job. The new law also broadens the definition of “equal pay for equal work.” It goes into effect in July of 2018.
Ohio Throwing Money at Broken System
The state of Ohio has awarded a massive contract to a California company to fix the state’s “broken” criminal background check system. Last year the Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-TV produced an investigative piece that exposed huge problems in the aging system. Audits found that dozens of courts throughout the state failed to report criminal convictions to the state, which led to erroneous background checks. Ohio’s Attorney General awarded $10.8 million to a contractor to replace the entire system.
Privacy Shield Applications Being Accepted
On August 1st the Department of Commerce began accepting applications for self-certification for the new Privacy Shield Agreement between the European Union and the United States. While American companies are getting signed up, the European Commission is focusing on explaining to citizens exactly how their personal information is being protected. Guidelines have been published, and the EU plans to offer consumers free “alternative dispute resolution” for complaints against companies.