University Health System Won't Hire Smokers

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University Health System Won't Hire Smokers


Screening News Update – December 15th, 2014

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Erasing Online Mistakes

Online mistakes might no longer haunt California kids. On January 1, 2015 what’s being called the state’s “digital eraser” law goes into effect. The law allows minors to have posted content taken down from websites and mobile apps. If a minor requests to have something removed, operators must comply. They must also provide registered users with clear instructions on how to make such a request.

The law defines a minor as anyone under the age of 18. This eraser is not completely foolproof. Operators are only required to pull down the original post. If it has been copied or reposted by a third party, these youthful mistakes will still be visible.

Smokers Need Not Apply

The University of Missouri Health Care system has decided to not hire smokers. Starting on January 1st, one of the first questions on their job applications will be “do you use nicotine products.” The process only continues if the applicant answers “no.” Those who answer “yes” will be told they cannot apply at this time, but they can re-apply in 90-days. They will also be given resources to help them kick the habit.

In addition to the question on the application, new employees will be given a drug test that includes a test for nicotine. A spokeswoman for MU Health Care says this is just a step towards promoting wellness and health. The head of the Missouri Civil Liberties Association says an employer has no right to dictate what people do in their private lives.

EEOC Leaders Confirmed

The Senate has confirmed two appointments to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). First, senators re-appointed EEOC general counsel P. David Lopez. He started as a trial attorney 20-years ago, and has worked his way up to the top job.

Charlotte Burrows fills the spot left vacant when former chairwoman Jacqueline Berrien stepped down. Jenny Yang took over as the new chair, Burrows, an associate deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice, is now a full-fledged commissioner.


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