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  • July 05 — A YMCA bus driver in North Carolina was recently arrested on six child pornography-related charges. While the man passed a background check, the YMCA makes sure its workers are never alone with kids, which ensured that no children from the YMCA were directly exploited in the incident.
  • July 04 — A recent study shows that the average hiring process took about 10 days longer in 2014 than it did in 2010. Are background checks behind the growing wait times, or is there another cause?
  • July 01 — Oregon recently banned the box for private employers, becoming the seventh state in the country to do so. Eleven cities and counties have also passed "ban the box" laws or ordinances for private employers.
  • June 30 — A new Nevada state law gives the gaming industry greater freedom in compiling and using credit history checks to assess applicants. Specifically, the bill allows employers to look at older bankruptcy filings and other negative credit information.
  • June 29 — A school district in Pennsylvania expects that it will have to run approximately 560 volunteer background checks in order to comply with a new state law. Despite the daunting nature of that number, the district in question has done a good job of making things as easy as possible on their volunteers.
  • June 22

    A teacher at a private Montessori school in Hoboken, New Jersey was recently caught on video roughly handling a student. Now, a State Assemblyman from Hoboken is working on legislation that would require background checks for private school employees.
  • June 19 — A new website, established by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, will allow school districts to quickly run state criminal history searches on applicants and employees. The state's previous background check system was paper-based and suffered from long processing times.
  • June 17 — New York City will soon become the biggest city yet to enact "ban the box" legislation for private employers. So far, fair chance hiring practices are observed largely by public employers.
  • June 16 — A child services center in Virginia is under investigation for nepotistic hiring practices, ignoring background check findings, fraud, and embezzlement. The business ran numerous education programs funded by taxpayer dollars.
  • June 14 — Pennsylvania's governor has waived the background check fees for volunteers who work with children. Previously, the $20 checks were reportedly keeping parents from volunteering in schools.