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Thursday, June 27, 2019

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Quest Diagnostics – Preventing Drug-Related Workplace Accidents!

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Our partners at Quest Diagnostics sent the following statistical information about preventing workplace accidents. We thought it was really interesting and wanted to share it with you.

Preventing drug-related workplace accidents

On January 4, 1987, in Chase, Maryland, a locomotive engineer and his brakeman were smoking a marijuana cigarette while on duty operating a trio of Conrail locomotives. They failed to react to stop signals and collided with an Amtrak train carrying more than 600 passengers. In total, 16 people died and 164 were injured. Some of the injured were trapped in the wreckage for more than 10 hours before they were finally freed.

Texas Challenges the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Limiting the Use of Criminal History in Employment Decisions!

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The state of Texas feels the EEOC is overreaching with their guidelines that restrict the use of criminal history in hiring decisions. Texas feels so strongly about it, that they have sued the federal government. The case is currently on appeal at the Federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeal where oral arguments are being heard.

The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) recapped the case here. The article also included additional information, news, and resources on the topic.

Ban-The-Box Activity This Week!

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It’s been about a month since we’ve updated you on activity involving ban-the-box laws, so we found two events occurring this week to bring to your attention.

DENVER, CO

The Governor of Colorado signed the statewide ban-the-box legislation into law this week. The legislation affects public and private sector employers. You can find more information about the new law here.

MASSACHUSETTS

The Attorney General is actively enforcing the State’s Ban-the-box law. Recently 19 businesses were cited for violating the law. And in 2018, 21 citations were issued, some of those citations resulted in fines. Read more here.

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The varying city, county and state laws are overwhelming, and it is difficult to stay abreast of the changes. Which is why we would like to remind you of the National Employment Law Project’s (NELP) April 2019 publication, the most comprehensive and up-to-date summary of these laws we have seen.

We found this resource so helpful, that we have added a link to our resource page here.

OPENonline Will Be Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

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OPENonline will be closed to observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, 2019. Customers will still have online access during this time; however, please be aware that many courts, state offices, employers and educational institutions will be closed during this holiday and may cause delays in the return of criminal, court and other orders. If possible, place your requests early to ensure timely receipt of required information.

OPENonline would like to take this opportunity to remember, honor and sincerely thank all the brave men and women who have served our country!

Best wishes to you and your family for a happy and safe holiday weekend!

National Police Week – Thank you from OPENonline!

Sunday May 12 – Saturday May 18, 2019

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Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week is an observance in the United States that pays tribute to local, State and Federal law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice or have been disabled in the line of duty while protecting our citizens, communities, and country.   It is also a time to show appreciation and thank those who are currently serving and defending us with courage and dedication on the front lines of the battle against crime.

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