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SCORE Act Aims to Improve How Government Conducts Background Checks for Security Clearances

A bipartisan group of Senators has introduced legislation – the Security Clearance Oversight and Reform Enhancement (SCORE) Act – to increase oversight as to how the United States government conducts background investigations and awards security clearances. The SCORE Act would also hold government employees and contractors more accountable for falsifying background investigations. A copy of the SCORE Act is available at http://www.scribd.com/doc/152980145/Tester-s-bipartisan-SCORE-Act. Continue reading

Altegrity Looking to Sell Background Check Division HireRight for Up to One Billion Dollars

Altegrity Inc. is looking to sell its HireRight division – which provides background checks for private-sector employers – for a price of up to $1 billion, according to a report from Reuters available at http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/02/us-providence-altegrity-idUSBRE9610TB20130702. Continue reading

June 2013 Employment Situation Report from Bureau of Labor Statistics Shows Gain of 195000 Jobs

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 195,000 jobs in June 2013 while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons remained unchanged at 7.6 percent and 11.8 million respectively, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JUNE 2013’ report released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The June 2013 Employment Situation Report is available until the next report is released at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf. Continue reading

New Indiana Law Allowing Expungement of Old Criminal Records Takes Effect July 1

A new law in Indiana that takes effect July 1, 2013 – Indiana House Enrolled Act No. 1482 – will allow state residents to have certain old criminal records “expunged” or erased by the courts and could create job opportunities for ex-offenders. Signed into law by Governor Mike Pence in May 2013, this “second chance” law applies to both employers based in Indiana and those who hire workers in the state. The full text of the new law is available at http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2013/HE/HE1482.1.html. Continue reading

Company Responsible for Screening Edward Snowden Investigated for Alleged Inadequate Background Checks

The private contractor responsible for the security clearance screening of Edward Snowden – who later leaked classified documents to the media that revealed a secret surveillance program by the National Security Agency (NSA) – is under investigation by the federal government for allegedly conducting inadequate background checks, according to a report by The Charlotte Observer. The full story is available at http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/06/20/4119462/contractor-responsible-for-snowdens.html. Continue reading

EEOC Chair Says Criminal Background Checks by Employers Not Banned

In a letter to the Wall Street Journal responding to the June 15, 2013 article ‘Banning Background Checks,’ Jacqueline A. Berrien, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), denied the article’s suggestion that the EEOC believes criminal background checks by employers are “racist” and that the agency wants to ban the practice. The letter to the Wall Street Journal from Chair Berrien is available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323893504578555722405188406.html. Continue reading

Employee Theft Rising as Dishonest Employees Steal More Profits from US Retailers

A study of 23 large retail companies found that 71,095 dishonest employees were apprehended for employee theft in 2012, up 5.5 percent from 2011, while more than $50 million was recovered in those cases, up 7 percent from 2011, according to the 25th Annual Retail Theft Survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes International. The survey, which also found that poor employment screening contributed to the rise in employee theft, is available at http://hayesinternational.com/news/annual-retail-theft-survey/. Continue reading

Social Media Password Privacy Laws Passed in Several US States in Recent Months

Legislation has been introduced or is pending in at least 36 states so far in 2013 to prevent employers from requesting usernames and passwords to social media websites and personal Internet accounts of employees and job applicants, according the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Eight states – Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington – have enacted such legislation in 2013. A current list of all social media password privacy legislation is available at http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/telecom/employer-access-to-social-media-passwords-2013.aspx. Continue reading

New Texas Law Protects Employers Performing Background Checks and Encourages Employment of Ex-Offenders

A new law in Texas – H.B. 1188 – signed by Governor Rick Perry on June 14, 2013 will amend the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code so that “a cause of action may not be brought against an employer, general contractor, premises owner, or other third party solely for negligently hiring or failing to adequately supervise an employee, based on evidence that the employee has been convicted of an offense.” More information about Texas H.B. 1188, which will become effective on September 1, 2013, is available at http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB1188. Continue reading

Ten Dollar Public Court Record Search Fee Defeated in California Legislature

A proposal put forward by the a trailer bill written by the California Administrative Office of the Courts from a trailer bill that would have resulted in a $10 charge per file to look at court records has been defeated in the California Legislature, according to a report on the Courthouse News Service website. The story about the defeated fee proposal, which would have significantly limited press and public access to court documents, is available at http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/06/12/58458.htm. Continue reading