- FCRA Case against the Happiest Place on Earth
- Hundreds Arrested in Opioid Fraud Bust
- New Form I-9 Now Available
- Florida Governor Signs Bills that Affect Background Screening and Drug Testing
FCRA Case against the Happiest Place on Earth
A California judge has certified two class action lawsuits against Disneyland. One case was brought by 715 prospective employees who allege the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by making adverse employment decisions without giving the applicants copies of their background check reports. They claim they were also denied time to correct mistakes before employment decisions were made. The second class of nearly 43,000 applicants claims a consent form they were asked to sign did not clearly disclose that a pre-employment background check would be conducted. Both groups include prospective employees from November 2011 to the present.
Hundreds Arrested in Opioid Fraud Bust
We discuss America’s opioid problem a lot. Now, the federal government has taken a big bite out of a crime ring that has contributed to the problem. U.S. prosecutors have charged more than 400 people for prescribing unnecessary drugs and scamming the government out of $58 million in false treatments and tests. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions calls this “the largest healthcare fraud takedown operation in American history.” More than 120 people were charged with prescribing and distributing narcotics, and more than 300 healthcare providers have been suspended or banned from federal healthcare programs because of their participation in Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
New Form I-9 Now Available
Last week we told you that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was revising the Form I-9 yet again. The new Employment Eligibility Verification form was unveiled on July 17th. Some of the changes are revisions to the instructions like removing the words “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment.” There are also changes to the list of Acceptable Documents, but for the most part, the changes are small and should not impact employers very much. As we reported last week, the main change was initially supposed to make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to stay in the country to grow their business. The effective date for that International Entrepreneur Rule has been pushed back until March 14, 2018 because the Trump administration has put a freeze on all new regulations. The new Form I-9 is available now, but employers are not required to switch over until September 17, 2017.
Florida Governor Signs Bills that Affect Background Screening and Drug Testing
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed several high profile bills into law last week. The one making the most news is Senate Bill 8A, which sets out rules for implementing the use of medical marijuana in the state. Voters approved a constitutional amendment back in November. The new law gives doctors the authority to prescribe marijuana for patients struggling with a long list of ailments, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the production and distribution of the drug. House Bill 1121 was also signed into law. It allows certain confidential documents that relate to child abuse and neglect to be accessed during pre-employment background screening for those working with children in the child welfare system.