All Posts By "Nix" (Total Posts: 562)

Laws Governing Pre-Emptive Screening of Employees in India

With no dedicated law governing pre-emptive screening in India, employers must rely on general laws to be sure they are making the right selection for a job selection. The countrys biggest problem with pre-emptive screening is the possible non-compliance with privacy norms. Until recently, employers have not faced any legal repercussions regarding pre-emptive screening, but ...

Canada: Cannabis Legalization in Canada Nuisance or Business Opportunity?

Canada will see the legal use and regulation of cannabis for recreational purposes become the norm sooner rather than later, but this change in law presents a host of new challenges and opportunities for individuals and businesses. The Cannabis Act, introduced by the federal government to regulate the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis, ...

HR Leaders Fret Over Lazy Cannabis Laws

Employers and HR professionals are beginning to wonder how the legal changes regarding marijuana will affect the workforce. When recreational cannabis use becomes legal, will employers be required to allow the drug to be used on breaks? And how will work performance and disciplinary procedures change as a result? Because the definition of impairment has ...

New I-9 FAQs on Transgender Employees, E-Verify Time Zone Issues, Closing Cases, and More!

Five recent Form I-9 and E-Verify updates will lead to changes in compliance procedures and processes for the upcoming year. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has confirmed updates and changes regarding Form I-9 and Transgender Employees, space issues for Additional Other Last Names Used, E-Verify Time Zone Guidance, E-Verify TNC Guidance, and ...

The True Cost of Downtime

Downtime from issues with the server to maintenance on hardware could cost online companies who rely on 100% uptime about nine hours each year. Industry standards indicate that web domains and hosting services often advertise 99.9% in uptime. The .1% of downtime equates to 43 minutes per month and, during a busy month, ...

DOT Notice Provides Guidance on How the Use of Medical Marijuana Will Affect Drug Testing Results

In an updated Medical Marijuana Notice, the Department of Transportation (DOT) stated that the use of medical marijuana, pursuant to state law, does not constitute a legitimate medical reason for a positive drug test. The Notice makes it clear that marijuana remains illegal under federal law and DOT expects that Medical Review Officers (MROs) will ...

PHMSA Raises Random Drug Testing Rate to 50% for 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportations Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will increase its minimum random drug testing rate by 50% for the upcoming calendar year. Those who operate gas, hazardous liquid, and carbon dioxide pipelines and operators of liquefied natural gas facilities will be required to randomly select and test a percentage of ...

The Impact of the HHS and DOT Regulatory Updates on State Drug Testing

The Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued a final ruling to its alcohol and drug testing regulations, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. The revisions harmonize DOT testing regulations with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which published new regulations that modify mandated federal drug testing programs in October. ...

Title VII Concerning Employer Criminal Records Checks

Following the 2012 Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions (EEOC) update, Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the EEOC has continued to enforce activities relating to employment criminal records checks. The EEOC suit against Dollar General signifies the resolve to ...

States and Cities Line Up to Ban Salary History Questions

While the laws regarding asking job applicants about their salary histories vary between jurisdictions, they generally aim to prevent employers from asking salary-related questions or from screening job candidates based on salary histories until after an offer is formally made. Some laws include the prohibition of contacting an applicants former company without the candidates written ...