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NC Governor Cooper “Bans the Box” for State Jobs

Effective Nov. 1st, 2020, candidates for most state jobs in North Carolina will no longer be required to disclose criminal convictions on their employment applications. Governor Cooper’s executive order will ban most state agencies from asking about an applicant’s criminal record until the person has received an interview. This is being done to ensure that

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ICE Extends I-9 Compliance Flexibility, No More Extensions for Employers to Respond to NOIs Served in March

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have extended the I-9 requirement flexibility accommodations that were issued in March until August 19. Also, ICE announced that no additional extensions will be granted to employers who were served Notices of Inspection (NOIs) by ICE during March 2020. As mentioned in

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Virginia “Bans the Box” for Marijuana Disclosures on Employment Applications

Effective July 1, 2020, employers in Virginia will be barred from requiring job applicants to disclose information regarding an arrest, criminal charge, or conviction for simple possession of marijuana. This recent update is a result of simple possession of marijuana being decriminalized in May. Employers located in Virginia should review their current screening policies and

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DHS Extends Form I-9 Requirement Flexibility

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have extended the I-9 requirement flexibility accommodations that were issued in March until July 19. As mentioned in our previous article, DHS is allowing employers that have implemented physical proximity policies due to Covid-19 to verify an employee’s identity documents remotely. E-Verify

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CRC is Offering Mobile Fingerprinting for NC Organizations

In response to Law Enforcement agencies in North Carolina suspending fingerprint collection services due to COVID-19, CRC is offering a mobile fingerprinting option for employers that are seeking an alternative. This allows local businesses and government agencies to continue fulfilling their fingerprinting requirements during the pandemic.  Interested parties can simply reach out to CRC’s business

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New York City Bans Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing

As of 05/10/2020, employers in New York City are barred from conducting pre-employment drug testing for the presence of marijuana in non-safety sensitive positions. This law will apply to all types of currently acceptable drug screening methods: urinalysis, hair, blood, and saliva. The only positions that are exempt from this law will be safety sensitive

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DHS Issues I-9 Rule Change During COVID-19

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issue a notice that it would be flexible regarding I-9 form and document verification during COVID-19. While this is meant to ease the burden on employers, it’s important to note that there are specific rules that need to be followed to remain in compliance. Normally, the DHS’ policy

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World Health Day – Thank You From CRC

On behalf of everyone at CRC, we’d like to say thank you to the nurses and healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. As today is World Health Day, it’s the perfect opportunity for all of us to support nurses and midwives and reflect on the diligent, high quality care they provide

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Fingerprint Background Check Providers Suspending Services Due to COVID-19

Many Law Enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada are beginning to suspend services such as fingerprint collection and background checks for employment purposes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employers and non-profits that rely on fingerprint checks for hiring purposes in areas where these services are suspended will experience indefinite delays. While these

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A New Version of the Form I-9 is Available!

On Jan. 31, USCIS published a Form I-9 Federal Register notice announcing a new edition of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. If you are an employer, you may use the 07/17/2017 edition through April 30. Starting May 1, you can only use the new form with the 10/21/2019 edition date. The edition date is located

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Ex-Jacksonville Jaguars Contractor Had Failed to Register as a Sex Offender

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A former operator of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Jumbotron was recently arrested for possession of child pornography and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. The arrest occurred during an investigation into how the contractor had hacked the jumbotron to cause system outages. It was later revealed that the contractor had been previously convicted of

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Woman Sues Employer and Background Screener Over Mix-Up that Turned Life ‘Upside Down’

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A Florida woman is struggling after a mix up with her employers’ background screening process allegedly resulted in her losing her home, her vehicle, and her children. She shares the same name and date of birth as a violent offender in Pennsylvania. The employee notes that this case of mistaken identity has happened before with

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Newspaper’s Hiring of a Convicted Sex Offender Raises Questions About Ban the Box Compliance

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A newspaper in New Mexico hired a convicted sex offender to report on local schools. When it was reported that the employee was on the sex offender registry, the paper stated that he had failed to self-disclose that information. The employer then pointed to New Mexico’s recent passing of ban the box regulations to explain

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Nevada Passes Law Banning Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing

Effective January 1, 2020, employers will be barred from conducting pre-employment drug testing for marijuana in the state of Nevada. Nevada is the first state to enact a law that will restrict employers from utilizing a positive marijuana drug test for employment screening purposes. The law states that it “is unlawful for any employer in

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US Navy Expands Drug Screening Policies Due to Alarming Synthetic Opioid Statistics

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Effective immediately, the U.S. Navy will start testing all drug screening urine samples for Fentanyl, a highly addictive synthetic opioid. The expanded screening initiative is due to alarming data issued by the CDC’s National Vital Statistics Report on March 21, 2019. The announcement, which you can read by clicking here, states that overdose deaths due

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