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AB 1289: New Law Creates Exception to the Trend of Limiting Pre-Employment Screening

The overall trend in California has been, and continues to be, toward restricting the use of pre-employment screening. AB 1289, which took effect on January 1, 2017, added a narrowly defined type of employer -- transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber, Lyft and Wingz -- to the exceptions of employers that must conduct more, not less, pre-employment screening. In contrast, AB 1843, signed by the Governor at the same time as AB 1289, prohibits employers from requesting or using information about juvenile arrests, detention, or adjudication to make employment decisions, Similarly, Labor Code 2814, which also became effective in 2017, limits the use of the E-verify system before an offer of employment is made.   

Please click here to read a Daily Journal article published by Gina Roccanova, Chair of Meyers Nave's Labor and Employment Law Practice Group, which explains the current pre-employment screening  environment in California. Gina outlines the new background check requirements of AB 1289 as well as the new limits on pre-employment screening contained in two additional new laws (AB 1843 and Labor Code 2814) and three existing laws. (SB 530 and Labor  Codes 1024.5 and 432.9.)

Please remember to register early for the Executive and Board meetings at the discounted rate to ensure that your agency does not incur any additional costs of hotel and flight. Click on "fares" to check Southwest for low fares!
2017 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving 

The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2017 option standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning on January 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of care (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 

• 53.5 cents per mile for buisness miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016
• 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents for 2016
• 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business mileage rate decreased half a cent per mile and the medical and moving expenses rates each dropped 2 cents per mile from 2016. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged. The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs. 

If you would like to attend the Phantom of the Opera play on May 24th, prior to the May Board meeting, please let us know. Tickets are $65.10 per person, and we must purchase them by April 3, 2017. 

Please mark your calendars. The Board meeting is May 25, 2017. Dinner will be on May 24, 2017. Please make your reservation.
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