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  • October 18 — As of October 1st, the National Background Investigations Bureau has officially taken the job of federal background checks from the Office of Personnel Management. The NBIB is making the security of background check data a top priority as it inherits the OPM's responsibilities.
  • October 16 — An contractor in Boston recently fired nearly 40 drivers based on criminal background check findings. Amazon is facing a potential lawsuit for the summary dismissals, which opponents say violated both the EEOC and the FCRA.
  • October 14 — Organic grocery brand Whole Foods recently opened stores in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago and in other low-income areas throughout the country. The brand aims to use progressive background check and hiring strategies to help fight poverty and recidivism in these areas.
  • October 04 — Chicago Public Schools is reviewing its background check policies after a teacher was arrested for secretly filming people in the bathroom. The man had two prior convictions on his record, one for prowling and one for window peeping.
  • September 30 — A school district in Alabama will require parents to pass background checks if they wish to eat lunch at school with their children. Some parents in the area are concerned that the policy could discourage parents from getting involved and spending time with their children.
  • September 20 — Two New York nursing homes are in hot water this week after former aides were arrested for taunting and photographing residents in demeaning positions. One of the homes has failed to complete background checks of its employees in the past.
  • September 19 — Residents from the Tampa, Florida area have started a petition to fight back against pending ridesharing regulations. The regulations could cause popular services like Uber and Lyft to leave the area.
  • September 16 — Webster, Massachusetts is in the midst of a search for a new town administrator. There is some concern from townspeople and members of the selection committee that the town's background check policies for the role violate federal law.
  • September 06 — There is a measure on the ballot in Arkansas this fall that could add a medical tort reform amendment to the state constitution. A lawsuit alleges that the signatures for the petition that got the measure on the ballot were collected by canvassers who did not have the necessary background checks.
  • September 05 — The California Legislature recently approved a bill that would require ridesharing companies to be considerably stricter with their background checks. The legislation will now move to the governor for final approval.