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Marijuana Legalization Legislation Passed in Colorado and Washington Could Affect Workplace Drug Testing

Legislation legalizing recreational marijuana use that passed in two states on Election Day November 6, 2012 – Colorado Amendment 64 and Washington Initiative 502 – would legalize and regulate production, possession, and distribution of marijuana for persons age 21 and older and could affect drug testing by employers in the workplace, according to the eNewsletter State Drug Testing Laws Monthly. To stay current on state laws concerning drug testing, visit Continue reading

Security Industry Association Sends Letter of Opposition to Michigan Senate Bills that Weaken Background Checks

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has sent a letter of opposition to Michigan Statehouse leadership strongly urging the defeat of Senate Bill 1291 (SB 1291) and Senate Bill 1292 (SB 1292), the “Internet Protocol-Enabled Premises Security, Monitoring, and Control Act” and amendments to “Private Security Business and Security Alarm Act.” According to the SIA letter, this legislation circumvents current law in the State of Michigan by weakening background checks on security system installers in that state. For more information, visit the SIA Press Room at Continue reading

Election 2012 Finds Nearly 6 Million Americans with Felony Convictions Unable To Vote

Most American adults are urged to vote on Election Day. However, many U.S. citizens are unable to vote. Approximately 5.8 million Americans have lost their right to vote in the 2012 Election due to a felony conviction and four states – Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, and Virginia – permanently disenfranchise ex-felons, according to the civil rights organization Advancement Project. The full story is available at: Continue reading

California Background Checks Discussed by Safe Hiring Expert in Live Webinar on November 14

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar titled ‘Background Checks in California: Know the Rules of the Road Before Getting on the Freeway’ with HR Hero® on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To register for the 90 minute webinar, which has been approved for up to 1.5 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), visit: Continue reading

October 2012 Employment Situation Report from Bureau of Labor Statistics Shows 171000 Jobs Added

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 171,000 jobs in October 2012 while the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.9 percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — OCTOBER 2012’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which also found that Hurricane Sandy “had no discernible effect on the employment and unemployment.” The October 2012 Employment Situation Report is available at until the November 2012 Employment Situation Report is released on Friday, December 7, 2012. Continue reading

October 2012 ADP National Employment Report Shows Increase of 158000 Private Sector Jobs in US

Private sector employment in the U.S. increased by 158,000 jobs from September 2012 to October 2012 led by a gain of 81,000 jobs in large businesses with 500 or more employees, according to the October 2012 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®). More information about the October 2012 ADP National Employment Report, the first done in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics, is available at: Continue reading

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Begins Accepting Credit Reporting Complaints from Consumers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has begun to accept consumer complaints about credit reporting, marking the first time consumers will receive individual-level credit reporting complaint assistance at the federal level. The CFPB already handles complaints on credit cards, mortgages, bank accounts, and consumer and private student loans. To file a credit reporting complaint, consumers may call 1-855-411-CFPB (2372) Toll Free or file online at Continue reading

Hurricane Sandy Closes Multiple USCIS Offices for Tuesday October 30

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has sent a bulletin that states several offices will be closed or open late on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy, a “superstorm” that has battered the Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to New England with flooding, high winds, and downed trees and has left more than 30 people dead in the U.S. so far and approximately six million without power. The USCIS bulletin is available at: Continue reading

Hurricane Sandy Super Storm Closes Courts on Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Massachusetts

Many courts near the U.S. Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Massachusetts will be closed Monday, October 29, 2012 in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, a potential superstorm that could generate high winds, torrential rain, flash floods, snowstorms, and massive power outages that could affect more than 50 million people. More information about the so-called ‘Frankenstorm,’ which the National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasts to make landfall in southern New Jersey or central Delaware early Monday night, is available from the NHC website at: Continue reading

Alleged Diploma Mill Doctor Sued Over Suicide Attempt by Teenager Who Was Patient at Clinic

A man who allegedly bought a doctorate degree from an “unaccredited diploma mill” and is accused of “abusive, fraudulent, and harmful” treatment at a clinic he runs that led a teenaged patient to attempt suicide has been sued in Federal Court by the now 18-year-old boy’s parents, the Courthouse News Service reports. The family is seeking punitive damages for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act violations, fraud, conspiracy, unauthorized practice of medicine, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and consumer law violations. The full Courthouse News Service report on the case is available at: Continue reading