Welcome to EBI’s 100th Screening News Update! Over the last three years our team has worked hard to bring you the latest information on pre-employment screening. We’ve interviewed some of the biggest industry movers and shakers. We’ve travelled from DC to Las Vegas and California. We’ve had a little fun, and had our fair share of bloopers! But through it all, our one and only goal is to keep you informed in this rapidly changing world of background screening and drug testing. We hope you will continue to tune in and share our broadcasts with friends and colleagues. And with that, let’s get to this week’s news!
- Driver’s Licenses Going Digital
- Random Drug Testing For State Troopers?
- An Upstate New York County Bans the Box
- Last Chance to Save E-Verify Records
Driver’s Licenses Going Digital
Things like Apple Pay and Google Wallet have made carrying an actual wallet a thing of the past, for some. But if you forget that wallet and get stopped for speeding, you are not going to be a happy camper. That’s why Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Maryland and Washington, D.C. are taking part in a two-year pilot program to offer digital driver’s licenses. The license will look just like the plastic kind, but will live on your cell phone. It will also be a full-blown app with security protection, and eventually real-time data from the DMV. There are still lots of potential potholes that need to be dealt with, including fourth amendment questions if you have to hand over an unlocked cellphone to an officer. Stay tuned for developments.
Random Drug Testing For State Troopers?
An oversight panel in the South Carolina House is asking the Department of Public Safety to explore reinstating random drug testing for state troopers. There is a policy for these random tests but they have not been enforced for more than a decade. Representative Eddie Tallon (R-Spartanburg) says the state cannot afford not to test the men and women who are carrying guns and driving vehicles faster than 100 miles per hour. The Department of Public Safety is in the process of getting cost estimates to present to the legislature.
An Upstate New York County Bans the Box
The Albany County Legislature in upstate New York voted 32 to 3 to approve a new measure to ban the box. “Local Law N” removed the criminal history question from county job applications. Lawmakers say they hope to eventually expand the law to include private employers.
Last Chance to Save E-Verify Records
We have been talking about this for more than a year… and it is finally here. At the end of this month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will dispose of all E-Verify records that are more than 10 years old. If you need to retain any cases dated before December 31, 2006 you need to download your Historic Records Reports before March 31st. After that, they will be gone.