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  • May 04 — Koch Industries, one of the largest private employers in the U.S., officially banned the box last month. The move shows the growing support for "fair chance" hiring policies in all corners of the employment industry.
  • May 01 — A former office manager at a Portage, Michigan garage door company was recently convicted of embezzling over $118,000 from the business. The woman will pay restitution, but the company says that it neglected to run background checks before hiring her.
  • April 30 — Without the consent of their customers, a Motel 6 in Warwick, Rhode Island is giving local police the names of all overnight guests for arrest warrant background checks. The warrant searches are being done in response to a number of serious crimes that have occurred at the motel as of late.
  • April 28 — New Hampshire has started requiring background checks for staff at youth skills camps. These camps, which are generally brief intensive programs focused on learning one specific skill, hint at a growing trend toward universal background checks in youth-serving programs across the country.
  • April 27 — The Transportation Security Administration is calling for recurring background checks for airport or airline workers, among other new security measures, following an extensive 90-day review of existing policies. The review was ordered after a baggage handler in Atlanta was caught smuggling firearms aboard a commercial flight last December.
  • April 22 — Native American tribes are asking for state and federal help with background checks. The tribal community currently has no access to governmental criminal history registries, which it needs to review in order to safely place children with foster families.
  • April 20 — An audit of East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania recently found that workers and volunteers at youth-focused summer camps and events had not been undergoing background checks. But while the Auditor General blamed the university for the oversight, the situation is complicated somewhat by the fact that most of these camps and events are held by external organizations and merely used university facilities.
  • April 20 — New Jersey is considering a law that would require doctors who have lived abroad to undergo international background checks. The State Senate is almost unanimously in approval of the bill, while the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners opposes it.
  • April 17 — A school district in Pennsylvania has decided to continue reimbursing volunteers for background check expenses, after reviewing the policy. The district spends approximately $2,500 a year on volunteer background checks.
  • April 15 — A college in Virginia gave a student worker access to a huge database of student and alumni information, not knowing she was a convicted embezzler. Since the school doesn't run background checks on work-study employees, those charges were able to pass by unnoticed.