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Pennsylvania Enacts a New Medical Marijuana Law

By Michael Klazema on 5/23/2016   |   Tags:   drug screening  Marijuana  medical  Pennsylvania

On April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania passed the Medical Marijuana Act which legalizes the prescription and use of medical marijuana for individuals with a serious medical condition and establishes a medical marijuana program. The new marijuana act, effective May 17, 2016, includes antidiscrimination provisions and work exceptions for employers.

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Indiana Police Officer Never Had a Background Check

By Michael Klazema on 5/23/2016   |   Tags:   Indiana  police

A former police officer was recently sentenced to eight years in prison for reckless homicide, after a car crash that resulted in the death of a soon-to-be father. The man never had a background check when he was hired, despite a driving record that included 17 license suspensions.

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OPM Proposes Federal Ban the Box Rule

By Michael Klazema on 5/6/2016   |   Tags:   ban the box  OPM

The Office of Personnel Management wants to ban the box for all federal employers. The rule, if approved, would remove criminal history questions from job applications and delay background checks until after employers have extended conditional offers of employment.

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  • May 31 — A Michigan school district is changing its volunteer and visitor background checks after discovering that a parent volunteer was a sex offender. The district faces some logistical background check challenges since it is located so close to the Michigan-Ohio state line.
  • May 27 — Last year, New York City banned the box for private and public employers alike. Now, the city's Commission on Human Rights wants to expand the reach of the law to dictate when and how employers can disclose their background check requirements.
  • May 26 — A treasurer recently accused by a social group in the Philadelphia area of stealing thousands of dollars. The group did not run a background check on the Treasurer, who has a felony conviction for stealing from a non-profit organization she worked for in the past.
  • May 24 — An accused killer with a previous criminal record was permitted to drive children to school in Derry Township, Pennsylvania. The man was not an employee of the school district, but rather worked as a contractor for a local transportation company that the district used for certain services.
  • May 23 — On April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania passed the Medical Marijuana Act which legalizes the prescription and use of medical marijuana for individuals with a serious medical condition and establishes a medical marijuana program. The new marijuana act, effective May 17, 2016, includes antidiscrimination provisions and work exceptions for employers.
  • May 23 — A former police officer was recently sentenced to eight years in prison for reckless homicide, after a car crash that resulted in the death of a soon-to-be father. The man never had a background check when he was hired, despite a driving record that included 17 license suspensions.
  • May 20 — An alleged sexual predator was able to use his position as a nurse to sexually assault at least eight women in Colorado over a two-year period. Colorado does not require hospitals to disclose misconduct allegations to the state licensing body.
  • May 18 — The Pennsylvania legislature made a mistake in 2014, inadvertently exempting doctors, hospital workers, and clergy members from background check requirements. Now, a new bill is closing the loophole.
  • May 16 — A recent House Oversight Committee hearing showed how badly Congress wanted the federal government to adopt social media background checks for job applicants. The Office of Personnel Management is even developing a tool that will crawl the web in search of applicant information.
  • May 06 — The Office of Personnel Management wants to ban the box for all federal employers. The rule, if approved, would remove criminal history questions from job applications and delay background checks until after employers have extended conditional offers of employment.