Legislative Alert: Resume Fraud | Impaired Driving Rises | More Ban the Box [Video]
- Resume Lies Cost CEO His Job
- Drugs May Cause More Road Fatalities than Alcohol
- 11th State Bans the Box
Resume Lies Cost CEO His Job
The now former CEO of Samsonite claimed he earned a PhD from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. The degree was often referenced in Ramesh Tainwala’s online biographies as well as several business databases. But a degree verification check through the National Student Clearinghouse confirmed he never earned that degree. Tainwala told the Wall Street Journal that he never claimed to hold the degree—only that he had enrolled in the program and some friends would jokingly refer to him as “doctor.” While the company insists they didn’t mention the PhD in their literature since going public, it was included in at least two regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The CEO stepped down a few days after the accusation surfaced.
Drugs May Cause More Road Fatalities than Alcohol
A new study released by the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that drivers who die behind the wheel are more likely to have marijuana, opioids or other drugs in their system than alcohol. While the study does not diminish the danger of drinking and driving, it does highlight a much broader problem when it comes to impaired driving. In 2016, 44% of fatally-injured drivers tested positive for drugs. More than half of those tested positive for two or more drugs. During the same time frame, the percentage of drivers who were killed while under the influence of alcohol dropped from 41% to 38%.
11th State Bans the Box
Both public and private employers in Washington State may no longer advertise that they won’t hire people with criminal records, and they can’t have a policy that categorically excludes those who have had run-ins with the law. Employers also can’t ask any questions about a job applicant’s criminal history until they have determined they are otherwise qualified for the position. All of this falls under the state’s new Fair Chance Act that went into effect on June 7th. Washington is the 11th state to pass a sweeping Ban the Box law. It is important to note that the law does not apply to those working with vulnerable populations, law enforcement or other regulated positions.