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July 28, 2014

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7 Privacy Rights You’re Losing At Work

“The workplace is becoming ever more micro-managed at the expense of personal privacy. Here are just a few examples of how these protections we used to take for granted have been taken away in recent years.” – marketwatch.com

Background Checks For Consumer Safety (pdf) 

Testimony of Lucia Bone (@SueWeaverCAUSE) before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.  Sue Weaver CAUSE is a nonprofit, founded in memory of Lucia Bone’s sister, Sue Weaver. Promoting background checks for consumer safety. - SueWeaverCAUSE.org

Home Depot Becomes Latest Retailer Sued for Violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

“The employment application process has become increasingly complex and a growing source of litigation for retailers and other employers. Home Depot Inc. was recently slapped with a lawsuit alleging that the behemoth retailer runs background checks on employees and job applicants without properly notifying them or providing copies of the reports before taking adverse action against them over the reports’ findings.” – fashioncounsel.com

Background Screening Report Reveals Retail Industry Trends

“The report takes an in-depth look at retailers’ background check habits including what checks are run, what positions are screened and how retailers are reacting to EEOC guidance and ban-the-box laws.  Retailers were asked to rank their various reasons for performing background checks, showing that safety is their biggest concern.” – lpportal.com

1. Safer work environment
2. Hire better employees
3. Customer safety
4. Shrink reduction
5. Protect brand and image

Crime Victims, Small Businesses Blast EEOC’s Background Checks Guidance

“Small businesses contend the EEOC’s guidance on using criminal background checks is so confusing that they could still be sued by the agency even if they tried to follow it.” – bizjournals.com

Want To Read Uber’s Background Check Policy?

“The background check process for drivers working for the popular ridesharing app Uber has been in the news lately. The $17 billion startup has been plagued by accusations that safety is not enough of a priority. Uber recently announced that it would subject itself to an audit, to be carried out by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.” – uber.com

Illinois Joins Other States Restricting Employer Use Of Criminal Background Checks

“Illinois now joins increasingly numerous jurisdictions that restrict employers’ use of criminal background checks in hiring. More specifically, in restricting employers’ use of criminal history, Illinois joins Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Rhode Island, plus numerous municipalities including Baltimore, Philadelphia, Seattle, Buffalo, Newark, San Francisco and Louisville.” -  seyfarth.com

Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

“A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.com.” -propublica.org

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April 25, 2014

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Spring is Here – What’s Hot in Background Screening News

March 20, 2014

crocus2Happy Spring! Welcome to another edition of “What’s hot in employee background screening news”. If you want to make smarter business decisions, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of the interesting items that recently caught our attention.

Obama Administration Warns Employers About Overzealous Background Checks

“The Obama administration continues to warn employers about doing criminal and other background checks that could disparately impact minorities and other groups protected by discrimination laws.” – bizjournals.com

Colorado Employers Increase Testing For Drug Use

“Some employers are taking a tougher stance against workers’ drug use since recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado, according to a new workplace survey. One in five Colorado employers reported that they have implemented more stringent drug-testing policies in the wake of passage of Amendment 64 in 2012.” – brushnewstribune.com

New York Law Prohibits The Automatic Disqualification Of Job Applicants Based Solely On Criminal History

“Four national consumer reporting agencies have agreed to change their background check practices for job applicants with criminal convictions to comply with New York law, announced state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.  The agreements prohibit the agencies from automatically disqualifying applicants with criminal convictions and require the agencies to stop issuing automatic rejection letters and instead defer hiring decisions to employers, who must individually consider candidates. New York law prohibits the automatic disqualification of job applicants based solely on criminal history.” – westfaironline.com

Who’s Gathering Your Personal Information?

“The bottom line is that your personal information is most assuredly being collected and stored.  Just take a minute to think about who knows what you’re doing at any given moment and whether you care if your actions are being recorded.” – techlicious.com

Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know

“The new brochure, Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know, offers nuts-and-bolts guidance from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) when employers consider the background of applicants and employees in hiring, retention, promotion, and reassignment.”  – business.ftc.gov

Recent Lawsuit Highlights the Importance of Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance

“A recent proposed class action lawsuit against Whole Foods Market California provides a reminder to employers to review their disclosure and authorization forms for FCRA compliance.” – nylaborandemploymentlawreport.com

Should Background Checks Be On Your New Employee Checklist?

“In light of the EEOC’s increasing opposition to the use of criminal records in hiring decisions and the compliance issues arising under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, employers must stay current on the law in this area and be able to show that the use of backgrounds checks is either directly related to job performance or justified by a legitimate business necessity.” -  akerman.com

Your Job Search and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

A refresher for employers and employees on credit checks in the hiring process. – hrbartender.com

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December 31, 2013

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December 23, 2013

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