Screening News Update: Massive ICE Raid | New Employer Protections | OK Unity Bill

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Screening News Update: Massive ICE Raid | New Employer Protections | OK Unity Bill

  • ICE Raids Texas Technology Company
  • California Law Encourages More Honest Employee References
  • Oklahoma Employers Regain a Little Control over Medical Marijuana


 

ICE Raids Texas Technology Company

Multiple tips led US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to a Texas based telecommunications equipment repair business that was allegedly hiring illegal immigrants intentionally. The 4-month-long investigation ended with the arrest of 280 illegal workers who reportedly used fraudulent documents to get hired. An audit of the company’s Form I-9s uncovered numerous irregularities. This is the largest ICE raid at a single facility in a decade. Everyone who was arrested will be interviewed, fingerprinted and prepared for deportation, unless there is a case for humanitarian release. This is yet another reminder to make sure your Form I-9s are filled out and maintained properly.

California Law Encourages More Honest Employee References

California has enacted a new law that will protect companies if they disclose sexual harassment allegations to prospective employers. Most employers are pretty tight-lipped when giving references in an effort to avoid defamation lawsuits. It is not uncommon for companies to have policies that limit managers to just confirming someone’s dates of employment, but nothing else. Previous laws protected employers if they had credible evidence to share about someone’s job performance or qualifications. The new law extends those protections to allow disclosure of sexual harassment complaints or investigations. The legislature realized that without protections, companies could be seen as complicit in helping a harasser find a new job and new victims.

Oklahoma Employers Regain a Little Control over Medical Marijuana

Oklahoma has passed a bill to give some power back to employers when it comes to the state’s medical marijuana law. The original law is considered very permissive compared to other states. It doesn’t include a list of covered conditions, doctors can prescribe the drug for anything they see fit, and employers are not allowed to refuse to hire or fire anyone based on their use of medical marijuana. The newly-passed Unity Bill gives employers the power to keep these patients out of safety-sensitive positions, even if they have a valid medical marijuana license. 

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