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The ADA and Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana: Top 5 Pitfalls for Healthcare Employers

Healthcare employers in the state of Pennsylvania are finding themselves at a perilous intersection due to the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act (MMA), which lists 21 approved health conditions that also are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-qualifying disabilities. The Top 5 Pitfalls for healthcare employers at the crossroads of the ADA and MMA include 1: Vague definitions in the MMA, 2: Treating ...

Gabriela Wolfe on the Legal Implications of Marijuana Use in the Workplace

Despite demonstrating medical benefits for individuals suffering from medical conditions, marijuana remains a Schedule I substance, alongside heroin, LSD and ecstasy, under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). This federal statute doesn’t specifically address the use of marijuana in the workplace, but under the Drug-Free Workplace Act, many federal contractors and federally funded employers are required ...

Court Upholds Decision to Allow Post-Incident Drug and Alcohol Testing After Near-Miss

In a case of whether ATCO justifiably ordered drug and alcohol testing after a vehicle accident involving two of its employees, the court upheld its decision in favor of the employee, dismissing an application for judicial review of an Arbitration award. One of the employees involved in the accident tested positive for cannabis as part ...

The Many Pros and Fewer-Than-Expected Cons of Hiring Ex-Cons

The topic of hiring the 626,000 people released from prison every year in response to the 3.9 percent unemployment rate is sparking passionate debate in offices across the United States. With both positive and negative stories regarding the hiring of ex-cons, global background check and identity screening company InfoMart offers a few thoughts on the ...

84% Recruiters Expect Increased Hiring Activity: Naukri Hiring Outlook

A sample of 3,310 recruiters from across India took part in the Naukri Hiring Outlook survey, which revealed a positive hiring outlook for the coming six months. The study demonstrated that 84 percent of respondents are expecting an increase in hiring activity, a 20 percent increase in comparison to the outlook from July through December. ...

Australia and Chinese Taipei Join the APEC CBPR System

Australia and Chinese Taipei joined the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system in November, which is a regional multilateral cross-border transfer mechanism and an enforceable privacy code of conduct and certification developed for businesses by the 21 APEC member economies. The Attorney-General’s department in Australia said that it plans to work with both the Office ...

Singapore Tops Global Talent Rankings

The top three spots of the Global Talent Competitive Index (GTCI) have remained unchanged since last year, with Singapore leading in talent rankings, followed by Switzerland and the United States, respectively. New Zealand and Australia are the only other APAC nations to make the top 20. With a special focus on entrepreneurial talent, the report ...

What You Need to Know About Marijuana

In September, Tammy Cohen, PHR, SHRM-CP, discussed marijuana legalization, one of the most common news topics today. Considered a Schedule I drug since 1970, at the time of her column more than 30 states and the District of Columbia had legalized its use in some form. Attitudes continue to shift since the Controlled Substances Act ...

I-9 Self Audits

Burr Forman LLP recognizes the importance of properly completing Form I-9. In an effort to help prevent the consequences of noncompliance, the firm has offered key guidelines to a successful audit outcome. These include: Review all I-9 forms or a representative sample selected on a non-discriminatory grounds to determine I-9 opportunities and correction areas, ...

Ban the Box Turns 20: What Employers Need to Know

It’s hard to believe that the ban the box movement began 20 years ago, when Hawaii passed a law restricting employers form considering candidates’ criminal history until a job offer had been made. Since then, similar laws have been enacted in 33 states and more than 150 cities and counties. Many HR professionals have found ...