Varying Medical Marijuana Regulations Create Complexities for Drug-Free Workplace Policies

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When an organization addresses medical marijuana in its drug-free workplace policy, it must carefully consider both state and federal regulations. However, regulations vary widely from state to state and often state regulations directly contradict federal law which makes addressing medical marijuana in a drug-free workplace policy complex. Additionally, employers that have workers in multiple states […]

5 Unanswered Questions about the Massachusetts CORI Reform Law

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In 2010, Massachusetts lawmakers passed the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) reform bill to create more employment opportunities for individuals with prior criminal offenses. The Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) will be rolling out new CORI regulations. Employers must obtain authorization from applicants before obtaining a CORI report and employers have certain notice […]

5 Best Practices for Global Workforce Background Screening

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As the workforce of many organizations becomes more globalized, new challenges are created in maintaining an effective and compliant employment background screening program. Organizations that expand their operations overseas, or utilize workers who have lived, studied, or worked in a foreign country, must ensure that they adapt their background screening policies to address this global […]

The Impact of the Massachusetts CORI Reform Law on Employer Background Checks

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Since the passage of the 2010 Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) reform bill, employers face ongoing changes in their use and access to criminal history information. By enhancing regulations around criminal history checks, the CORI bill aims to create greater employment opportunities for past criminal offenders. CORI reform affects both regular employers and certain […]

Employers Spend 1 Million Hours per Year Managing I-9 Forms

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Most human resources professionals are familiar with the complexities of managing the Form I-9. From ensuring proper completion of the form to verifying identity documents to proper document retention, the Form I-9 process remains a burdensome process for employers. Recently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) estimated that organizations spend approximately one million hours […]