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marijuana laws

Breaking Boundaries: The Evolving Landscape of Marijuana Laws in the U.S.

As Hire Image previously reported, there continues to be a divide between state and federal marijuana laws. However, we could anticipate forthcoming transformations. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration plans to reclassify marijuana, acknowledging its medical benefits and lower potential for abuse compared to more hazardous drugs. However, this proposal does ...
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Ohio

GROW: A Look into Ohio’s Clean Slate Law

In 2024, more states aim to conceal criminal records. Ohio has now introduced a bill aimed at providing support to former inmates as they seek employment opportunities. The proposed “Getting Rehabilitated Ohioans Working” or GROW Act would involve the sealing of specific criminal records during job applications, offering potential benefits ...
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retail

Pay Transparency Challenges for Retail Employers

Employers all over the country continue to be affected by state and local pay transparency laws. States such as Illinois, Hawaii, New York and California have all passed their own pay transparency laws while other states have proposed laws and are awaiting effect. The retail industry is now facing challenges with the ever-evolving laws. These laws ...
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maryland

Maryland Joins the Privacy Law Movement

Maryland is looking to join New Hampshire and New Jersey as one of the states to pass privacy laws in 2024. On April 6, 2024, the Maryland Legislature approved a comprehensive privacy measure. If signed into law, Maryland Online Data Privacy Act of 2024 (MODPA) will come into effect on ...
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background checks

Adapting to Change: Massachusetts Legislation and Background Checks

In the realm of modern employment practices, the utilization of background checks has emerged as a pivotal component in the hiring process. These checks serve as a critical tool for employers to assess the suitability of prospective candidates, ensuring both workplace safety and regulatory compliance. However, the landscape of employment ...
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ai

AI Governance in a Rapidly Advancing Landscape

In the swiftly evolving landscape of artificial intelligence (AI) governance, navigating the intricacies of policy, ethics, and technology integration has become paramount. As AI technologies continue to advance at an unprecedented pace, governments, organizations, and individuals grapple with the complexities of harnessing its potential while mitigating associated risks. On March ...
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expungement

California’s Evolving Expungement and Clean Slate Laws

As of 2023, Individuals in California convicted of most types of felonies, even those involving violent crimes, can request the expungement of their records, with the exception of sex offenses. Eligibility criteria require applicants to have completed their entire sentences, including probation, and maintained a clean record for two years ...
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salary history

Virginia’s Stance on Salary History Bans

A growing number of states have implemented statutes or policies commonly known as “salary history bans” or equivalent measures. Numerous states, such as California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, and Washington, enforce the requirement for employers to include salary ranges in job postings. Conversely, in Connecticut, Maryland, Nevada, and Rhode Island, ...
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New York City

New York City’s Vigilance on Pay Transparency

It has been over a year since New York City passed their pay transparency law, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights is cracking down on compliance. The Commission is diligently working to uphold legal standards and remains unwavering in its commitment, undeterred by instances of partial compliance. ...
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cannabis

Cannabis Laws in the Workplace: State vs. Federal Divide

By 2024, most states throughout the United States have recognized and enacted their respective cannabis workplace regulations. Despite state-level laws and acceptance, individuals holding valid medical marijuana prescriptions have encountered legal hurdles when it comes to workplace protections. While many states have legalized medical marijuana, the federal government maintains its ...
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los angeles

Los Angeles County Fair Chance Ordinance

Effective September 3, 2024, a new Los Angeles County ordinance will require necessary revisions to job postings, conditional offer letters, procedures for evaluating criminal history, and associated notifications for the unincorporated regions of Los Angeles County. The ordinance bans language in job postings that discourages applicants based on criminal history ...
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background check

Navigating Background Check Challenges in California

Businesses in California, particularly those in Los Angeles County, continue to face hurdles in conducting background checks that include criminal record searches. In 2021, a court ruling restricted the Riverside Superior Court from allowing searches of its electronic criminal case index using an individual’s date of birth or driver’s license ...
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