Legislative Alert - December 11, 2015: Hackers, Cannabis & Ban the Box

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Legislative Alert - December 11, 2015: Hackers, Cannabis & Ban the Box

Screening News Update - December 11,  2015

  • Chinese Hackers Behind the OPM Breach
  • Presidential Candidate Wants to Reclassify Cannabis
  • More Ban the Box

Legislative Alert for Background Screening Industry

Chinese Hackers Behind the OPM Breach

Two data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) caused more than 22-million current and former federal employees to have their personal information compromised. The Chinese were suspected from the beginning, and now the Chinese government claims it has arrested the hackers responsible. The arrests happened shortly before China’s President, Xi Jinping, visited the U.S. in September. U.S. officials say it is difficult to confirm if the people arrested were actually connected with the OPM breach. The Washington Post quotes an anonymous U.S. official questioning whether these people are guilty because of the “history [in China] of people getting arrested for things they didn’t do or other ‘crimes against the state.”

Presidential Candidate Wants to Reclassify Cannabis

During a campaign stop in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton proposed changing cannabis from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug. Clinton says the reason for the change would be to spur research. As a Schedule II drug, marijuana could be used for research at universities and national institutes of health. Clinton stopped short of endorsing full legalization of marijuana saying she wants to see how things work in Colorado and Washington before supporting any federal changes.

More Ban the Box

In November, the Metro Civil Service Commission of Nashville voted unanimously to ban the box on all city and county job applications. Advocates for the ordinance collected nearly 10,000 signatures. At this point contractors do not have to comply. Portland, Oregon’s City Council made a similar decision just a few days later. The Portland ordinance prevents employers from asking applicants about their criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment is made. Portland’s plan is much more in-depth than many of the other ordinances because it outlines exactly how employers will be required to handle any adverse information that comes up on background checks when they are finally completed.

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