Screening News Update: Disney Beats FCRA Case | No Pre-Hire SSNs in Maine | Roadside Screening Fail [VIDEO]

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Screening News Update: Disney Beats FCRA Case | No Pre-Hire SSNs in Maine | Roadside Screening Fail [VIDEO]

  • Disney Wins FCRA Dispute
  • State Says NO to SSN Collection
  • Roadside Drug Test Easily Fooled


Disney Wins FCRA Dispute

The folks at Walt Disney didn’t have to wish upon a star to prove that they didn’t violate the FCRA. The California Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgement in favor of the happiest place on earth in a class action led by Roger Culberson. The plaintiffs claimed the company willfully violated the FCRA because its background check disclosure contains extraneous information, and their pre-adverse action notification letters constitute final employment decisions. Not only did the Court of Appeals find that both the disclosure and the pre-adverse action were ok under the FCRA, judges also said Disney made no willful effort to skirt the law.

[Related] FCRA Compliance: What You Need to Know 

State Says NO to SSN Collection

The Governor of Maine signed a new bill into law that prohibits employers from asking job applicants for their social security numbers during the hiring process. The only time they are allowed to collect this bit of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is when they are ready to conduct a pre-employment background check or drug screen. If they don’t do screening, the company may ask for the social security number when that applicant officially becomes an employee.

Roadside Drug Test Easily Fooled

Last October Canada legalized marijuana. Since then, law enforcement has been trying to come up with a way to deal with drivers who are under the influence. The federal government approved a saliva-screening device to help police check drivers for drug use. Now, the new devices are causing an uproar, not because of the fact that no test can accurately tell if someone is impaired by pot, but because they are returning some stunningly false positives. An attorney ran tests with the device and found that eating poppy seed cake caused a false positive for opiates and drinking coca tea made it look like you are using cocaine. The testers also found that the machines could not differentiate between THC and CBD, which is a big deal because one causes a “high” while the other does not. And one more thing: some of the devices completely stop working when the temperature drops, which is kind of a problem in Canada. Now, departments across the country are taking a step back from the machines, leaving officers, once again, without a roadside option.

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