Screening News Update: December 11th, 2020

Screening News Update: December 11th, 2020

By Jennifer Gladstone

Facebook is accused of going around Americans to hire foreign workers, while lawmakers in New Jersey figure out a compromise to get legal marijuana up and running, and the House of Representatives takes an historic vote. It’s all in today’s EBI Screening News Update.

Facebook Sued for Discriminating Against American Workers

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is suing Facebook for alleged discrimination against American workers. According to the lawsuit, the company didn’t properly advertise more than 2,500 jobs and offered the high-paying positions to foreign workers without even looking at applications from U.S. citizens.

According to federal law, employers must show that there are no qualified U.S. workers to fill the role before they offer the position to temporary foreign workers. According to the DOJ, Facebook intentionally created a hiring system that, “denied qualified U.S. workers a fair opportunity to learn about and apply for jobs that Facebook instead sought to channel to temporary visa holders Facebook wanted to sponsor for green cards.”

The lawsuit comes after a 2-year investigation. Facebook officials dispute the allegations.

New Jersey Marijuana Compromise

Last week we told you that lawmakers in New Jersey were up against a New Year’s Day deadline to figure out how to legalize marijuana in their state. On Election Day, voters chose to amend the state constitution to make recreational marijuana legal for anyone over the age of 21, but lawmakers kept butting heads on how to actually make it happen.

Now, legislative leaders and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy say there is finally a compromise. Some of the newly agreed upon details include a limit of 37 cultivators licenses in the first two years, and 70% of the sales tax and grower tax revenue will be earmarked for mentoring, legal aid, and healthcare programs for communities hit hard by the war on drugs.

The sticking point of lessening the penalties for “magic mushrooms” was removed from this bill in order to get a consensus.

Legalization is expected to generate nearly a billion dollars over the next 3 years.

Lawmakers are expected to vote on the new bill on December 17th.

U.S. House Votes on Marijuana for the First Time

New Jersey isn’t the only place trying to move marijuana into the mainstream. Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act.

This is the first marijuana legalization bill to ever get a vote in Congress. The bi-partisan legislation would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and put states completely in charge of how they want to regulate the drug.

Since marijuana would no longer be considered illegal at the federal level, passage would open up things like banking opportunities that are still out of reach for most in the industry.

The bill, which experts see as mostly symbolic, now heads to the Senate. If it passes, it will effectively decriminalize the drug on the federal level. However, passage is unlikely unless the balance of power shifts from Republican to Democratic control in the Senate.

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Jennifer Gladstone

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.

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