Human Resources

Equifax Breach

September 12, 2017 | posted in: Alerts, Data Breaches, Human Resources, Privacy | by

(Information in this article was provided by the National Consumer Reporting Association.) The recent Equifax data breach has exposed 143 million Americans to potential identity theft. This breach was caused by hackers gaining access to key items of data including names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, driver's license information and credit card numbers. […]

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Washington MVR Audits

States regularly run audits on companies who order MVRs, and Washington is no exception. The difference is Washington requires a specific state form to be signed by each person that an MVR is requested for. Washington MVR Release of Interest Please make sure that your records are up to date and that you have a […]

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Employers Use of Background Check Reports and Limitations on Use

Are you an employer that conducts pre-employment background checks for new hires, or maybe background checks for existing employees for promotion, reassignment or retention purposes? Ever randomly wonder if you can use that report and information in it for a purpose other than employment screening? The short answer is, no. The FTC recently posted on […]

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State Legislatures Begin to Focus on Salary History

(via NAPBS) Recently, several state legislatures have introduced bills that seek to prohibit employers from seeking or inquiring about an applicant's past salary history. The intent of these bills is to prevent wage discrimination between workers who perform equal job functions, namely workers of opposite sexes. Under many current state laws, employers may justify a […]

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Spokeo v. Robins: Supreme Court Decision Announced

Spokeo v. Robins has been a closely-followed case among background screening companies because of the potential ramifications of the claims made in the lawsuit. Thomas Robins discovered that his Spokeo profile contained inaccurate information about him and filed suit alleging that Spokeo had willfully failed to comply with the FCRA. The Supreme Court announced its […]

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New Medical Requirements for Commercial Drivers

April 19, 2016 | posted in: Annual Audits, Human Resources, MVR | by

In addition to the existing medical guidelines that all Certified Medical Examiners (CME) must follow for the medical certification of commercial drivers, effective April 20, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) now requires them to implement a revised Medical Examination Report Form (MCSA-5875) and a Medical Examiner’s Certificate Form (MCSA-5876) for the medical […]

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New York City: New Guidance Issued for Fair Chance Act

According to an advisory released by NAPBS, New York City's Commission on Human Rights has issued updated legal guidance in regards to compliance with the Fair Chance Act and the NYC Human Rights Law. The guidance specifically states that "inquiring" includes conducting a criminal background check (either by the employer or a third party screening […]

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Can hiring ex-offenders make a business more profitable?

A recent article in The Guardian asks this question. EEOC guidance on hiring individuals with a criminal record states that the record must be considered in context. This may be one reason for that line of thinking: more than 65 million people in the United States have a criminal record, and 600,000 inmates are released […]

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Compliance: Can you require applicants to pay for their background checks?

This is an issue that we see from time to time. Either a client will invoice their applicants for the cost of a background check, or they will arrange for their applicants to contact the CRA directly to purchase a check. While this is currently legal in most states, there are a few potential issues […]

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New Compliance Initiative Takes Effect 12/1/15

To Our Clients & Partners: In keeping with our dedication to compliance, and due to the recent increase in litigation against employers and CRAs, we will be enacting a new Compliance Initiative which requires some changes to our reporting. Effective December 1, 2015, we will no longer be reporting cases with a disposition of dismissed, […]

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