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The Newly Adopted Human Rights Ordinance is in Effect in Grand Rapids, Michigan! Are You Compliant?

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The City of Grand Rapids, MI passed the Human Rights Ordinance in August 2019. The law took effect December 1, 2019.  The Human Rights Ordinance covers several areas including: expanding protected classes, and discriminatory practices in hiring and tenant screening, as well as in places of public accommodation. Employers and landlords within the city should ensure they are in compliance as there are provisions within the ordinance for damages and attorney fees for those found to be in violation.

Marijuana FAQ’s from Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions Blog!

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Quest Diagnostics did a deep dive into frequently asked questions concerning marijuana, its effects on the body, how many people use it, if companies can drug test for it, whether it is legal and where, and much more! There are a ton of resources included in the article. We wanted to be sure you saw the article and information!

Update: Dollar General and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Resolve 6-Year Long Suit Involving Background Check Process! A Good Reminder to Evaluate Your Screening Process!

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We alerted you in early November to the motion filed to settle this suit. On November 18, 2019, the EEOC announced that the litigation is settled. While Dollar General is steadfast that their process is legal, and admits no wrongdoing, the settlement includes strict criteria to follow going forward concerning their screening process. This lawsuit is a good reminder to review your screening process to ensure compliance with Federal, State and local laws. We’ve compiled some great resources to assist you here.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Clearinghouse goes live January 6, 2020. Do you employ commercial drivers and know your responsibilities?

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The FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will go live on January 6, 2020. The law, MAP-21 or Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act was passed more than seven years ago, in 2012. The Clearinghouse provides the ability to identify and track commercial drivers who violate the FMCSA drug and alcohol testing program.

Currently FMCSA-regulated employers are required to proactively research the drug and alcohol testing record history of any covered commercial driver, in safety-sensitive positions, they intend to employ, using a look back period of three years. The Clearinghouse will make it easier for employers to verify driver history.

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