New Jersey Recreational Marijuana Law Affects Workplace Drug Testing

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 22, 2021, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed “The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act” (CREAMMA) into law to legalize and regulate marijuana use and possession for adults 21 years and older, according to a press release from the Governor. “Our …

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Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Claiming Alleged Violations of FCRA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 16, 2021, the United States District Court Middle District of Florida Tampa Division denied the Defendant’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit claiming the Defendant allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that regulates consumer reports in the United States by requesting the Plaintiff’s …

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USCIS Will Dispose of E-Verify Records Over Ten Years Old on May 14, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 14, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will dispose of E-Verify records that are more than ten years old and dated on or before December 31, 2010. Employers have until May 14, 2021, to download case information from the Historic Records Report to …

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TSA Seeks to Fill Over 6,000 Transportation Security Officer (TSO) Positions

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 19, 2021, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) – which has critical a mission to protect America’s transportation systems – announced the launching of recruitment efforts nationwide to fill over 6,000 Transportation Security Officer (TSO) positions by the summer of 2021, according to a press release …

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Bill Prohibits Discriminating Against Applicants for Positive Marijuana Tests

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 19, 2021, California Assembly Member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced Assembly Bill 1256 (AB 1256), a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against a person in hiring, termination, or any condition of employment due to the fact that a drug test has found that person …

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Illinois Amendment to “Ban the Box” Law Would Impact Employers in their Use of Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In January 2021, the Illinois legislature passed Senate Bill 1480 (SB 1480) to amend the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) that would impact employers under the state’s “Ban the Box” law that prevents employers from asking job applicants about criminal histories on applications. The bill was sent …

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PreemploymentDirectory.com Offers Employers Employment Screening Advice

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn PreemploymentDirectory.com, a comprehensive listing of professional background screening companies, has added a new ‘Employment Screening Advice for Employers’ section to its industry information portal to help educate employers in the field of background screening, according to a press release about the new section, which is located at …

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President Biden Appoints EEOC Chair and Vice Chair to Address Discrimination

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In January of 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – a government agency that advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting emp­loyment discrimination – announced that President Joe Biden had appointed Commissioner Charlotte A. Burrows Chair of the EEOC and Commissioner Jocelyn …

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Safe Hiring Expert Explains Why Employers Should Hire Slowly and Fire Quickly

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of leading global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” has written an article titled “Why Employers Should Hire Slowly and Fire Quickly” that explains two critical mistakes employers can …

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OSHA Issues Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing COVID-19 in Workplace

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 29, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued revised guidance titled “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace” to help employers and workers in most workplace settings outside of healthcare identify risks of being exposed to …

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