A New York State Of Mind – What Legalized Weed In The Workplace Means For Employers

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This blog was originally published in Forbes on April 6, 2021. After years of debating and advancing marijuana laws, beginning with legalizing the medical use of cannabis in 2014 to decriminalize minor marijuana-related offenses in 2019, lawmakers in New York have gone all-in legalizing the recreational use of marijuana by adults.  On March 31, 2021, […]

The Garden State Gets Greener – New Jersey Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

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The Garden State Gets Greener – New Jersey Legalizes Recreational Marijuana This blog was originally published in Forbes on March 18, 2021. In November 2020, voters in New Jersey overwhelmingly approved Public Question 1, amending the state’s constitution to legalize the purchase and recreational use of marijuana for persons at least 21 years old. While the amendment became effective […]

Illinois, New York City, and Philadelphia Revise Background Screening Laws

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This blog was originally published in Forbes on December 30, 2020. Lawmakers in three jurisdictions recently passed legislation that impacts employers’ screening programs.  Laws restricting consideration of an individual’s criminal history have advanced in Illinois, New York City, and Philadelphia; additionally, Philadelphia’s law concerning the use of credit history in employment decisions was recently amended. Illinois Legislation […]

How The Pandemic Affected Background Screening In 2020

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This blog was originally published in Forbes on December 30, 2020. While 2020 began with historically low unemployment, high wages, and a strong workforce mirroring an equally healthy economy, by late winter, the year would be met with a pandemic causing a seismic change in the way business operates. Employers would find themselves with a struggling […]

A Look Back at 2020 U.S. Compliance

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While news of the COVID-19 pandemic and related legislation dominated headlines in 2020, lawmakers and regulators in the U.S. still managed to advance an assortment of laws concerning ban the box measures, equal pay, and marijuana reform. Here is a look back at some of the key advancements in these three areas during the past […]