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New Pennsylvania Law Requires E-Verify Use for State Public Works Contractors and Subcontractors

A bill recently signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett – Act No. 127 (formerly Senate Bill 637), The Public Works Employment Verification Act – requires all public works contractors and subcontractors with the state to enroll in and use the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system to verify the legal work authorization status of newly hired employees in the United States.  The text of the new legislation, which will take effect January 1, 2013, is available here: The Public Works Employment Verification Act. Continue reading

California Background Check Laws Examined at Annual San Francisco HR Star Conference on July 18

To help Human Resources professionals stay in compliance with new laws regulating background checks in California, Jared Callahan, Director of Business Development for San Francisco-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and a licensed Private Investigator, will present the session “How to Comply with California’s Two New Laws Regarding Background Checks” at the annual San Francisco HR Star Conference on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. For more information about the one day conference, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time at the South San Francisco Conference Center in South San Francisco, CA, visit: http://www.hrstarconference.com/sf/. Continue reading

New Indiana Law Restricts Criminal History Information Reported in Background Checks Starting July 1

Starting July 1, 2012, new legislation in Indiana – House Bill 1033 (HB 1033) – restricts criminal history reporting in background checks by prohibiting certain pre-employment inquiries, restricting the types of criminal history information that employers and background check report providers – also known as “Consumer Reporting Agencies” (CRAs) – can obtain from Indiana state court clerks, and restricting the types of criminal history information that CRAs can report to employers in background check reports. The full text of Indiana House Bill 1033 is available at: http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2012/HE/HE1033.1.html. Continue reading

California Bill to Prohibit Cities and Counties from Asking about Criminal History on Job Applications Fails

A California Assembly bill – AB 1831 – that would have prohibited cities and counties in the state from requesting criminal background information on initial job applications failed when the Senate Governance and Finance Committee decided not to extend similar restrictions on criminal record inquiries California adopted for state employees in 2010 to local governments, the Sacramento Bee reports. Introduced by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) to help job seekers with a criminal history compete fairly with other applicants, AB 1831 would have allowed local governments to run background checks after finding the job applicant initially qualified. The text of the bill, which Dickinson said he will try to re-introduce next year, is available here: California Assembly Bill 1831. Continue reading

Vermont to Prohibit Employers from Using Credit Reports for Employment Decisions Starting July 1

Continuing the trend of states stopping employers from routinely obtaining credit reports on applicants and employees to use in making employment decisions, Vermont Act No. 154 (S. 95) prohibits employers in the state, subject to various exceptions, from using or inquiring into credit reports or credit histories of job applicants and employees in the employment context and further prohibits discriminating against individuals based on their credit information. Vermont is the eighth state to restrict the use of credit reports by employers, joining California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington. The text of the new law, which goes into effect July 1, 2012, is available at: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Passed/S-095.pdf. Continue reading

Law Requiring Criminal Background Checks for Bus Drivers Called For Following NTSB Report on Fatal NY Crash

New York State Transportation Committee Chairman Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) has called on the New York State Assembly to pass legislation (S5171B) that would require criminal background checks for bus drivers following a new National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report that examined a tragic March 12, 2011 bus crash in Bronx, NY which killed 15 people and recommended more comprehensive driver history checks of bus drivers, according to a press release posted by Fuschillo on his official website. A synopsis of the NTSB report, including a complete list of the safety recommendations, is available at http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2012/new_york_ny/index.html. Continue reading

Massachusetts CORI Reform Law Effective May 4 2012

The Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) has launched a new Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) request service online called ‘iCORI’ that will allow individuals and organizations to request and obtain Massachusetts criminal offender record information over the Internet. For more information about iCORI, one of the main provisions of the new CORI Reform law that took effect on May 4, 2012, visit the DCJIS web page at: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/dcjis/. Continue reading

Illinois Internet Dating Safety Act Requiring Disclosure of Background Check Policy Heads to Governor

Legislation in Illinois – Senate Bill 2545 (SB 2545) – that would create the “Internet Dating Safety Act” requiring Internet dating websites offering services in Illinois to disclose if they conduct criminal background checks on all their members or post warnings online that they do not conduct criminal background checks has passed both the House and Senate and now heads to Governor Pat Quinn to sign. Introduced by State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago), the full text of the bill is available here: (SB 2545) “Internet Dating Safety Act”. Continue reading

California Bill SB 1384 Would Authorize Consumers to Place Security Freezes on Consumer Reports

While existing law allows California consumers to place security freezes on their credit files maintained by the three major credit reporting agencies Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, new legislation – Senate Bill 1384 (SB 1384) ‘Consumer Reporting Agencies Act’ – would authorize consumers to place similar security freezes on certain other consumer reports containing private financial information. Introduced by State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), SB 1384 defines a “nationwide specialty consumer reporting agency” and “consumer file” for purposes of California law and authorizes consumers to place security freezes on consumer files compiled and maintained by nationwide specialty consumer reporting agencies. The full text of the bill is here: California SB 1384. Continue reading

Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information CORI Reform Law Provisions Take Effect May 4

On May 4, 2012, many of the new provisions of the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Reform Law, Chapter 256 of the Acts of 2010 signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in August of 2010 will take effect. Commonly known as ‘CORI Reform,’ the law changes who will have authorized access to CORI and how CORI will be accessed.  As a result of the CORI Reform, the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) will replace the existing CORI system with a new secure, web-based system called ‘iCORI’ that should be available on May 7, 2012. Continue reading