Screening News Update: OSHA Rewinds Guidance | CRA Fined Over Accuracy | Hurricane Closes Courts | Opioids Kill Roseanne [Video]

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Screening News Update: OSHA Rewinds Guidance | CRA Fined Over Accuracy | Hurricane Closes Courts | Opioids Kill Roseanne [Video]

  • OSHA Rolls Back Post-AX Drug Testing Guidance
  • Poor Accuracy = Big Fine for CRA
  • Florida Courts Re-open… Almost
  • Opioids Take Down Roseanne


OSHA Rolls Back Post-AX Drug Testing Guidance

In 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidance on Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and post-accident drug testing that left a lot of employers confused. Were they allowed to have these programs, or not? And could they test those involved in an accident while on the job without running afoul of the agency’s guidance? The goal of that final rule was to prevent retaliation and discrimination against employees who reported accidents. Instead, post-accident drug testing was effectively banned. Now, OSHA has revised the guidance to clarify the department’s position. The new interpretation says that the rule does not prohibit incentive programs designed to reduce accidents, nor does it outlaw mandated post-accident testing, as long as the employer consistently enforces legitimate work rules that show they are serious about creating a safe culture -- not just the appearance of one.

Poor Accuracy = Big Fine for CRA

RealPage, a Consumer Reporting Agency based in Texas, has agreed to pay $3 million to settle charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The company is accused of failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy of tenant screening information, which is mandated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The FTC alleges that from 2012 to 2017 RealPage provided screening reports to landlords that included criminal records that didn’t exactly match the applicant’s key identifiers. This system led to renters being turned down for housing because the company reported criminal records that didn’t belong to them. In addition to the monetary penalty, RealPage is required to correct its procedures.

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Florida Courts Re-open… Almost

As you might imagine, Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc on the state of Florida’s court system. In the aftermath of the category 4 hit, 35 county governments were closed. The Florida Supreme Court, the Fifth District Court of Appeals and the Office of the State Courts Administrator were closed as well, bringing all court business to a standstill. By October 16th every county was reopened, except the Northern District of Florida Courthouse in Panama City. These closures could delay the results for some background checks for applicants who lived or worked in the hardest hit areas.

Opioids Take Down Roseanne

We talk a lot about the opioid epidemic as it affects employers and their employees… now it’s taken out one of the most talked-about characters on TV. In the premiere of the Roseanne spin-off, “The Conners,” writers decided to kill off the matriarch of the family with an overdose of opioid painkillers. At the end of the ill-fated Roseanne re-boot last season, Roseanne Barr’s character was putting off expensive knee surgery while trying to hide that she was addicted to her medication. In “The Connors” debut, the family finds out that she had been getting drugs from friends who shared prescriptions to save money. It’s really not surprising that the producers decided to kill off Barr’s character after her racially incentive tweets to Valerie Jarrett sank the show’s return, but Barr says the choice to use an overdose was unnecessarily grim and morbid. Those familiar with the original series might actually approve of this very topical storyline as the nation struggles to find a way to stop an epidemic that killed 72,000 people in the US last year alone.

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