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Archive for December 2015

Uber rolls out new safety feature in Boston, Austin

undergo fingerprint background checks, while as recently as last month, Austin City Council received letters from two groups that argued such fingerprinting is a form of discrimination. Now, Uber has rolled out a new feature in the Texas capital, where riders can send their ride information to their friends via their smartphones. The feature, called…

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20,000 gun background checks conducted in Florida since San Bernardino

dramatic increase in the amount of background checks that were conducted related to gun purchases. The number of gun-related background checks in Florida was up 77 percent, as nearly double the amount of people who purchased firearms in Dec. 2014 chose to purchase guns since the Dec. 2, 2015, shooting. With the increased number of…

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Missouri Dept of Health finds safety violations at daycare centers

recently cited for safety violations at their facilities during Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services inspections. The violations ranged from peeling paint on baseboards, to not having background check records easily accessible at the facilities, to staff members napping when they should have been watching the children. Each center had between one and 12…

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November 2015 employment: Slow growth compared to previous months

Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate continues to hold steady at 5 percent in November. The unemployment rate officially dropped two whole percentage points over the past two years, since November 2013. Approximately 7.9 million Americans still find themselves unemployed, a number unchanged since last month. In addition, 211,000 new jobs were added in…

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E-Verify to dispose of decade-old records

purging all transaction records that are more than 10 years old from its system database. This is in an attempt to minimize the amount of Personal Identifiable Information that the U.S. Government maintains, to reduce the risk of online security threats. E-Verify is a free web-based application that allows employers to ensure that their employees…

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DHS to hire 1,000 new employees for cyber security team

Office of Personnel Management gave DHS permission to create up to 1,000 new jobs. By granting this authority, the OPM will allow the Department to bypass many of the hiring procedures that the government currently has in place that could delay hiring. The hope is that, by getting staff on board quicker, DHS can get…

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