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Jul 15
2014

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

By: Kelly D. Kubacki, Esq., Legal Counsel, Global Regulatory Affairs On June 4, 2014, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party adopted "Opinion 7...
Jul 08
2014

DOT Employers: Important Update By: Josephine Elizabeth Kenney, J.D., MBA- Human Resources Senior Compliance Counsel

Attention: DOT Covered Employers Official Q&As and Revised Urine Specimen Collector Guidelines Published by the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy...
Jun 30
2014

State Law Medical Marijuana Update: Minnesota and New York

Medical Marijuana Update:  Up until the month of May 2014, the following chart indicates that 20 states and the District of Columbia had passed state medical marijuana laws. Most recently, on May 29th, the State of Minnesota also passed a medical marijuana law, bringing the count to 21 states and the District of Columbia. Minnesota's law is unusual and innovative in that the methods of delivery excludes smoking marijuana.

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.” 

Jun 11
2014

Singapore Data Privacy Law Effective July 2, 2014

In October 2012, Singapore passed the long-awaited Personal Data Protection Act 2012(PDPA) that designed to govern the collection, use and disclosure of personal data. While the Do Not Call Registry provisions went into effect in January 2014, the meat of the legislation impacting data protection in general will go into effect on July 2, 2014. Once effective, the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) will have the power to conduct investigations to determine an organization’s compliance with the law.

May 23
2014

Ban-the-Box Legislation Continies

Delaware Governor Jack Markell has signed Ban-the-Box legislation, House Bill 167. This legislation will prohibit public (state) employers from inquiring into the criminal history records of applicants before the first interview. This legislation is effective immediately.
May 23
2014

Ban-the Box Legislation Continues

Baltimore Maryland has become the latest City to enact a ban-the-box legislation for both public and private employers. On May 15, 2014, Baltimore City Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake approved and signed ordinance 13-0301 "Fair Criminal-Records Screening Practices". The effective date for this ordinance is August 13, 2014.
May 23
2014

Workplace Testing: The Importance of Your Policy By: Josephine Elizabeth Kenney, J.D., MBA - HR, SVP of Compliance, Senior Compliance Counsel

The foundation of a legally defensible workplace drug and alcohol testing program is a sound policy. Some states have very specific policy requirements and state law, regulations and case law change constantly.  Under the United States Department of Transportation each Agency's Regulations also have specific policy content requirements and the regulations are changed from time to time, sometimes requiring a policy update. 
May 19
2014

Completing Form I-9 For Remote Hires

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), employers may designate any authorized representative to fill out Forms I-9 on behalf of the company, including personnel officers, foremen, agents, or notary public.
May 16
2014

States with "State-FCRA" Laws

Most employers who use a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) to obtain consumer reports are aware of their responsibilities under the federal FCRA, however what some employers may not be aware of are the states that have their own state-FCRA laws.

 
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