Archive for the Health & Safety Category

Fixing the FBI’s Background Check System for Gun Buyers

The FBI’s criminal records database, which has long been known to be incomplete, is garnering new attention following the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school massacre. The FBI’s criminal records database along with a separate database of records of people involuntarily committed or otherwise ruled mentally ill by a […]

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Coffey on Channel 5 News story about identity theft

I was interviewed with regard to identity theft on DFW-area NBC affiliate Channel 5 yesterday. What they didn’t include was my note that employees and others with access to companies’ employee and customer data are the single largest source of stolen identity information. Smart employers know who they […]

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The Importance of Quality Background Checks on In-Home Service Workers

Over at Bad Hire Days this week, I blogged about Jason Meinke, a convicted criminal whose record includes a felony conviction for aggravated stalking, who was sent by a Sears contractor into customers’ homes to clean air ducts. Proving that past performance is a pretty good indicator […]

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Church and Nursing Home Fall Prey to “He’s a Nice Guy” Syndrome

My friend Greg Love is an attorney who, through his firm Ministry Safe, trains churches and community service organizations on how to keep sex offenders from harming their organizations. In his presentations he often laments that the Church is the last place where someone can show up and get […]

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A Hazy Legal Issue

 With the medical use of marijuana deemed legal in Colorado, employers face competing legal issues in deciding how to respond to positive drug screens. Safety and legal issues may be at odds and with no case law to guide them, Colorado employers’ compliance efforts may be up in […]

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How Texas Christian University Prepared for H1N1

Last week, I had a chance to visit with Dr. Don Mills, Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs at Texas Christian University, and Jonathan Roark, TCU’s Director of Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity, about the Horned Frog’s H1N1 preparations. Their insight should be useful for other employers are preparing […]

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Planning for a Healthy Workplace During Swine Flu Season

    H1N1 – the swine flu – is back with a vengance. While the severity of this fall’s H1N1 outbreak is unpredictable, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has described as “plausible” that 30-50% of the US population may be infected and as […]

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It’s Not Too Late to Begin Preparing for the Swine Flu

Doctor’s offices and hospitals around the country have been flooded with cases of H1N1 - the swine flu – and Texas is a hotspot. The Texas Department of State Health Services has classified the flu as “widespread” - it’s highest measure of infection rates – meaning “there are increases in flu-like illnesses […]

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