Legislative Alert - Friday, January 27th, 2017: FCRA Suit Brewing at Starbucks [Video + Transcript]
- Starbucks: The Next Company to Run the FCRA Gauntlet
- Therapist Must “Check Out” Before Giving Rubdowns
- FTC Head Steps Down
- New I-9 Forms Now a Must
Starbucks: the Next Company to Run the FCRA Gauntlet
A Colorado man is suing the nation’s most well-known coffee brewer, claiming the giant corporation failed to follow FCRA Adverse Action requirements and refused to hire him because of some serious mistakes on his background check. When Jonathan Santiago Rosario’s pre-employement report came back, it reportedly showed arrests for several violent crimes as well as drug charges. Starbucks sent Rosario a letter that said his background check did not meet their requirements. The applicant is alleging the company did not send him a copy of the report, nor did they follow required adverse action steps that would have allowed him to correct the mistakes before he was turned down for the job. Rosario is suing for monetary damages and has requested a jury trial.
Therapist Must “Check Out” Before Giving Rubdowns
Newly introduced legislation in Idaho would require all massage therapists to have criminal background checks. The state does not currently require any background check in order to receive a license, but if the bill is passed the state’s 2,100 therapists will need to each spend an additional $37 on top of their other licensing fees. The state’s House Health and Welfare Committee unanimously agreed to introduce the bill. Next it must clear a legislative hearing. If it becomes law, Idaho will join 25 other states as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico in requiring the screen.
FTC Head Steps Down
Edith Ramirez, the Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, has announced her resignation. Her last day on the job will be February 10th. President Obama appointed Ramirez as a Commissioner in 2010. She became the Chair of the consumer watchdog group in 2013. During her service the agency focused a lot of attention on regulating technology, turning data security and hacking into major regulatory issues. President Trump has yet to name a successor.*
*Breaking News Update: President Trump has named Maureen K. Ohlhausen to be the acting Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Ohlhausen has served as a Commissioner since 2012. Before joining the FTC she was a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where she headed the firm’s FTC practice focusing on privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity matters. She also spent five years at the U.S. Court of Appeals.
New I-9 Forms Now a Must
There has been a long run-up to the changes in the Form I-9, and on January 22 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, stopped accepting the old form. The changes in the form are meant to help reduce errors, and the electronic version offers a lot of new electronic prompts and help features. If you use EBI-9 for your Form I-9s, you don’t have to do a thing. Everything has been updated for you.