Background Check News

Illinois Amends Human Rights Act Regarding Criminal Convictions

Illinois recently amended the Illinois Human Rights Act, with significant impacts to Illinois employers. The amendment, which went into effect on March 23, 2021, provides that it is a civil rights violation for any employer to use a conviction record as a basis “to...

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New York Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

Effective March 31, 2021: Possession and recreational use of up to three ounces of marijuana or 24 grams of concentrated cannabis, such as oils derived from a cannabis plant, by adults 21 and over is now legal in New York. Adults can consume marijuana anywhere it is...

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Lakeland, Florida Implements Ban the Box

Effective February 1, 2021: City of Lakeland, Florida employers are required to remove questions about prior criminal records of job applicants from employment applications. According to the city’s news release, “the questions about criminal history will be removed...

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Are the new NYC Fair Chance Amendments Fair to Employers?

In addition to all of the challenges employers are currently facing, New York City employers must now also prepare themselves for some recent amendments to New York City’s Fair Chance Act (“FCA”). Since 2015,  the FCA has prohibited employers from certain activities...

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