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— A town in New Jersey has revoked the privileges of its Police Athletic League over accusations that the organization had let volunteers coach and work with children without background check clearance. The vice president of the organization has denied the allegations and hopes PALâ€™s privileges will be reinstated shortly.
— San Francisco has become the most recent city to enact ban the box legislation. The new ordinance will require employers and apartment complexes to remove questions concerning criminal history from job applications and to delay criminal background checks until after the first in-person interview.
— A Washington substitute teacher was recently accused of hitting and otherwise abusing students at an elementary school where he taught. The man had a criminal history that had been missed in background checks, a security hole that has inspired educators in the district and beyond think about overhauling background checks for teachers.
— San Diego County recently passed an ordinance that will seek to enforce an oft-disobeyed federal law involving background checks for aviation students. The law requires pilot trainees that hail from foreign countries to submit for federal background screenings prior to flying an aircraft.
— The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is considering new methods for getting local police departments to cooperate with federal background investigators. The committee fears that uncooperative police departments could be the explanation behind dangerous and unstable men like Aaron Alexis obtaining governmental security clearances.
— Uber, a luxury-based taxi service, will soon begin running county and federal background checks on all new drivers. Up until now, the company has mostly relied on state licensing authorities and other third-party sources to screen its drivers.
— A Commissioner with the arson investigation unit of the Buffalo Fire Department has allegedly been using the department's criminal background screening system for arson investigations to run unauthorized employment focused background checks on his colleagues.
— In the wake of questions regarding the validity of background checks rendered by USIS, a government contractor, the United States Government is instituting new guidelines regarding the review of background checks for federal employees.
— Senators in Utah are working to prevent the appearance of arrest reports on employment background checks. A bill that would limit employment criminal screening reports to actual convictions is currently making its way through state legislation and recently passed through the Senate with unanimous approval.
— Greenburgh, a town located in New York State, has adopted a new criminal background check policy for all city employees. The checks will complement national database searches with the use of on social security number traces to find an address history and corresponding direct court house searches.