- Expect a Dramatic Rise in I-9 Raids
- Administration Goes on the Attack against Opioid Epidemic
- Senate Ok’s Broader Use of the Sex Offender Database
- Spokeo Gets Home Depot Out of a Jam
Expect a Dramatic Rise in I-9 Raids
The Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says employers who hire undocumented workers will soon face a massive crackdown from the federal government. Thomas Homan says he wants to remove the magnet that is drawing people to the country illegally. He anticipates the enforcement activities will increase up to four or five times the current level. This means more workplace investigations, more I-9 audits, and even more large scale raids. Homan says ICE will be using a two-pronged attack by prosecuting the employers and then detaining and removing the illegal workers from the sites. He recommends employers conduct internal audits and be sure they properly train their managers on how to stay compliant.
Administration Goes on the Attack against Opioid Epidemic
President Trump is declaring the much talked-about opioid epidemic a national emergency, and the new chief of the Food and Drug Administration is ready to step up the fight against these drugs as well. Dr. Scott Gottlieb told the National Academy of Medicine that there is no time to waste. He says the FDA will advocate requiring shorter durations for opioid prescriptions, increased oversight of the more highly-addictive immediate-release opioids, and more required training for prescribers, nurses and pharmacists. The FDA is also trying to spur development of abuse-deterrent formulations of these drugs.
Senate Ok’s Broader Use of the Sex Offender Database
After seven years of trying, the Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017 has passed the Senate. The amendment to the National Child Protection Act of 1993 would allow more employers to access the FBI Sex Offender Database if they are hiring employees or volunteers to work with children or other vulnerable populations. Senator Chuck Schumer has been working to close a loophole in the system that kept the database from being available nationwide.
Spokeo Gets Home Depot Out of a Jam
A federal judge in California granted a motion to dismiss a proposed class action lawsuit against Home Depot. Lead plaintiff Katherine Saltzberg claimed the home improvement chain violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by including waivers on the disclosure forms job applicants have to sign acknowledging that a background check is going to be conducted. But the judge dismissed the case, citing Spokeo v. Robins. District Court Judge Gary Klausner said that he dismissed the case because the plaintiff failed to demonstrate actual harm, nor did she allege “concrete” injury as required by the Supreme Court’s ruling.
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