Legislative Alert – January 15, 2016: Inaccurate Background Check Costs Company $700K

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Legislative Alert – January 15, 2016: Inaccurate Background Check Costs Company $700K


Screening News Update

  • Using Social Media for Background Checks?
  • Inaccurate Background Check Costs Company Over $700K
  • Medical Marijuana for New Yorkers... Finally
  • Medical Marijuana for NFLers?




Using Social Media for Background Checks?

In the wake of the San Bernardino terror attack last month, people were stunned to discover that one of the attackers received a visa to enter the country even though she was blatantly posting about a violent jihad on Facebook. Now, new protocols are being considered that would allow the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to add social media checks to all visa reviews. The House Judiciary Committee is also looking into legislation to reform the visa screening process.

Inaccurate Background Check Costs Company Over $700K

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against the parent company of Calvin Klein, Izod, G.H. Bass and Van Heusen. Luiz Rodriguez filed the claim after being denied a job because of an incorrect background check. His report came back with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges that belonged to someone else, but he was not given a copy of the report, or a chance to put things right, until after he was denied the position. After getting the report corrected he went back to the company, but the job has already been given to someone else. The company did not admit any wrongdoing, but agreed to pay more than $700,000 dollars to avoid a trial.

Medical Marijuana for New Yorkers... Finally

It took a year and a half, but now some New Yorkers will have access to legal medical marijuana. The medical marijuana program went live on January 7th, but before the program even gets off the ground, critics say there is no way it will work. Their complaints include the fact that only 20 dispensaries were approved in the entire state- supporters say that is woefully insufficient. Those dispensaries are only allowed to carry 5 different varieties of marijuana, and doctors must pay for and complete an on-line course in order to be allowed to prescribe the drug. So far, 150 doctors have done so. Critics say the restrictions will drive patients to more addictive opiate drugs.

Medical Marijuana for NFLers?

Marijuana, in any form, is on the list of prohibited substances for the NFL and all players are tested during the pre-season to make sure they have not been using. But now, two former players are fighting to make medical marijuana a legal option for players who get hit by the equivalent of several trucks every weekend. Nate Jackson and Kyle Turley say as many as 90% of players end up abusing prescription pain killers during or after their careers. Both tell stories of drug cocktails that left them with horrible side effects without alleviating the pain. In 2014 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he would be open to the idea of medical marijuana if the NFL medical experts ever endorsed it... so far they have not.

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