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Background Check Compliance and Regulation: Key Points to Know

Background Check Compliance and Regulation: Key Points to Know

From the Fair Credit Reporting Act to the growing trend of ban the box legislation, we examine the many nuances of background check compliance and regulation.

A Mid-Year Compliance Report: Pay Equity Laws Blog Post

A Mid-Year Compliance Report: Pay Equity Laws

Last week, we explored some of the legislation and compliance changes that have occurred so far in 2020 in the ban the box space. This week, we’re con...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Maryland House and Senate Pass Law Prohibiting Employers from Requesting Social Media Passwords Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Maryland House and Senate Pass Law Prohibiting Employers from Requesting Social Media Passwords

Legislation and Compliance Update: expected to sign a bill prohibiting employers from requesting log-in information for an employee’s personal online ...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: CFPB Updates Summary of Rights Under FCRA Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: CFPB Updates Summary of Rights Under FCRA

Effective January 1, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has made updates to the Summary of Rights that the Federal Trade Commission...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: OFCCP Directs Federal Contractors to Comply with EEOC Criminal History Guidance Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: OFCCP Directs Federal Contractors to Comply with EEOC Criminal History Guidance

Legislation Update that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued a directive providing information to federal contractors and subcont

Legislation and Compliance Update: FTC Releases Employer Guidance Blog Post

Legislation and Compliance Update: FTC Releases Employer Guidance

The Federal Trade Commission has released guidance for employers who use consumer reports for employment purposes. The guidance reminds that a report ...

Legislation and Compliance Update: EEOC Issues Guidance on Employers' Use of Criminal History in Employment Decisions Blog Post

Legislation and Compliance Update: EEOC Issues Guidance on Employers' Use of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

Legislation and Compliance Update that EEOC has issued new enforcement guidance on employers' use of criminal history in employment decisions.

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Vermont Limits Credit Reports Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Vermont Limits Credit Reports

Vermont has become the eighth state to limit an employer’s use of credit information in making employment decisions. On May 17, the governor signed Se...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Seattle to Decide Whether to Ban the Box Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Seattle to Decide Whether to Ban the Box

Seattle’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology committee is expected to vote on the proposed Work Assistance ordinance in January 2013. If passe...

Legislation for Required Background Checks at ECE Facilities Could Sweep States Nationwide Blog Post

Legislation for Required Background Checks at ECE Facilities Could Sweep States Nationwide

A new legislation will be filed to demand stricterbackground checks and sex offender verification procedure for those wishing to become licensed in th...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Colorado Bans the Use of Consumer Credit Information for Employment Purposes Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Colorado Bans the Use of Consumer Credit Information for Employment Purposes

Colorado passed new legislation on April 19, 2013 which restricts an employer’s use of consumer credit information for employment purposes. The legisl...

Hiring in an Age of Changing Background Rules Blog Post

Hiring in an Age of Changing Background Rules

The world of pre-employment background checks is changing. Employers used to be relatively free to conduct background checks how they wanted and when ...

backgroundchecks.com legislation and compliance update: State-Required Disparate Impact Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com legislation and compliance update: State-Required Disparate Impact

The case pending in a United States District Court in Ohio illustrates some of the difficulties facing employers that use criminal records in making e...

backgroundchecks.com legislation and compliance update: Social Media Accounts are Off Limits in Oregon Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com legislation and compliance update: Social Media Accounts are Off Limits in Oregon

In May 2013, the Governor signed House Bill 2654 which relates to compelled access to social media accounts. Beginning January 1, 2014, employers in O...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance reminder: Rhode Island Enacts Ban-the-Box Legislation Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance reminder: Rhode Island Enacts Ban-the-Box Legislation

A new law passed by the Rhode Island legislature and approved by the Governor known as “ban the box” takes effect January 1, 2014. The bill eliminates...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance reminder: Indiana Amends the Process to Seal and Expunge Conviction Records Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance reminder: Indiana Amends the Process to Seal and Expunge Conviction Records

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance reminder that The Indiana legislature significantly changed the law for the expungement process in 201...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Nevada Prohibits Social Media Access_1306201 Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Nevada Prohibits Social Media Access_1306201

Earlier this month, Nevada passed Assembly Bill 181 which establishes two new unlawful employment practices.  The two-fold legislation makes it unlawf...

Legislation for Required Background Checks at ECE Facilities Could Sweep States Nationwide Blog Post

Legislation for Required Background Checks at ECE Facilities Could Sweep States Nationwide

A new legislation will be filed to demand stricterbackground checks and sex offender verification procedure for those wishing to become licensed in th...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: OFCCP Directs Federal Contractors to Comply with EEOC Criminal History Guidance Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: OFCCP Directs Federal Contractors to Comply with EEOC Criminal History Guidance

Legislation Update that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued a directive providing information to federal contractors and subcont

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Seattle to Decide Whether to Ban the Box Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Seattle to Decide Whether to Ban the Box

Seattle’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology committee is expected to vote on the proposed Work Assistance ordinance in January 2013. If passe...

Legislation and Compliance Update: EEOC Issues Guidance on Employers' Use of Criminal History in Employment Decisions Blog Post

Legislation and Compliance Update: EEOC Issues Guidance on Employers' Use of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

Legislation and Compliance Update that EEOC has issued new enforcement guidance on employers' use of criminal history in employment decisions.

Legislation and Compliance Update: FTC Releases Employer Guidance Blog Post

Legislation and Compliance Update: FTC Releases Employer Guidance

The Federal Trade Commission has released guidance for employers who use consumer reports for employment purposes. The guidance reminds that a report ...

Legislation and Compliance Update: Massachusetts Employer Policies Deadline Approaching Blog Post

Legislation and Compliance Update: Massachusetts Employer Policies Deadline Approaching

In 2010, Massachusetts enacted a new law governing the use of criminal records for employment in Massachusetts. Since then, the Massachusetts legislat...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: FTC Warning: A Consumer Report is A Consumer Report Even if You Think It’s Not_1229 Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: FTC Warning: A Consumer Report is A Consumer Report Even if You Think It’s Not_1229

The Federal Trade Commission warned several mobile app makers that their products may be consumer reports. According to the FTC’s website, these app m...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: EEOC Offers Opinion on the Effect of the ADA on Hiring Practices Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: EEOC Offers Opinion on the Effect of the ADA on Hiring Practices

The EEOC has recently made available an opinion letter on the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and its effect on hiring practices. As with all othe...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Pepsi Settles EEOC Class Charge for $3.1 Million Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Pepsi Settles EEOC Class Charge for $3.1 Million

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced settlement of a charge it brought against Pepsi Beverages on behalf of black applicants whom Pep...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Appropriations law requires federal agencies to verify employment eligibility of new hires with E-Verify Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Appropriations law requires federal agencies to verify employment eligibility of new hires with E-Verify

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (H.R. 2055), signed by President Obama on December 23, includes a provision requiring the use of E-Verify fo...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Amendment to California Civil Code 1786 Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Amendment to California Civil Code 1786

Effective January 1, 2012, employers must provide consumers with the web address of the screening company used to conduct the background check. This a...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - California Senate Passes AB 22 Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - California Senate Passes AB 22

The California Senate has passed, and the governor is expected to sign, AB 22 limiting the use of consumer credit reports for applicant screening and ...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Connecticut Limits Employers’ Use of Credit Reports Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Connecticut Limits Employers’ Use of Credit Reports

With important exceptions, a new Connecticut law prohibits employers from requiring employees to consent to a credit check as a condition of employmen...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Louisiana Enacts E-Verify Legislation Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Louisiana Enacts E-Verify Legislation

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update that On July 1, 2011, Governor Bobby Jindal signed HB 646 into law, creating Act 402.

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - FTC Says Screening of Volunteers is for Employment Purposes Under the FCRA Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - FTC Says Screening of Volunteers is for Employment Purposes Under the FCRA

In its newly issued staff report that updates its guidance under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that th...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Tennessee Governor Signs Law Requiring Businesses to Begin Using E-Verify Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Tennessee Governor Signs Law Requiring Businesses to Begin Using E-Verify

On June 7, 2011, Governor Haslam signed the Tennessee Lawful Employment Act of 2011.    Under this new law, virtually all employers will be required t...

backgroundchecks.com Legislationand Compliance update - Louisiana bill forcing contractors to use E-Verify unanimously passes state House Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislationand Compliance update - Louisiana bill forcing contractors to use E-Verify unanimously passes state House

The Louisiana House has unanimously voted 100-0 to forbid any public body from giving contracts to businesses that will not agree to monitor their wor...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Employers Settle FCRA Documentation Class Actions for $5.9 Million Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Employers Settle FCRA Documentation Class Actions for $5.9 Million

Legislation and Compliance Update that First Transit and First Student are apparently related companies that provide transportation services to school...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Social Security Administration (SSA) to Begin Randomizing Social Security Numbers (SSNs) Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Social Security Administration (SSA) to Begin Randomizing Social Security Numbers (SSNs)

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced plans to begin randomizing Social Security Numbers (SSNs).  This move will change the way in wh...

Legislation and Compliance Update: North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts Proceeds with Proposed Data Changes Blog Post

Legislation and Compliance Update: North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts Proceeds with Proposed Data Changes

Legislation and Compliance Update that The North Carolina Administrative AOC has proceeded with the change in which data is returned to third-party pr...

Legislation and Compliance update April 2011 - Philadelphia City Ordinance Bans the Box Blog Post

Legislation and Compliance update April 2011 - Philadelphia City Ordinance Bans the Box

Philadelphia’s city council has passed and the mayor has signed a city ordinance that regulates employers who employ at least 10 people in Philadelphi...

Legislation and Compliance Update - HIPAA Final Rules Deadline Announced Blog Post

Legislation and Compliance Update - HIPAA Final Rules Deadline Announced

The deadline for the final rule on modifications to HIPAA privacy, security, and enforcement rules is March, The Department of Health and Human Servic...

Legislation and Compliance Update : Federal Reserve Board Issues New Report Studying the Disparate Impact of Credit Histories Blog Post

Legislation and Compliance Update : Federal Reserve Board Issues New Report Studying the Disparate Impact of Credit Histories

The Federal Reserve Board has issued a new report entitled “Does Credit Scoring Produce a Disparate Impact?” The use of credit reports in employment d...

Legislation and Compliance update - Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies: Disclosures Blog Post

Legislation and Compliance update - Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies: Disclosures

On September 28th California Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 909 which amend Sections 1786.16 and 1786.20 of the Civil Code, relating to personal in...

Legislation and Compliance Update - Massachusetts CORI Reform Signed into Law Blog Post

Legislation and Compliance Update - Massachusetts CORI Reform Signed into Law

Massachusetts S. 2583 has been signed into law by Governor Patrick on August 6th 2010. The new law is designed to reduce recidivism, protect public sa...

Legislation and Compliance update May 2010 - Adverse Action Agitation Blog Post

Legislation and Compliance update May 2010 - Adverse Action Agitation

We all know the adverse action process: before making a negative hiring (or promotion, assignment, or retention) decision based on a consumer report, ...

May Compliance Review & Legislative Updates Blog Post

May Compliance Review & Legislative Updates

Among the many issues debated each year in legislatures around the country, employment concerns are often frequently at the top of the list. 2018 has ...

The Importance of Written Policies and Procedures Blog Post

The Importance of Written Policies and Procedures

A federal class action lawsuit was filed June 9, 2015, in the California Northern District Court which should serve as a reminder to employers of the ...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Minnesota Governor Signs Bill Banning the Box Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Minnesota Governor Signs Bill Banning the Box

The Minnesota Governor has signed into law a bill that “bans the box.” Signed on June 4, the law goes into effect January 1, 2014. The law, which back...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Colorado Bans the Use of Consumer Credit Information for Employment Purposes Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update - Colorado Bans the Use of Consumer Credit Information for Employment Purposes

Colorado passed new legislation on April 19, 2013 which restricts an employer’s use of consumer credit information for employment purposes. The legisl...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Vermont Limits Credit Reports Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Vermont Limits Credit Reports

Vermont has become the eighth state to limit an employer’s use of credit information in making employment decisions. On May 17, the governor signed Se...

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Maryland House and Senate Pass Law Prohibiting Employers from Requesting Social Media Passwords Blog Post

backgroundchecks.com Legislation and Compliance Update: Maryland House and Senate Pass Law Prohibiting Employers from Requesting Social Media Passwords

Legislation and Compliance Update: expected to sign a bill prohibiting employers from requesting log-in information for an employee’s personal online ...

Legislation and Compliance Update - Georgia and Indiana Pass Laws Requiring Employers to Utilize E-Verify Blog Post

Legislation and Compliance Update - Georgia and Indiana Pass Laws Requiring Employers to Utilize E-Verify

Both Georgia and Indiana have enacted laws requiring some or all employers in their states to being using E-Verify to check the work eligibility statu...

Legislation and Compliance Update: New Guidance from Office of Inspector General on permissive exclusion authority Blog Post

Legislation and Compliance Update: New Guidance from Office of Inspector General on permissive exclusion authority

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a new guidance on the implementation of its permissive excl...

Legislation and Compliance Updates - E-Verify News Blog Post

Legislation and Compliance Updates - E-Verify News

E-Verify Anti-Fraud Enhancements Announced The DHS and USCIS have announced the expansion of E-Verify program's capabilities to include U.S. passport ...

Compliance and Legislation Update - Randomizing Social Security Numbers Blog Post

Compliance and Legislation Update - Randomizing Social Security Numbers

The situation Everyone is familiar with the basic format of a Social Security Number—3 digits, 2 digits, 4 digits.  Each of these sets of numbers have...

Compliance and Legislation Update - The EEOC and Me Blog Post

Compliance and Legislation Update - The EEOC and Me

The situation A few years ago, had you asked the average businessman his personal philosophy on background screening, his response would’ve likely bee...

Consumer Reporting Laws by State Whitepaper

Consumer Reporting Laws by State

A review by state and territory of major local requirements in the use of credit information to make employment decisions

When Do You Need an OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) Check? Blog Post

When Do You Need an OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) Check?

Is an OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) check necessary for the hiring process? For some companies, the answer is yes. Learn about these checks,...