Accreditation Program for Employment Background Screening Agencies Helps Promote Consumer Protection and Client Education

An accreditation program for background screening agencies created by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – a nonprofit trade association representing the background screening industry founded in 2003 – is helping to promote ethical business practices and establish standards for background screening firms performing employment background checks in the following areas: consumer protection, legal …

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US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fines Several New England Companies for Hiring Illegal Workers

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – has fined 14 New England employers during this fiscal year for various violations that enabled companies to hire illegal workers, according to a news release from ICE. The fines in the New England region, which …

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Holds Meeting on Use of Criminal Records for Employment Screening Background Checks

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency of the United States Government that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – held a meeting Tuesday, July 26, 2011 focusing on the use of criminal records by employers for employment screening background checks, according to the EEOC press release ‘Striking the Balance Between Workplace Fairness …

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North Carolina Passes Law Phasing In Mandatory Use of E-Verify by Employers

North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue has signed into law the requirement that cities, counties, and businesses in the state employing 25 workers or more use E-Verify, an internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to verify the employment eligibility of their newly …

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New White Paper Examines Accuracy of Instant Background Checks Offered by Phone Apps and Websites

According to a new white paper – ‘Background Check Mobile Phone Apps and Instant Background Check Web Sites: Fast and Easy, But Are They Accurate?’ – users of mobile phone apps and Web sites offering so-called “instant” background checks should be aware that while these services are cheap and easy to use, they may not …

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New Connecticut Law Restricts Use of Credit Reports in Employment and Hiring Decisions Effective October 1

Effective October 1, 2011, a new law in Connecticut – Senate Bill No. 361 (S.B. 361) – signed by Governor Dannel Malloy will prohibit certain employers from using credit reports in making hiring and employment decisions regarding existing employees or job applicants. The law applies to all employers in Connecticut with at least one employee. …

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Federal Trade Commission Issues Staff Report on Fair Credit Reporting Act Controlling Employment Background Checks

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a staff report that compiles and updates the agency’s guidance on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the 1970 law designed to protect the privacy of credit report information and ensure that the information supplied by credit reporting agencies (CRAs) is as accurate as possible. The July 2011 …

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Severe Layoffs in San Francisco Courts May Cause Long Delays to Obtain Court Records

With two hundred San Francisco Superior Court employees – more than 40 percent of the staff – due to be laid off September 30 because of a lack of state funding, the Court’s presiding judge said in a news conference that reduced office hours for court clerks will make obtaining information more difficult and it …

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Story Serves as Cautionary Tale Showing Why Caregivers of the Elderly Need Background Checks

A recent news story from ‘The Oregonian’ described as “a cautionary tale for baby boomers needing help with their aging parents” shows why background checks are a good idea when hiring caregivers for the elderly. In the story – ‘Oregon couple finds caregiver they hired to take care of elderly mom had criminal record’ – …

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San Francisco Considers Making Job Applicants with Criminal Records a Protected Class when Seeking Employment

The City and County of San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC) will host a public forum on the use of criminal history by employers for employment screening on Monday, July 25, 2011 to consider enacting limitations on the use of criminal records by making job applicants with criminal pasts – excluding sex offenders and those convicted of …

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