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Florida Judge Rules Drug Testing for State Workers Unconstitutional.

Thu, April 26th, 2012 - 12:22 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Here is one that I would think will go on to the higher courts.   Florida Governor, Rick Scott, proposed that all 85,000 Florida State workers have drug tests.

The judge rejected the proposal. He ruled that the Governor provided no evidence of a drug problem among Florida State Workers.

According to an article in NBC Miami…”The ACLU and a government worker’s union also filed a lawsuit last year challenging Scott’s order to drug test state employees, saying the testing violates the Fourth Amendment by subjecting state workers to an unreasonable search without adequate suspicion that they used drugs. Scott, who suspended drug testing for state employees in June, said he will appeal Thursday’s ruling.

“As I have repeatedly explained, I believe that drug testing state employees is a common sense means of ensuring a safe, efficient and productive workforce,” Scott said in a statement. “That is why so many private employers drug test, and why the public and Florida’s taxpayers overwhelmingly support this policy.”

Attorneys for the governor’s office had argued there is adequate statistical evidence in years of national studies about workplace drug use and its dangers to justify the order. They also reasoned that employees aren’t being forced to take state jobs and that they can find employment elsewhere if they don’t want to be drug tested.”

It should be noted that this ruling pertains to the drug testing of public employees.  There is no modification of the law where drug tests can be mandated by private employers.  Healthcare facilities and other areas in the private sector typically regulate mandatory drug testing as part of their employment screening programs.


San Luis Obispo County Courts Now Clerk Run

Mon, April 23rd, 2012 - 5:35 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks for employment screening purposes, please take note of the following change in court procedure in San Luis Obispo County, California.

As previously notified, the court In San Luis Obispo, California has removed the public index, leaving all searches to be run through a court clerk.  This process can result in delays as researchers do not have immediate access to country criminal records or county civil records.   Our researchers must instead present their requests to the court clerk.

A sincere thank you for your patience through this court transition.




Corra Group Background Checks to Move Headquarters to Larger Office Space

Fri, April 20th, 2012 - 10:35 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 19, 2012

Corra Group, the Los Angeles based background checking service, will soon be moving its corporate headquarters from its current location in the Marina Del Rey. On May 1st, 2012 the company will occupy a larger office space in El Segundo, California.

“We are really excited about the move,” said Nick Gustavson, Co-Founder of Corra Group. “We spent months looking, before we found just the right building. The new office space will facilitate our growth as we hire additional personnel and expand our services. Corra Group specializes in employment screening. But in the recent years we have developed other related channels, including corporate researchand financial vetting.


For the complete press release click on this link.

Employee Sues Restaurateur for Workplace Abuse

Wed, April 18th, 2012 - 5:30 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Here is an interesting article and something you don’t see every day.   A nationally famous restaurateur is sued by a former manager for workplace abuse and sexual harassment.  Along with the law suit were allegations of racial discrimination.

Most of the charges were directed at Earl “Bubba: Hiers, Paula Deen’s brother and operator of Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, Inc.

According to the article in the  Savannah Morning News…”Deen lawyer Gregory Hodges argued for the gag order, claiming the suit was meant to force a $1.25 million settlement under threat to the Deen brand’s reputation. Jackson alleges that Hiers sexually harassed her regularly and at times left her with a “reasonable fear of bodily injury with apparent ability to inflict such harm.”

The article reported…”In her 13-page answer filed Tuesday, Deen’s lawyers said Jackson’s claims against Paula Deen and Deen defendants were “scurrilous and false claims,” including alleged acts that occurred more than two years prior to the filing of the suit and would be barred by Georgia’s statute of limitations.”

“The suit lists as defendants Paula Deen, Paula Deen Enterprises LLC, The Lady & Sons LLC, the Lady Enterprises Inc., Earl W. “Bubba” Hiers and Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House Inc.”

This is a employment related lawsuit that will be interesting to see how it unfolds.

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