Archive for December, 2015

GSN Magazine 2015 Year in Review

Monday, December 21st, 2015

2015: The Foundation for Take GSN to a New Level of Excellence

Click to download GSN Magazine 2015 Year in Review

Click to download GSN Magazine 2015 Year in Review

As the holiday season approaches and we start to make plans for 2016, I realize that it is time to reflect on the significant accomplishments that occurred during this year. 2015 was a great time for Global Safety Network. I thank each and every team member for their hard work, dedication and commitment that has made this success possible. Without my team, there is no GSN to serve our valued clients. In the past few months, GSN has experienced significant growth.

As a result of these strategic changes, we are engaged, equipped and energized to be more efficient, more effective and more empowered. GSN is now better prepared and positioned to take our company to a new level of excellence. This means GSN has set a high standard of realistic goals and high expectations from our leadership as well as our team members. At this time, I would like to list some of the many accomplishments that took place to make GSN a better and focused company to serve you and your company.

  • Background Screening Enhancements
  • Faster Turnaround Time
  • Source Improvements
  • Form I-9 and E-Verify Electronic Services
  • New Office in Watertown SD dedicated to Background Screening
  • Enhance Client Communication / Start GSN The Magazine
  • Launch of GlobalSoft 2.0 Again, I want to thank our loyal client partners for helping make 2015

Again, I want to thank our loyal client partners for helping make 2015 such a tremendous year for GSN. I look forward to working with you in 2016.

– Chris Greenberg, President, CEO, and founder of Global Safety Network and Greenberg Enterprises.

Clearing the Air – The Deadly Facts about Legalized Marijuana

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

“The ugly truth is that Colorado was suckered. It was promised regulation and has been met with an industry that fights tooth and nail any restriction that limit its profitability.” – Ben Cort, Director of Professional Relations for the Center of Addiction Recovery and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Hospital

Since 2006, fatalities from vehicle crashes in Colorado involving drivers under the influence of marijuana were up 254%, according to an annual report by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA). The report stated in 2014, 94 vehicular deaths were attributed to pot while the total was 37 in 2006. The past year total represented 19.3% of all deaths in fatal crashes. In comparison, the 2006 total of 37 accounted for 6.9% of the total fatalities.

MORE PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED

The report also stated that during the four year period from 2011 to 2014, marijuana related ER (emergency room) visits in Colorado increased from 8,198 to 18,257. This is more than 220%. The highest increases were among adults 18 to 25. The RMHIDTA is an offshoot of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The RMHIDTA is a federal program charged with providing assistance to federal, sated, local and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug trafficking regions in the United States.

MORE PEOPLE DYING

$1,398,916 is the total economic impact for a vehicular fatality. This includes property damage, medical, insurance, and productivity according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). $10,270 is the total economic impact for a drug related driving under the influence (DUI) offense. The costs for this offense is similar to those of an alcohol related one.

Percentage of all Colorado road deaths involving marijuana

Percentage of all Colorado road deaths involving marijuana

 

Judge Finds Staffing Company Liable for Near Maximum I-9 Fines for Wrong Verification

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Employer Solutions Staffing Group II, LLC (ESSG), a Minnesota-based professional employment organization, had its appeal to overturn more than $200,000 in civil penalties for I-9 paperwork violations rejected by a federal administrative law judge (ALJ). ESSG contested liability for over 240 I-9 paperwork violations found during an I-9 audit conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Earlier this year, Judge Ellen Thomas, an ALJ with the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), a division of the Executive Office of Immigration Review within the U.S. Department of Justice, issued a decision to uphold the $227,251.71 in civil penalties assessed by ICE.

Judge Thomas ruled ESSG violated I-9 regulations by directing its representative to complete 242 employer verifications based on the inspection of photocopies of identity and other employment eligibility documents relating to employees that she had never seen, based on contract partner representations that the documents were authentic and related to the subject employees.

According to Judge Thomas, nothing in law or regulation authorizes an employer to delegate the obligation to conduct an in-person inspection of employee verification documents unless the employer intends to rely upon the third party to complete and execute the attestation in Section 2 as its agent.

ESSG provides payroll and human resource services to clients for workers recruited, screened, hired and on-boarded for ESSG by temporary staffing companies such as Flexicorps, a temporary staffing company located in Larsen, Texas.

According to LegalAlerts’ website, “Under the parties’ outsourcing contract, Flexicorps oversaw new-hire completion of Section 1 of the I-9 forms, reviewed the originals of the verification documents each new hire provided and certified to ESSG that the documents appeared to be genuine and to relate to the subject employees. Flexicorps sent the partially completed I-9 forms along with photocopies of the employees’ verification documents to ESSG.”

Section 2 of the I-9 forms was completed by ESSG’s payroll manger based on her inspection of the photocopies of the employees’ documents. Photocopies of the documents were also used to complete the E-Verify process. The on-boarding process was deemed complete when E-Verify confirmed work eligibility.