What U.S. City Has Highest Marijuana Positivity Rate in Drug Tests? The Answer Will Surprise You.

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn States with the highest marijuana positivity rates in employment drug tests do not necessarily contain the cities with the highest marijuana positivity rates, and a city where marijuana is not even legalized for medical or recreational use surprisingly led all cities in marijuana positivity rates, according to data …

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Google Fined Nearly $57 Million for Alleged Violations of EU GDPR

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 21, 2019, France’s National Data Protection Commission (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés or CNIL) imposed a financial penalty of €50 million euros – nearly $57 million U.S. dollars – against Google LLC for an alleged lack of transparency, inadequate information, and lack of valid consent regarding …

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Delaware Court Confirms State Medical Marijuana Law Not Preempted by Federal Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 17, 2018, a Delaware state court in the case of Chance v. Kraft Heinz Foods Company upheld an employment claim brought by medical marijuana user and confirmed that the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) does not preempt the Delaware Medical Marijuana Act (DMMA).

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Judge Certifies Class of Five Million Walmart Job Applicants to Pursue FCRA Class Action Lawsuit

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 17, 2019, a California federal judge certified a class of approximately five million people who applied for a job at Walmart to pursue a class action lawsuit – Randy Pitre v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (Case No. 8:17-cv-01281-DOC-DFM) – that claims the retail giant added extraneous …

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Form I-9 Audits and Worksite Arrests by ICE Surged in Fiscal Year 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In December of 2018, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the federal agency that enforces laws governing American border control – announced that criminal investigations, business audits, and arrests by ICE surged in fiscal year (FY) 2018 compared to FY 2017 following a commitment made …

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Odds of Dying from Opioid Overdose Greater than Auto Accident in the U.S.

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Safety Council (NSC) – a nonprofit organization with the mission of eliminating preventable deaths at work, home, and on the road – analyzed preventable injury and fatality statistics from 2017 and found that for the first time the lifetime odds of accidentally dying from an …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) CEO Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Background Check Trends Webinar

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen – founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual” – will host a free live webinar entitled “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2019” on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, from 11:00 AM …

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FTC Closed with Limited Services Due to Partial U.S. Government Shutdown

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the federal agency protecting American consumers – closed on December 28, 2018, due to a lapse in funding caused by the partial shutdown of the United States federal government that began on December 22, 2018, according to a notice on the …

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Report Finds Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Have Had Family Member Incarcerated in Jail or Prison

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A report based on research conducted by FWD.us and Cornell University on how incarceration affects American families revealed that nearly half of all adults living in the United States – 45 percent or approximately 113 million people – have had an immediate family member either formerly or …

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Delta Air Lines to Pay $2.3 Million to Settle Background Check Lawsuit for Alleged FCRA Violations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 3, 2019, Delta Air Lines agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed the major U.S. airline allegedly failed to provide job applicants with a “standalone” background check disclosure in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and related California …

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