[Video] Legislative Alert Friday March 25th: Big Box Store Pays Big Fine
Screening News Update
- Home Depot Pays the Price for Data Breach
- Ban the Box Amendments Take Effect in Philly
- E-Verify and I-9 News
- Tourney Costs Employers Billions
Home Depot Pays the Price for Data Breach
While they admit to no wrong-doing, retail goliath Home Depot has agreed to settle several class actions stemming from a massive data breach. The breach affected customers paying with credit cards in the US and Canada between April and September of 2014. Home Depot will pay $19.5 million to settle the suits. Thirteen million will reimburse consumers who had out-of- pocket losses, and $6.5 million more will provide 18 months of free identity protection to all of the victims. The company also agreed to spend the next two years improving their information security, which will include regular data security assessments, employee training and payment card encryption.
Ban the Box Amendments Take Effect in Philly
Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards ordinance -- or it’s “Ban the Box” law -- has been in effect since 2012, but extensive new amendments went into effect earlier this week. The law now applies to all Philly employers except those paying for domestic services in private homes. Employers may not ask about criminal backgrounds or ask if the applicant is willing to consent to a background check. Criminal history can only be discussed AFTER a conditional job offer has been made. If there is an issue with an applicant’s history, the job offer cannot be revoked unless an individualized assessment is conducted. Employers who violate the ordinance will be subject to court costs and punitive damages.
E-Verify and I-9 News
Immigration services are going mobile! US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that employers can now utilize the E-Verify program on mobile devices. While there is progress on the E-Verify front, there might be a roadblock ahead when it comes to I-9. The current Form I-9 is scheduled to expire on March 31st. In January the USCIS put out a request for public input on possible changes. Many employers have been preparing for any change in the form, but with just days left, there is still no guidance. Once a change happens, all employers need to be sure they shift to the new version. We will let you know if and when a new form is released.
Tourney Costs Employers Billions
If you are hooked on hoops this month, you are not alone… and that could be bad news for employers. A new survey shows that March Madness could cost businesses nearly $4 billion in lost productivity. According to the study from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, our mobile devices are to blame. They say 58% of millennials plan to watch a game on their phone, 40% plan to keep up with their brackets throughout the day. Their advice to employers? Don’t fight it! Use the tournament to boost morale -- which should help make up at least some of those lost hours!