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New Jersey Recreational Marijuana Update

New Jersey legalized recreational marijuana for those 21 and older in early 2021 via “The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act” (CREAMM Act). The act allows employers to test applicants and employees for marijuana as part of their pre-employment and regular screening of current employees. It also allows for reasonable suspicion …

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New Jersey Enforces Fair Chance in Housing Act with 30 Violations

New Jersey’s Fair Chance Housing Act (“Act”) (effective January 1, 2022) bans landlords from asking about an applicant’s criminal history on an application or in an interview prior to making the applicant a conditional offer of housing. It also prohibits them from stating in any housing advertisements that they will not consider applicants with a …

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Nevada

Nevada’s Monitoring Did Not Ensure Childcare Provider Compliance with Criminal Background Checks

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) recently conducted an audit to determine whether Nevada’s monitoring of childcare providers ensured provider compliance with to state criminal background check requirements established under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (“CCDBG Act”). The CCDBG Act requires states that receive funding …

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Recidivism

Recidivism Tragedy: Man with Extensive Criminal History Tied to Miami Detective Death

Miami-Dade Detective Cesar Echaverry (29) was recently shot killed in the line of duty while serving and protecting his community. He was attempting to stop a robbery suspect who was wanted for an earlier robbery in nearby Broward County. As the suspect tried to flee in his car, he drove into police vehicles and a civilian …

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I-9 & E-Verify

Proposed Rule Considers Form I-9 Remote Verification Permanency

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a proposed rule that would provide employers with alternate procedures to examine Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) documentation. Under the rule, the Secretary of Homeland Security could authorize alternative options for document examination procedures, as long as they offer an equivalent level of security, or as …

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Marijuana Laws

District of Columbia Marijuana Testing Update

On July 13, 2022, the Washington D.C. Mayor signed the Cannabis Employment Protections Amendment Act of 2022 into law. This law includes employment protections for applicants and employees, as employers “may not refuse to hire, terminate from employment, suspend, fail to promote, demote, or penalize and individual based upon: The individual’s use of cannabis; The …

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Recidivist Offenders: Missouri Prosecutor Discouraged with “Catch-and-Release” Justice System

After a recidivist offender was charged with burglarizing both a business and a nearby home in the same morning, a Newton County Prosecuting Attorney said it was “disheartening” that the state engages in a catch-and-release system of justice. He noted, “The amount of resources wasted on chasing repeat offenders that should still be in prison …

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