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Hire Image To Host FREE Webinar: Drug Testing in the Age of Marijuana

The ever-changing marijuana laws and updates can make it difficult for employers to keep up with their drug testing processes. Not only do these new laws effect the onboarding and hiring process, but they may also impact compliance and other workplace policies. Don’t let your compliance go up in smoke! …

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Kentucky Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Effective January 1, 2025: Kentuckians who are “qualified patients” will be able to apply for a medical marijuana card after obtaining a written certification from their doctor showing a qualified medical condition. “Qualified patient” means a person who has obtained a written certification from a medicinal cannabis practitioner with whom he …

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Fake ‘Massachusetts Central University’ Resurfaces

A website featuring Massachusetts Central University, a non-existent institution, with unresponsive contact information, stock photos of students and faculty members, images of other university buildings, and an address associated with UMass Boston had recently resurfaced after being shut down previously. The fraudulent online Boston-based university claims to have over 10,000 …

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Federal Agencies Release Joint Statement on AI Bias and Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) have expressed concerns in the past about how automated systems and artificial intelligence (AI) used for employment decision-making can result in discriminatory outcomes. Hire Image previously …

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DOT Issues Final Rule on Oral Fluid Drug Testing

Effective June 1, 2023: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) regulated industry drug testing program will now include oral fluid testing. Under a recently issued final rule, the current DOT drug testing program is amended by adding oral fluid testing as a valid methodology for drug testing. Employers will now …

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Salary History in the Hiring Process

Columbus Becomes Latest Ohio City to Ban Inquiries into Salary History

Effective March 1, 2024: Employers with 15 or more employees in the city of Columbus, Ohio are prohibited from inquiring about or using an applicant’s salary history: to screen job applicants, in deciding whether to offer employment, and in determining salary, benefits, or other compensation during the hiring process. Employers …

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Attention NYC Employers: Enforcement of AI Law Begins July 5th

Effective July 5, 2023: New York City will begin enforcing its “Automated Employment Decision Tools Law” and its provisions regarding the use of automated hiring tools by employers. The law prohibits the use of certain types of data in automated hiring decisions, including age, race, gender, and religion, and requires …

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Delaware Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

Effective 04/23/2023 Delaware has become the 22nd state to legalize recreational marijuana. While Governor John Carney chose not to sign the House Bill 1 or House Bill 2, they did become law without his signature. House Bill 1 allows those age 21 and older to purchase, use or possess up …

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Reminder to Employers to Save Older E-Verify Records Before Deletion

Effective June 24, 2023: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will dispose of E-Verify records that are more than ten years old (created on or before December 31, 2012). This is part of a routine data retention policy that is intended to reduce the amount of data stored in the …

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Employer Win in FCRA Case

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently granted summary judgment to a bank and three CRAs in a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case where the bank promptly corrected inaccurate payment information that had been sent to the CRAs. The plaintiffs claimed violations of the FCRA …

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Iowa Unanimously Passes Data Privacy Law

Effective January 1, 2025:  Businesses that operate as controllers of personal data are required to provide consumers with a “reasonably accessible, clear, and meaningful privacy notice” that includes the following: The categories of personal data processed by the controller. The purpose for processing personal data. How consumers may exercise their …

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Michigan Automatic Expungements Now In Effect

Starting yesterday, April 11, 2023, approximately one million Michigan residents will have their criminal convictions automatically expunged under the state’s Clean Slate Law. While the law was enacted on April 11, 2021, it contained a two-year implementation period, making it effective today. The Michigan State Police will carry out the …

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