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  • First-of-Its-Kind Medical Marijuana Ruling Finds Employer Acted Illegally

    May 31, 2017

    A Rhode Island court has held a company liable for refusing to hire a medical marijuana cardholder because she could not pass a preemployment drug test. It is a novel ruling not only in Rhode Island but nationwide.

  • West Virginia Is 29th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana Use

    April 28, 2017

    West Virginia has become the 29th state to permit medical marijuana use after Governor Jim Justice signed the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, which recognizes marijuana as a treatment for patients with certain specified serious health conditions.

  • E-Verify Extended Through April 2017

    December 27, 2016

    President Barack Obama has signed the Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017, which extends appropriations through April 28, 2017.

  • Los Angeles Poised to Ban the Box For Most Private Employers

    December 8, 2016

    The Los Angeles City Council has approved a "ban the box" ordinance prohibiting certain employers from asking about a prospective employee's criminal history until a conditional employment offer has been made.

  • Employer's Dreadlock Ban Is Not Racial Discrimination, 11th Circuit Finds

    September 28, 2016

    The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an employer's refusal to hire an African-American job applicant because she refused to cut her dreadlocks is not illegal.

  • Positive Drug Tests of US Workers at Highest Level in a Decade

    September 21, 2016

    The percentage of employees testing positive for illegal drug use is at its highest level in 10 years, according to an analysis by Quest Diagnostics of nearly 11 million workforce drug test results.

  • Connecticut Bans Criminal History Box for Private Employers

    June 14, 2016

    Connecticut has become the ninth state to pass a law banning private employers from asking criminal history questions on job applications. Effective January 1, 2017, Connecticut employers will not be able to ask prospective employees about prior arrests, criminal charges or convictions on an initial application.

  • Supreme Court Raises Bar for Fair Credit Reporting Act Claimants

    May 26, 2016

    The Supreme Court has ruled in Spokeo v. Robins that a plaintiff must allege something more than a hypothetical violation in order to pursue a federal claim under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

  • Vermont Becomes 8th State to Ban the Box for Private Employers

    May 9, 2016

    Vermont has become the 8th state to pass a law banning private employers from including a criminal history box on job applications. Governor Peter Shumlin signed the measure on May 3, just one week after President Barack Obama directed federal agencies to adopt ban the box hiring practices.

  • Pennsylvania Legalizes Medical Marijuana

    April 22, 2016

    Pennsylvania has become the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana for people suffering from certain chronic health conditions, including terminal illnesses.

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