Legislative Alert – Screening News Update October 23, 2014

Jennifer Gladstone




 Screening News Update – October 23, 2014. This Screening News Update Legislative alert contains BOTH a text and a video version.

No More Free Ride in Maine

The state of Maine now requires food stamp users to have a job, and some welfare recipients will have to undergo drug testing in order to keep their benefits.

Governor Paul LePage (R) says his state must make sure its resources go to those who need it most, while at the same time, encouraging recipients to become more self-sufficient.

Starting this month, anyone between the ages of 18 and 49 who receives food stamps must work at least 20-hours a week or participate in a work-training program. Additionally, regular drug testing will be required for anyone with a prior drug conviction as a condition of continued receipt of welfare benefits.

No More “Do as I Say, Not as I Do” For the EEOC?

Both Dollar General and BMW want the EEOC to hand over information about how it uses background screening in its own hiring.  The EEOC filed a suit against both companies claiming there was a gross disparity in how many black conditional employees were discharged because of their criminal history.

According to Dollar General, after ten years of investigation and litigation, the EEOC has not provided any analysis or proof of the allegations.

Both companies have asked to see how the EEOC uses background checks and criminal history in its hiring decisions. 

The Commission’s lawyers argued that their hiring procedures are irrelevant, Dollar General says they are. Now a judge will decide.

New E-Verify Service Helps Protect Workers

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unveils a new service called myE-Verify. The website is designed to help potential employees check their I-9 status so they can fix any problems before they hurt their job search.  

The secure service is available to anyone over the age of 16, and allows you to check the same E-Verify database as potential employers.

Marijuana Updates

Keeping employers up to date on the latest changes in marijuana law is a top priority for EBI. Here’s a quick run-down of some of the recent changes…

New legislation is now in effect in Maryland reducing marijuana possession penalties to a non-criminal offense. Penalties for possession of less than 10 grams of pot drop to $100 for the first offense, $250 for the second, with no jail time.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed an ordinance to decriminalize the possession and use of up to 30 grams in his city.   Non-violent offenders will not be arrested. They will be fined just $25 dollars for possession and $100 or up to 9 hours of community service for using in public. These new rules go into effect on October 20th.


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Jennifer Gladstone

Posted By: Jennifer Gladstone

Jennifer Gladstone is a news anchor and journalist with more than 20 years of experience in front of the camera. She's worked in several markets, large and small, and has performed nearly every task needed in a newsroom. As EBI’s Screening News Editor, she keeps EBI’s customers and blog subscribers up to date on the latest screening news and legislative alerts affecting companies of all sizes.