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Philadelphia Employers: Puff, Puff Pass[ed Drug Test]

In the year of marijuana blog posts, we will close out 2021 with another marijuana update. We have discussed during recent webinars that the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is chasing after other jurisdictions who have banned pre-employment...

Webinar Recording: AccuSource's Year-End Compliance Review

2021 has seen changes in the background screening industry that have greatly impacted the screening programs of employers. From the identifier redactions occurring in California and Michigan to new ban the box laws, employers may face new issues...

Christmas Cannabis: New Federal Marijuana Act Introduced

We have previously discussed legislation that would have legalized marijuana at the federal level, but none of those bills advanced to the point of becoming law. In addition to other marijuana legislation introduced this year, in November...

New York City Fair Chance Act: Proposed Solution

In October 2015, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (“CCHR”) enacted the New York City Fair Chance Act (“NYC FCA”), which amended the New York City Human Rights Law. The original version of the NYC FCA makes it illegal for most impacted...

California Employers: Watch Out! DFEH Seeking Fair Chance Act Violations

Employers who hire applicants and employees in California should review their job advertisements immediately to verify compliance with California’s Fair Chance Act (“FCA”). In its press release on October 20, 2021, the California Department of...

NY DOL issues Guidance on Legalized Recreation Marijuana and the Workplace

AccuSource has previously discussed the legalization of marijuana in New York for recreational purposes. The New York Department of Labor (“NY DOL”) recently issued guidance and a set of frequently asked questions to address how legalization...

FCRA Focus Part II: Disclosure and Authorization

We are going back to basics with this blog post, outlining the disclosure and authorization requirements under the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). Please note that the FCRA has disclosure and authorization requirements for...

New York City Alert: Legal Guidance Issued on NYC Fair Chance Act

If you are an employer who requests background screening reports on applicants and/or employees who live or work in New York City, including its five boroughs, this alert could impact you. We wrote in January 2021 that New York City updated its...

Webinar: Returning Employees to Work Safely

It’s 2021, and we are still in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. As more businesses reopen and some companies transition from remote to on-site workplaces, it’s natural for many people to feel concern about encountering the coronavirus at...

Michigan ID Redaction Update: Partial Victory

AccuSource has received news from our industry group, the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA), that on June 30, 2021 the Michigan Supreme Court issued an order that delays the implementation of the date of birth redaction rule...

Smoke Up: Connecticut Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

Connecticut employers, take note! Effective today (yes, July 1, 2021), Connecticut has become the nineteenth state to legalize recreational weed. The Connecticut government is wasting no time with Senate Bill 1201. It was signed into law by the...

FCRA Focus: Drug Testing

The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) can be confusing at times even though it has been in place for many years. One gray area includes which activities are covered under the FCRA. If an organization requests criminal background checks...

Weeding Out the Facts: Marijuana May Be Legal But Beware

The number of states in the United States with legalized medical marijuana is quickly approaching 40. Alabama joined as the thirty-seventh state on May 17, 2021 when its governor signed into law the Darren Wesley ‘Ato’ Hall Compassion Act (AL...

Marijuana Mayhem: New Developments

It is getting to the point where AccuSource may need to start a dedicated marijuana blog and I am beginning to run out of clever marijuana-related titles. First up, employers impacted by Philadelphia laws need to take note of new drug testing...

High Maintenance: More States Legalize Recreational Weed

April is the month of 420, which is fitting as three more states have legalized recreational marijuana. First, the State of New York passed the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act (Senate Bill S854A), legalizing the recreational use of...

Having Pre-(Adverse) Action Pains as Illinois Passes SB 1480? AccuSource Can Help!

Illinois recently joined the growing list of jurisdictions that have specific requirements for employers that take adverse action against applicants and employees. Not only do employers have obligations under the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act...

From Sea to Shining Sea: Virginia Passes Privacy Law

Both coasts of the United States now have jurisdictions with privacy laws. Virginia has joined California in protecting the privacy of its citizens by passing its own comprehensive privacy law. The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (“CDPA”) ...

Transitioning to a New “Normal” …Why Demand for Workplace COVID-19 Testing is Likely to Remain Strong for the Foreseeable Future

In recent weeks, much of the news coverage has been focused on COVID-19 vaccinationsOn March 1, 2021, Johnson and Johnson began the distribution of their one-dose COVID-19 vaccine. It is the third vaccine developed to protect against the deadly 

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