myE-Verify, a free, web-based service for workers and job seekers provided by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is now available nationwide after an initial roll-out to five states. USCIS has also expanded compliance activities targeting employers.
The Supreme Court has agreed to decide if an internet people-search company, Spokeo, can be sued for displaying false information about a Virginia man to potential employers. This closely-watched Fair Credit Reporting Act case has attracted the attention of Google, Facebook, eBay and Yahoo, all of which are backing Spokeo.
Georgia has become the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana in small amounts. On April 16, Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation that immediately permits the use of the drug to treat eight serious health conditions. However, the new law does not protect medical marijuana users from employment discrimination.
Kentucky, Montana and Nebraska have all enacted laws this month which allow private employers to adopt voluntary veterans preference policies for hiring, promoting or retaining a veteran over another qualified applicant or employee.
Virginia has become the 15th state to enact a "ban the box" law with Governor Terry McAuliffe signing an executive order on April 3. Ban the box refers to eliminating the box on job applications that prospective employees are often asked to check off if they have ever been convicted of a crime.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that persons convicted of possessing less than one-half ounce of marijuana have the right to get those convictions erased. The result means that thousands of job applicants previously arrested for marijuana possession may petition for a court order so that records relating to those charges are destroyed and will not be visible during a background check.
The US Department of Labor (DOL) has suspended its processing of requests for prevailing wage determinations and labor certification applications in light of a federal district court's ruling that the DOL lacks authority to issue regulations concerning the H-2B guest worker program. However, the DOL has also filed a motion to stay the court order.
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