Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed a bill – H4307, “An Act Relative to Background Checks” – that closes an existing criminal history background checks loophole by authorizing the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and school districts to conduct national fingerprint-based criminal history background checks on all teachers, school employees, and early education …Continue reading "Massachusetts Authorizes National Fingerprint Based Criminal Background Checks on All Teachers and School Employees"
Proposed legislation in New York for an “Elder Care Facility Sex Offender Law” would require senior care facilities to conduct criminal background checks for all employees using the state’s sex offender registry to prevent registered sex offenders from gaining employment. More information about the proposed bill from New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) and …Continue reading "New York Elder Care Facility Sex Offender Law would Require Background Checks of Senior Caregivers"
For the last day of the year, nationwide accredited background check provider Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – http://www.esrcheck.com – has chosen the following ‘Top 20 Stories for Background Check Screening for 2012’ from the ESR News blog at http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/. Here are the top 20 stories for 2012 from ESR in order of the date posted:Continue reading "Top 20 Stories for Background Check Screening for 2012 from Employment Screening Resources"
On January 1, 2013, new E-Verify laws will take effect in Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee requiring many private employers to register for and begin using the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system. This trend of states making their own laws for E-verify, an internet-based program that compares information from Form I-9s to …Continue reading "New E-Verify State Laws for 2013 Will Add to Already Confusing Patchwork of Regulations for Employers"
Effective November 29, 2012, all mobile application developers with “apps” available in California must be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act, according to a press release issued by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris on October 30, 2012. The Attorney General formally notified up to 100 mobile app developers with ‘Notice of Non-Compliance with …Continue reading "Mobile App Developers Must Comply with California Online Privacy Protection Act by November 29"
A federal judge has temporarily blocked implementation of California Proposition 35, Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act (“CASE ACT”), a new law overwhelmingly approved by 81 percent of voters on Election Day that contains a requirement for the state’s approximately 73,000 registered sex offenders to disclose online screen names and Internet service providers to law enforcement. …Continue reading "California Proposition 35 Requiring Sex Offenders to Disclose Internet Information Temporarily Blocked by Judge"
Legislation legalizing recreational marijuana use that passed in two states on Election Day November 6, 2012 – Colorado Amendment 64 and Washington Initiative 502 – would legalize and regulate production, possession, and distribution of marijuana for persons age 21 and older and could affect drug testing by employers in the workplace, according to the eNewsletter …Continue reading "Marijuana Legalization Legislation Passed in Colorado and Washington Could Affect Workplace Drug Testing"
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has sent a letter of opposition to Michigan Statehouse leadership strongly urging the defeat of Senate Bill 1291 (SB 1291) and Senate Bill 1292 (SB 1292), the “Internet Protocol-Enabled Premises Security, Monitoring, and Control Act” and amendments to “Private Security Business and Security Alarm Act.” According to the SIA letter, …Continue reading "Security Industry Association Sends Letter of Opposition to Michigan Senate Bills that Weaken Background Checks"
Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar titled ‘Background Checks in California: Know the Rules of the Road Before Getting on the Freeway’ with HR Hero® on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To …Continue reading "California Background Checks Discussed by Safe Hiring Expert in Live Webinar on November 14"
On September 27, 2012, California Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. announced that he had signed Assembly Bill 1844 (AB 1844) to increase privacy protections for social media users in the state by prohibiting employers from demanding usernames, passwords, and information related to social media accounts such as Facebook from employees and job applicants. The …Continue reading "California Social Media Privacy Law AB 1844 Prohibits Employers from Demanding Usernames and Passwords from Applicants and Employees"