Legislative Alert: TX v EEOC | Screening Backlog | Drug Free College [Video]
- EEOC Lawsuit Decision
- Background Check Backlog Growing
- Free College for Drug Free Students?
EEOC Lawsuit Decision
It’s been 4 years since Texas sued the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over its 2012 guidance that advised employers to limit the use of criminal background checks in an effort to help convicted criminals find work. Texas sued the agency because under state law it is illegal to hire convicted felons to do things like teach or to be a state trooper. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claimed the guidance infringed on the state’s right to uphold its own laws. The judge ruled that Texas has a right to maintain and enforce its laws and policies that absolutely bar convicted felons from certain jobs, but not from ALL state jobs. While the ruling means the EEOC cannot enforce the guidance in the state, they are allowed to continue issuing “right-to-sue” letters to job applicants who might have experienced discrimination.
Background Check Backlog Growing
We have reported in the past about the massive backlog at the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB). This is the agency tasked with doing background checks and security clearance investigations for government workers and contractors. Now, the backlog has been added to a congressional watchdog list of high risk programs that are in need of major reforms. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) there are more than 700,000 people waiting for their clearance to be completed. This number has swelled from a 50,000 person backlog at the end of 2016. The hope is that the 2019 federal budget will include funding to bring the system’s old technology into the 21st century.
Free College for Drug Free Students?
The West Virginia state legislature is considering a bill that would make community college free to any resident who can pass a drug test! Language in the proposed Senate bill states that lawmakers hope they can fight drug addiction by increased access to education, and then later, employment. According to the bill, the state is facing a “human capital crisis” with one of the lowest workforce participation rates in the nation. If the bill passes, students will be asked to secure as much federal and state aid as possible and the state will pick up the rest.
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