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Maryland Passes First Law Prohibiting Employers from Asking Employees and Job Applicants for Social Media Passwords

The state of Maryland has passed the first law in the nation to prohibit employers from asking employees and job applicants for social media passwords. Both Houses of the Maryland General Assembly have approved identical versions of a social media privacy protection bill – Senate Bill 433 (SB 433)/House Bill 964 (HB 964) – that prohibits employers from requesting or requiring employees or job applicants to disclose their user names or passwords to social media websites such as Facebook and other personal Internet sites and Web-based accounts as a condition of employment. (Update: Maryland Governor Officially Signs Facebook Password Law). Continue reading

Federal and California Background Screening Laws Examined as Safe Hiring Webinar Series Concludes April 4

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webinar ‘Caution Advised: Complying with Federal and California Law for Pre-employment Screening and How to Avoid Pitfalls and Traps’ on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST. The webinar is the last of four sessions in ‘A Guide to the Essentials of Safe Hiring eProgram Series’ presented for the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA). For more information, visit: https://m360.nchra.org/event.aspx?eventID=38882&instance=0. Continue reading

Alabama E-Verify Law Requiring Businesses to Enroll in E-Verify by April 1 No April Fools Joke

All businesses in Alabama must enroll in the federal E-Verify employment eligibility verification system by April 1, 2012, and this is no April Fools’ Joke. According to ‘The Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act’ (H.B. 56), considered by many to be the toughest immigration enforcement measure in the country to date, every Alabama business – regardless of size – must enroll in E-Verify by the April 1 deadline to be in compliance with the law or else they could lose their licenses for failing to abide by the law. The full text of Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act is at: http://www.openbama.org/index.php/bill/fulltext/3154. Continue reading

Internet Dating Safety Act Requiring Online Dating Sites to Disclose Background Check Policy Passes Illinois Senate

The Illinois Senate has passed legislation – Senate Bill 2545 (SB 2545) – that would create the ‘Internet Dating Safety Act’ requiring online dating websites offering services in Illinois to clearly disclose if they perform criminal background checks on members, according to a press release on the website of the bill’s sponsor Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago). SB 2545, which passed in the Senate 42 to 9, will next move to the House, where a similar bill has won committee approval. The full text of SB 2545 is available here. Continue reading

Colorado Bill Restricting Credit Report Checks of Job Applicants for Employment Screening Defeated

A State House committee in Colorado has voted to defeat legislation – SB-3, The ‘Employment Opportunity Act’ – that would have restricted the use of credit report checks of job applicants by employers for employment screening, The Denver Post reports, and the vote against SB-3 “ran along party lines with six Republicans voting against five Democrats on the committee.” The full Post story is at: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20208956/house-panel-kills-bill-stop-credit-check-job. Continue reading

California Supreme Court Rules Schools Liable for Sexually Abusive Teachers

In a ruling that will make school sex abuse lawsuits easier for California parents and students to file, the California Supreme Court has ruled that school districts can be held “vicariously liable” for the negligent hiring, retention, and supervision of employees who are prone to sexually abusing students. California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar wrote the unanimous Supreme Court opinion for the case ‘C.A. a Minor, etc. v. WILLIAM S. HART UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT et al.’ that is available at: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/S188982.PDF. Continue reading

New California Background Check Laws Explained in Webinar on March 20

To help Human Resources professionals understand new California background check laws, Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live interactive HR Hero webinar titled ‘Background Checks in California: Recently Passed Legislation, How to Legally Use Credit Inquires, and More’ on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific). To register for the program – which has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), visit: http://store.hrhero.com/events/audio-conferences-webinars/ca-background-checking. Continue reading

Illinois Bill would Require Online Dating Sites to Disclose if They Conduct Criminal Background Checks

Legislation under consideration in Illinois – House Bill 4083 (HB 4083) ‘INTERNET DATING SAFETY ACT’ – would require online dating sites to clearly and conspicuously disclose to all Illinois members if they conduct criminal background checks. Introduced by State Representative Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg), HB 4083 would also require Internet dating services to provide a safety awareness notification to all Illinois members of safer dating practices. The full text of HB 4083 is available here. Continue reading

Illinois Bill Would Bar Employers from Asking Job Applicants for Social Media Passwords during Background Checks

A bill – Illinois H.B. 3782 – originally introduced last spring and recently taken up by the Illinois legislature’s Labor Committee would amend the state’s ‘Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act’ to bar employers from asking prospective employees for their usernames or passwords to their social media profiles on sites like Facebook or Twitter. Introduced by State Representative La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), H.B. 3782 would make it illegal for employers to gain total access to social media sites of job applicant’s during the hiring process. The full text of Illinois H.B. 3782 is available here. Continue reading

California Assembly Bill 1831 would Prohibit Local Governments from Asking about Criminal History on Initial Job Applications

A new piece of California legislature – Assembly Bill No. 1831 (AB 1831) – would prohibit local governments in the state “from inquiring into or considering the criminal history of an applicant or including any inquiry about criminal history on any initial employment application.” AB 1831 would only authorize a local government to consider the criminal history of a job applicant “after the applicant’s qualifications have been screened and the agency has determined the applicant meets the minimum employment requirements as stated in any notice issued for the position.” California Assembly Bill 1831 is available at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_1801-1850/ab_1831_bill_20120222_introduced.pdf. Continue reading