Fingerprinting has become the gold standard amongst law enforcement, schools, religious institutions and community groups around the country; they have joined forces to fingerprint children as a means of identifying them should they go missing. Nearly 800,000 children are reported missing each year, according to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The US Congress passed the Missing Children’s Assistance Act in 1984, which helps to establish the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Missing children include those taken by a parent during a divorce or child custody fight, and runaways, as well as the rare but real child kidnappings. Having your child’s fingerprints on file is important should they go missing for any reason. Fingerprints are unique to each person, as they are comprised of a pattern of ridges and loops that no other individual has. In the eighty years of fingerprint classification, no identical sets have ever been found. Your fingerprints are present at birth and, though your hand and fingers continue to grow, the relative position of the loops and ridges remains the same throughout your life. Fingerprinting cannot prevent abduction or keep a child from running away but it does provide an opportunity to talk to them about personal safety. The basic rules you should instill in your child include; Checking with a parent or a trusted adult before going anywhere Never accept anything from a stranger or get into a vehicle of someone that they do not know When playing outside or walking to another location they should always be with a friend Telling a parent or another adult if anyone makes them feel scared or unhappy Say no if someone tries to touch or hurt them, then make a lot of noise and run to tell someone right away Law enforcement agencies also suggest having a current photo of your child. If possible, the photo should be a digital version in order to make it easy to distribute throughout the community and nationally. In addition, Illinois is a member of the AMBER Alert Plan, which brings together local, state and federal law enforcement agencies with broadcasters and other media in order to assist in the search and safe recovery of a missing child. The Illinois Amber Alert site http://www.amberillinois.org offers links and activities for children and their families. Fingerprinting your child, paired with increased public awareness and continued collaboration with law enforcement agencies,[READ MORE…]
We most often think about sexual harassment in the workplace and envision a corporate boss and his secretary as the typical scenario but we forget about students and interns. Temporary summer workers and student interns are also protected from sexual harassment in the workplace by the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance. Sexual harassment in the workplace is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or conduct of a sexual nature when that conduct is made as a term or condition of employment or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for an employment decision or if the conduct interferes with someone’s work and/or creates a hostile or offensive work environment. Employers can be held responsible for the conduct of supervisors and managers if they engage in sexual harassing conduct as well as non-supervisory or non-managerial staff if the employer was aware of the conduct but did not take reasonable action to correct the situation. Chicago has its own ordinance, the Human Rights Ordinance, which has penalties for violations including fines paid to the City from $100 to $500, and damages and attorney fees, paid to the complaining party as well as injunctions ordering specific actions to eliminate discriminatory practices. If a company is found guilty of sexual harassment it can affect their City of Chicago business license as well as their contractor or vendor status. If you feel that you have been sexually harassed you can file a complaint at the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. The Commission investigates each discrimination complaint giving the complainant and respondent an opportunity to present evidence to support their positions.
As more and more people hit the road for summer vacations, graduations or family outings, you may notice additional law enforcement agencies on the road enforcing seat belt safety laws. The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are joining forces with local police departments to crack down on motorists who are not using seat belts as part of the 2013 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization. The goal of the mobilization is not to simply give out tickets but to convince drivers to buckle up and prevent automobile injuries and fatalities. Seat belts are the single most important safety device in a motor vehicle today. Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has shown that properly used lap and shoulder belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers by 45 % and reduce the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50%. Still, one in five drivers fails to regularly wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a vehicle. The fines for both the driver and every passenger who is found to be not wearing a properly adjusted and fastened seatbelt start at $25, not including court costs. Fines are greater if a child is in the vehicle and is not properly secured in an age/weight appropriate child restraint system. Seatbelts save lives, prevent injury and are one of the best defenses against an impaired driver. By simply clicking your seatbelt, you can help reduce fatalities on the road this summer.
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