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Sep 29
2014

Renewed Calls for Finalization of EU Data Protection Regulation by 2015

For the past several years, the European Union's attempts at passing the Data Protection Regulation have fluctuated. However, pressure to pass the reform by 2015 have intensified following a joint declaration by elected representatives from 16 member states. 

Sep 25
2014

Jersey Implements First Discrimination Law

Effective September 1, 2014, Jersey has implemented the Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013. The first instance of the Law only includes race as a protected characteristic. In the employment context, employers are prohibited from committing acts of discrimination during various stages of employment.
Sep 16
2014

The changing landscape of CV screening in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Pre-employment screening has changed significantly in EMEA over recent years. Performing background checks on contingent workers is now far more common place, companies in more and more sectors are realising the importance of properly vetting their staff, and many existing clients are changing how they define 'major' and 'minor' discrepancies. Whilst there's no shortage of anecdotal evidence on the subject, quantitative results are harder to come by. So, we delved deep into our data to see what it could tell us. The results – extracted from the many thousands of CV screenings we've carried out over the last three years – are now in

Sep 15
2014

Future Rule Making Expected for Federal Employee and U.S. Department of Transportation Workplace Testing Programs

The  activities of the Drug Testing Advisory Board (DTAB) are very significant and merit careful, ongoing, monitoring. The work of the DTAB will likely impact the future landscape and scope of workplace drug testing programs, federal, DOT, and non-mandated/Non-DOT Drug Free Workplace Testing Programs within the next two to three years. This blog will update you on the DTAB’s work to date.
Aug 29
2014

Newly Effective Ireland Data Protection Act Provisions

As announced by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, two Statutory Instruments were signed by the Minister for Justice and Equality bringing previously inactive provisions of the Data Protection Act 1988 into effect.
Jul 28
2014

Alert: 22 States with Medical Marijuana Laws

There has been a great deal of publicity on the authorized use of medical marijuana over the last ten years. State laws, implementing regulations, city ordinances and case law decisions may have changed the way your workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy should read or you may need to consider addressing this issue in your policy. Legal authority is also constantly changing around this topic regularly, making it difficult for employers to determine how to address the issue of medical marijuana in their workplace testing program.
Jul 24
2014

DHS Form I-9: Best Practice Information for Employer Form I-9 Compliance

Most employers are aware I-9 mistakes can be very costly, not to mention that many I-9 mistakes can oftentimes be minor blunders, in other words, the paperwork equivalent to failing to dot all of your I’s and cross all of your T’s.  Employers continue to face DHS/ICE Form I-9 penalties for failing to comply with Form I-9 obligations.  It is very important for employers to be aware of DHS Form I-9 requirements and have documentation of their compliance with these requirements. 
Jul 24
2014

Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance: An overview of Employer Obligations

FCRA Compliance:
Employers or agents of employer’s are obligated to follow the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) guidelines; therefore it is very important to understand and to document your procedures in compliance with certain key FCRA sections.  Many employers are facing class action lawsuits for failing to comply with their basic federal FCRA obligations. In addition, employers must also be aware of and may need to comply with certain state FCRA laws, such as the ICRAA in California. 
Jul 15
2014

Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Issues Opinion on Quebec Data Protection

On June 4, 2014, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party adopted "Opinion 7/2014 on the protection of personal data in Quebec." This Opinion assessed Quebec’s Civil Code and the Act Respecting the Protection of Personal Information in the Private Sector as to whether Quebec should be considered “adequate” under the standards imposed by the EU Directive 95/46/EC (the Directive).
Jun 30
2014

New Zealand Actively Considering Changes to Privacy Act

Amidst the rapidly changing global data privacy landscape, the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner announced he welcomes efforts to strengthen the Privacy Act to provide better protections for individuals based on the increasing challenges related to the “digital information era.” 

 
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