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