Legislative Alert - Thursday, April 20th, 2017: EEOC Wants More Private Data, Senators Fight Back
- Senators Fight Increased Info Demand from EEOC
- President Tackles Growing Crisis of Opioid Addiction
- Pilots Union Fights Opioid Testing
Senators Fight Increased Info Demand from EEOC
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has plans in the works to dramatically increase the amount of data private employers have to collect about their employees. Critics say the revisions, which go into effect in March of 2018, will increase the volume of required information 20 fold. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) have called on the White House to put a stop to the new regulations. They say the change will add immense amounts of paperwork and could cost American employers $400 million in compliance costs.
President Tackles Growing Crisis of Opioid Addiction
Last month President Trump signed an Executive Order that establishes a new commission to fight the growing public health crisis of opioid addiction. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will lead the new commission. According to the order, the team will be expected to assess the availability of addiction treatment centers, study prescription drug monitoring programs, and figure out the best practices for abuse prevention, amongst other action items. They will report back to the president by October 1st.
Pilots Union Fights Opioid Testing
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the union for more than 55,000 pilots at 32 airlines, is resisting efforts by the U.S. Department of Transportation to screen pilots for opioid drugs. The DOT and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) acknowledge, just as President Trump has, that addiction to prescription painkillers is a national crisis, and that pilots are at risk of abuse just like everyone else. ALPA’s resistance is just the latest skirmish in a battle over drug testing that has been going on for decades. Ever since the 1980’s ALPA has fought random drug testing claiming it doesn’t increase safety but does ruin pilot’s careers. The Dayton Daily News did an amazing article chronicling the decades of disagreements; it will give you a great history of the conflict. In the meantime, the DOT hopes to add hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone to the testing panel sometime later this year.