Virginia joins ranks of CROWN Act participants

Earlier last month, Virginia officially adopted the CROWN Act into its legislature effectively banning discrimination against natural hairstyles. The CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) Act (SB 188) was originally enacted exactly a year prior on July 3rd, 2019 in California. New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, Colorado, and now Virginia…

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Florida Governor Signs Mandatory E-Verify Law

Earlier last month, current Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed a new law, known as “SB 664”, that would make E-Verify the mandatory method of verifying work eligibility. This would apply to all government employees and even some private employers as well. The provision will be mandatory beginning January first of next year, 2021. Any public…

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“Ban the Box” Laws Expand to a Federal Level with Presidential Approval

On December 20th of 2019, President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which included provisions that would enact “ban the box” policy on a federal level. These provisions within the act as known as the “Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019” simply known as the “Fair Chance Act”. The new…

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Illinois Marijuana Law Introduces New Compliance Territory

Since the start of the new year, employers in the state of Illinois have faced changes in the way that they navigate the pre-employment background check process through drug screening. Originally signed in June 2019 by Governor J.B. Pritzker, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act has not taken into effect until this year. With…

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4 Ways Employers Can Tackle Recreational Marijuana Laws

Illinois is the most recent state to pass legislation legalizing the use of cannabis starting January 1st of 2020. Illinois joins 9 other states along Washington DC in protecting employees from discipline for non-work marijuana use, which would mirror current laws for tobacco and alcohol use “off the clock”. How should employers navigate through these…

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FCRA Compliance with the 7 Year Rule

Regulations for FCRA Background Check Criminal History Background Screening There are many people currently in distress over FCRA background check compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) 7 year’s criminal history regulations. There seem to be issues on both sides of the fence. Both smaller and larger firms have had a recent history of…

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Background Screening Policy

When Creating Your Company’s New Hire Process From “ban the box” compliance to position specific searches, here are five important items to add to your organization’s background screening policy: Ban the Box Compliance – It is only a matter of time before every employer nationwide must adhere to “ban the box” regulations; be proactive and…

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