EBI's Screening News Network Blog

When I was little, I remember my parents searching through my Halloween candy, throwing away anything that wasn’t wrapped or looked odd.  For years working in TV news I told parents to check everything even get it x-rayed -- before letting their child dig in.  Back then the worries were based on urban legends about creepy people messing with the treats.

If you live in Colorado or Washington State, that boogie man might be real. Now that marijuana is legal in ALL its forms, police are warning parents in those areas that pot-infused candy looks a lot like the real thing. 

Today’s blog might come across as a bit of a rant, but sometimes the behavior of those in the public eye deserves just that. 

The subject of my ire is Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden.  It’s not news that kids of top elected officials have a harsh spotlight on them, and it’s not unheard of for them to get into trouble- even those who are fully grown and should know better.  But the trouble facing Hunter Biden could have, and should have, been avoided.

A few days ago we received an alert that the Colorado Affirmation form had been updated, and all employers dealing with that state needed to make sure they were using the new form as of October 1. I checked with our compliance department to see what this important change was so I could get the message out to our readers ASAPYou could be audited or even  fined if you miss this change.

Are you ready for the big change? 

Last month a cyber-attack compromised the personal information of thousands of employees at the Department of Homeland Security. Reports say it was a state-sponsored attack that put the personal information of tens of thousands of DHS employees at risk. Mistakes are an unavoidable part of life, but when it comes to your candidates’ information, you have a responsibility.  You can start fulfilling that responsibility by making sure you chose a screening firm that makes cyber-security a top priority.

Back in 2008, Massachusetts voters decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.  Four years later, the state became the 18th to legalize medical marijuana.  The Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative took effect on January 1, 2013.  The law allows for 35 state-licensed, non-profit dispensaries, but now the state says they will only allow up to 11.