Studies check in to see how employees are doing working from home, Florida closes a locksmith loophole, and Michigan starts automatically expunging criminal records. The details in today’s EBI Screening News Week Wrap.
Employees Ready to Get Back to the Office
Are you ready to give up on working from home and return to the office? According to a survey conducted by Digital.com and YouGov, a slim majority says yes. The reasons for wanting to go back range from being able to socialize with co-workers to escaping the distractions caused by trying to work with children at home.
Respondents also said they crave the structure and normalcy of the workplace, they look forward to a change in scenery, and feel they are just more productive at work. Still, they did tell researchers that they would like to keep the flexibility to work from home sometimes.
On the flip side of the coin, nearly 47% of respondents say they don’t want to return, mainly because they are still worried about catching COVID-19. In addition to the sense of safety, this group enjoys the flexibility of working from home and the time they save not having to commute.
Another study by the Martec research group found that only a small percentage of those working from home feel they are thriving, while 59% say they are discouraged or feeling trapped. Their study also found a large disconnect between senior management and junior staff during this time.
Florida Closes Huge Safely Loophole: Locksmiths
Laws vary across the country, but in many areas, locksmiths do not have to be registered or have any kind of background check before changing the locks on your home or business. Mark Bogen, a Broward County Commissioner in Florida, says he’s been getting complaints from constituents and is now moving to regulate the industry.
Bogen’s proposal would require all locksmiths to get a license and pass a background check. Anyone with a history of property crimes, or anything violent, will be disqualified. It would also require a locksmith to prove they completed a year of apprenticeship and carry a minimum of $50,000 in liability insurance.
The ordinance would also prohibit locksmiths from keeping copies of customers’ keys – even if they say they were made in error.
If the ordinance gets approved, current locksmiths will have just 90 days to submit their applications.
Michigan Begins Automatic Expungement
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a series of bills into law this week that will automatically clear some criminal convictions and make more crimes eligible for expungement. The goal is to help hundreds of thousands of people get work and housing as they try to rehabilitate their lives after a conviction.
The new “Clean Slate” laws will expunge eligible misdemeanors after seven years. Non-assaultive felonies will be expunged after 10 years. The important part of this is that people will no longer have to file an application to have the convictions expunged; it will happen automatically.
The new laws also allow marijuana offenses to be wiped clean if they happened after December 6th, 2018 when recreational use of the drug was legalized in the state.
Pennsylvania, Utah, and California have all adopted similar automated systems, but Michigan’s is the first to apply the law retroactively.