Legislative Alert: Thousands on the Job in NYC without Completing Mandatory Background Checks [Video]
- NYC Facing Massive Background Check Backlog
- Bill Could Protect Veterans’ Credit Reports
- Florida Uber/Lyft Bill Becomes Law
- Form I-9 Changing… Again!
NYC Facing Massive Background Check Backlog
Thousands of New York City employees are on the job without having their mandatory background checks completed. According to the New York Daily News, the city’s Department of Investigation (DOI) has a backlog of 5,750 background checks. Most of those checks have been started, but never completed. More than 1,990 have not even been touched, and at least 20 of the checks have been stuck in the system for more than 3 years! The DOI has 16 background investigators each working on an average of 160 cases. The department blames the backlog on a hiring spree by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio which has sent the city’s payroll skyrocketing to an all-time high of nearly 300,000 employees. There is no word on why these background checks are taking so long to complete, but it probably has something to do with the 40-page questionnaire many employees have to fill out. Some of the oldest checks languishing in the system belong to people hired to work in the city’s Health and Hospitals system.
Bill Could Protect Veterans’ Credit Reports
When veterans are unable to get the care they need from the VA they are often sent into the private sector. Thanks to the Veteran’s Choice Program that was established in 2014, those bills from the private sector were supposed to be sent back to the VA to be paid. Unfortunately, the VA has been slow to pay those bills and the non-payment has been reported on some veterans’ credit reports. House Bill 2683 would prohibit medical providers from reporting unpaid bills that are supposed to be paid by the VA for one year. The bi-partisan bill has 19 co-sponsors.
Florida Uber/Lyft Bill Becomes Law
The “Uber/Lyft Bill” that Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law recently is now in effect. The bill makes ridesharing rules consistent throughout the state by overriding a patchwork of local laws. Under the law, all rideshare drivers will have to carry a minimum of $50,000 in death and bodily injury insurance per passenger, $100,000 of coverage per accident, and $25,000 to cover property damage. Background checks are also now required. Critics say there is still an uneven playing field because taxi and limo drivers still have to comply with other requirements like vehicle checks and inspections. The Governor says he signed the bill to help reduce burdensome regulations and encourage innovation and job creation in the state.
Form I-9 Changing… Again!
A new Form I-9 is scheduled to be released on July 17, 2017. It is the second mandatory change over the past year. The most recent change is specific to foreign entrepreneurs. The goal is to allow start-up founders to stay and work in the country in order to grow their business. The I-9 change will include a modified List of Acceptable Documents that will allow these foreign entrepreneurs to present a foreign passport and a form I-94 as their proof of work authorization. The form isn’t available quite yet, however all employers will be required to switch over to the new version by September 17, 2017.