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

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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 make the appropriate adjustments to stay in compliance. It should be noted that Virginia employers are subject to criminal penalties including fines and possible jail time if they willfully violate the new law. CRC will monitor this trend and post updates as they occur. If you have any questions about your current drug testing policies or you’re in the market to work with a accredited background screening agency, please reach out to CRC’s Business Development team and they’ll be happy to assist.


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DHS Extends Form I-9 Requirement Flexibility

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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 participants who meet the criteria and choose the remote inspection option should continue to follow current guidance and create cases for their new hires within three business days from the date of hire.

As a reminder, if you’re an employer that utilizes CRC’s online I-9 form documentation service, you can utilize additional features we’ve made to help reduce the burden of organizing and tracking this update. We’ve added a checkbox in the top of section 2 titled “Operating remotely physical inspection delay COVID-19.” Checking this box will allow the employer to upload a copy of the documents. Once normal operations resume, customers are notified to complete their physical inspections and mark them as complete on their forms.

If you have any questions about the DHS’ announcement or CRC’s I-9 fulfillment, please reach out to our Sales team.


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DHS Issues I-9 Rule Change During COVID-19

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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 is that employers are required to verify an employee’s identification and their authorization documents in their physical presence. With the outbreak of COVID-19 making this practice difficult, DHS is allowing employers that have implemented physical proximity policies to verify identity documents remotely.

This measure does not relieve the employer of their obligation to verify documentation in the employees’ physical presence though; employers will still need to fulfill the normal requirement for all employees verified remotely once normal operations resume. When this occurs, employers should enter “COVID-19” as the reason for the delay under the Section 2 Additional information field.

If you’re an employer that utilizes CRC’s online I-9 form documentation service, you can utilize additional features we’ve made to help reduce the burden of organizing and tracking this update. We’ve added a checkbox in the top of section 2 titled “Operating remotely physical inspection delay COVID-19.” Checking this box will allow the employer to upload a copy of the documents. Once normal operations resume, customers are notified to complete their physical inspections and mark them as complete on their forms.

If you have any questions about the DHS’ announcement or CRC’s I-9 fulfillment, please reach out to our Sales team.


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World Health Day – Thank You From CRC

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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 each and every day to keep our communities healthy.

If you’d like to learn more about the WHO’s World Health Day and what you can do to get involved, you can do so by clicking the link below.

https://www.who.int/news-room/campaigns/world-health-day/world-health-day-2020


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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 a 1998 sexual offense involving a child and had failed to register as a sex offender upon moving to Florida.

This instance demonstrates that employers should not only properly vet all employees, but also contractors or other third parties that have access to their facilities, clients and workforce. Having established policies that detail how contractors are screened can help to mitigate your hiring risk. If relying on staffing companies, employers should be knowledgeable of their staffing company’s background screening policies and procedures, as well as the scope of their background check.  Since not all background checks provide the same comprehensive scope, convictions from outside of the standard 7 year reporting timeframe are often overlooked. Issues such as this are avoidable and HR teams can mitigate their risk by partnering with a background screener that can meet their reporting requirements.

Please feel free to reach out to CRC’s Sales team at (877) 272-0266 if you have any questions or concerns about your current process!