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Philadelphia: New Ordinance Prohibits Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing

Posted by Sean Craig

Jul 13, 2021 9:26:41 AM

Portions of this post originally appeared on the JDSupra website and can be accessed here.

Philadelphia recently passed an ordinance that prohibits employers from requiring “a prospective employee to submit to testing for the presence of marijuana in such prospective employee’s system as a condition of employment.”

The ordinance will take effect on January 1, 2022, and applies to any person doing business in the city who employs one or more employees.

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Drug Screening, employment laws, Marijuana laws, philadelphia

Illinois Tightens Restrictions on Use of Criminal Checks in Hiring

Posted by National Law Review

Apr 8, 2021 1:30:00 PM

This article was originally published by The National Law Review and can be accessed here.

Illinois employers have been prohibited from using arrest records as the basis for employment decisions under Section 103 of the Illinois Human Rights Actfor a long time. On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill (SB) 1480 into law, which added a new Section 103.1 to the IHRA that severely restricts the ability of employers to rely on conviction records in making employment decisions.  

Section 103.1 is effective immediately, and prohibits use of a conviction record as the basis for an employment decision unless:

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Topics: criminal records search, Employer use of criminal records, employment laws, illinois

HR’s Ultimate Background Screening Checklist

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 5, 2020 12:50:48 PM

Needle in a haystack?

Hiring quality employees can be challenging to any organization. However, high-performing A-players are essential components in building a well-oiled, successful company that can serve clients and maintain a competitive edge. Unfortunately, even candidates who look promising on paper and ace the interview might still be the wrong choice.

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Topics: background screen, background check, background screening practices, Employer use of criminal records, background check services, hiring process, employment laws, PBSA

Illinois Enacts Workplace Transparency Act, Effective January 1, 2020

Posted by Susan McCullah

Feb 20, 2020 10:01:17 AM

Illinois created a bill last year that addressed discrimination and harassment in the workplace. SB-75, or the "Workplace Transparency Act" passed during the General Assembly on June 2, 2019. 

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Topics: employer compliance, employment laws, Illinois workplace transparency act

Ban the Box: Background Screening Update in Maryland

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jan 17, 2020 10:49:13 AM

Ban the Box Maryland

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Topics: Ban the Box, Employer use of criminal records, employment laws, Maryland

Confusing Background Check Disclosures Can Result in Employer Compliance FCRA Trouble!

Posted by Nadia D. Adams

Dec 4, 2018 10:23:57 AM

Data Facts strives to keep our clients informed about the importance of diligent and consistent compliance in their background check processes. This article was written by Nadia D. Adams and originally published online at The National Law Review.

On November 29, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Mitchell v. Winco Foods, No. 17-35998, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 33483 (9th Cir. Nov. 29, 2018); a Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) case on appeal after the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss the case for lack of standing.

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Topics: FCRA, Litigation avoidance, adverse action procedures, Employer hot topics, employer compliance, employment laws

Employment Laws: Vermont Employers Can't Ask About Salary History

Posted by Johnna Leeds

Jun 29, 2018 1:44:02 PM

The way organizations recruit, interview, and choose new employees is changing in a variety of ways. What were once commonplace practices are now being phased out in favor of new processes that are less discriminatory and equal for everyone.

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Topics: background checks, background screening practices, employer compliance, hiring process, salary history ban, Vermont, employment laws

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~~Susan McCullah is the Marketing Project Manager/ Background Screening Division for Data Facts, Inc, a 25 year old Memphis based company. Data Facts Inc -an NAPBS accredited company- is a leading provider of employment screening solutions. Check out our website for a complete explanation of our services.