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Ohio Enacts a New Medical Marijuana Law

By Michael Klazema on 7/11/2016   |   Tags:   drug screening  ohio

On May 25, 2015, the Ohio Legislature passed House Bill 523 which legalizes the prescription and use of medical marijuana for individuals with serious medical conditions. Governor John Kasich signed the bill on June 8, 2016, and it will take effect on September 8, 2016.

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Connecticut Passes the Amended Ban the Box Bill

By Michael Klazema on 7/11/2016   |   Tags:   ban the box  Connecticut

Connecticut passed an amended version of House Bill 5237 relating to employment-related protections for people with a criminal conviction record. The modified “Ban the Box” bill states, “No employer shall inquire about a prospective employee’s prior arrests, criminal charges, or convictions on an initial employment application, unless (1) the employer is required to do so by an applicable state or federal law, or (2) a security or fidelity bond or an equivalent bond is required for the position for which the prospective employee is seeking employment.” The new law allows an employee or prospective employee to file a complaint with the Labor Commissioner alleging an employer’s violation.  The amended parts of the bill will go into effect on January 1, 2017.

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Fixing Turnaround Times in Virginia

By Michael Klazema on 7/8/2016   |   Tags:   virginia

In April of this year, Virginia removed Year of Birth from all court records. This is causing all potentially adverse records to require court intervention for verification of Year of Birth, leading to turnaround times of 4-6 weeks. This is affecting all background screening companies performing searches in Virginia.Please note that potential adverse information is also potential clear information. Clients should not infer adverse information or take action simply because a report is taking a while to return.backgroundchecks.com, and the background screening industry as a whole, is well aware that the situation as it stands is unsustainable for everyone involved: clients, consumers and consumer reporting agencies. We are working together to fix this issue by having Virginia provide us with full Date of Birth, including Year of Birth.To that end, we have met with Virginia Delegate Randy Minchew, Member of the House Courts of Justice Committee, and with Lobbyist Chip Dicks to determine o ...

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  • January 09 — “Ban the box” legislation has rapidly spread across the country, emerging as city or county ordinances and even as statewide laws. Now, however, an Indiana State Senator wants to ban “ban the box” ordinances in the state.
  • December 21 — The Department of Transportation is creating a new database to track drug and alcohol infractions for truckers and other commercial drivers. Employers will be required to report infractions to the database and run searches when filling positions that require a commercial driver’s license.
  • December 20 — The Mayor of Los Angeles recently signed into law an initiative that bans the box for private employers. The law also forces private employers to follow an eight-point list of considerations recommended by the EEOC before making any adverse employment decisions based on criminal history.
  • August 26 — Massachusetts Bans Employers from Asking about Salary History in Job Interviews
  • August 16 — A ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says that federal judges do not have the authority to expunge federal criminal convictions. Congress would need to pass a bill to give judges that power.
  • July 14 — Tompkins County is officially the third county in New York to ban the box for public jobs and the 11th jurisdiction to make the decision. The county's policy includes an unusual way of keeping the hiring process as unbiased as possible when dealing with applicants who have criminal histories.
  • July 11

    On May 25, 2015, the Ohio Legislature passed House Bill 523 which legalizes the prescription and use of medical marijuana for individuals with serious medical conditions. Governor John Kasich signed the bill on June 8, 2016, and it will take effect on September 8, 2016.

  • July 11

    The Colorado legislature passed House Bill 1265 that prohibits the reporting of expunged criminal history. Governor John Hickenlooper, Jr. signed the bill on June 10, 2016 and it goes into effect immediately.

  • July 11

    Connecticut passed an amended version of House Bill 5237 relating to employment-related protections for people with a criminal conviction record. The modified “Ban the Box” bill states, “No employer shall inquire about a prospective employee’s prior arrests, criminal charges, or convictions on an initial employment application, unless (1) the employer is required to do so by an applicable state or federal law, or (2) a security or fidelity bond or an equivalent bond is required for the position for which the prospective employee is seeking employment.” The new law allows an employee or prospective employee to file a complaint with the Labor Commissioner alleging an employer’s violation.  The amended parts of the bill will go into effect on January 1, 2017.

  • July 08

    In April of this year, Virginia removed Year of Birth from all court records. This is causing all potentially adverse records to require court intervention for verification of Year of Birth, leading to turnaround times of 4-6 weeks. This is affecting all background screening companies performing searches in Virginia.Please note that potential adverse information is also potential clear information. Clients should not infer adverse information or take action simply because a report is taking a while to return.backgroundchecks.com, and the background screening industry as a whole, is well aware that the situation as it stands is unsustainable for everyone involved: clients, consumers and consumer reporting agencies. We are working together to fix this issue by having Virginia provide us with full Date of Birth, including Year of Birth.To that end, we have met with Virginia Delegate Randy Minchew, Member of the House Courts of Justice Committee, and with Lobbyist Chip Dicks to determine o ...