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Voters in three states approve marijuana laws

According to recent polls conducted by Gallup and the Pew Research Center, the majority of Americans (61%) support legalization of cannabis for either medicinal or recreational purposes. This was evident on Election Day 2018, when voters in three states approved new marijuana laws. Voters approved medical marijuana laws in Missouri and Utah, while Michigan voters approved a recreational…
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Employee hair drug testing: how does it work?

While urine drug tests have been the go-to for employers for many years, more and more employers are shifting towards hair drug testing. And it’s clear why. Hair drug testing provides up to a 90-day view of drug use history, compared to a urine drug test which may only be a few days. Additionally, some…
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October 2018 employment: US adds 250,000 jobs

According to ‘The Employment Situation‘ report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the United States remained unchanged at 3.7 percent, while the economy added 250,000 jobs, in October. Job gains occurred in health care, in manufacturing, in construction, and in transportation and warehousing. The number of…
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Seasonal background check push set to begin

Every year, as we move through fall, many companies begin their seasonal hiring processes. From retail stores to restaurants to consumer delivery, a plethora of industries boost their employment levels during the holiday season. Given the short time-frame, however, many work in haste and cut corners. Seasonal positions are known for their quick hires and…
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New Orleans 'bans the box' for city contractors

The New Orleans City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that prevents city contractors from asking about potential hires’ criminal history on their job applications — a measure that extends an existing City Hall policy to people who want to work under employers with city contracts, cooperative endeavor grants or grant funding. Sponsored by Councilwoman Kristin…
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NAPBS 2018 highlights growing importance of international background checks

Earlier this month, background check professionals came together for the 2018 NAPBS Conference. If the conference is a litmus test for what to expect in employment screening in the coming months and years, one thing is clear: International background checks should be a priority for employers and screeners alike. Various sessions spoke about the topic of international background…
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Massachusetts modifies 'ban the box' laws

A provision in the Massachusetts criminal justice reform law that amends the state’s restrictions on the questions employers may ask a job applicant regarding the applicant’s criminal history during the hiring process has taken effect. The new restrictions, in effect as of October 13, 2018, include an adjusted limitation on asking about misdemeanor convictions and a…
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Is the 4-day work week coming?

A New Zealand firm that ran a pilot in which its employees worked four days a week, while being paid for five, says the experiment was so successful that it hoped to make the change permanent. The firm that ran the experiment, Perpetual Guardian, asked two researchers to study the effects on staff. Those independent…
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September 2018 employment: US adds 134,000 jobs

According to ‘The Employment Situation‘ report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 134,000 jobs, in September. The unemployment rate declined two percentage points to hit 3.7 percent as the number unemployed persons reduced slightly to 6 million. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks…
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