Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Revises Hiring Process for Scientists

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is revising their hiring process by making it significantly more difficult for international scientists to gain employment for research opportunities. The FDA has instructed hiring managers not to extend any employment (including for fellowship and/or contractor positions) to any person who has not lived in the United States for at…

New York City Prohibits Employers from Asking About Salary History

Just like the “ban the box” movement, a new bill is being passed in several cities and states that ban employers from asking job applicants about previous wages earned. The New York law signed by City Mayor Bill de Blasio on May 4, 2017 will prohibit employers from asking a job applicant about their salary…

Using Background Checks for Permissible Purposes

Employers Permissible Purpose for Using Background Checks When employers engage a third party company to conduct employment background checks, the first question that should be asked by the vendor is what your organization’s permissible purpose is for pulling these reports. The only logical answer for using background checks is for employment purposes; however, employers also…

Background Screening Policy

From “ban the box” compliance to position specific searches, here are five important items to add to your organization’s background screening policy: Ban the Box Compliance – It is only a matter of time before every employer nationwide must adhere to “ban the box” regulations; be proactive and add this to your screening policy. Social…

Connecticut Jumps on the “Ban the Box” Bandwagon

Connecticut has become the latest state to implement statewide legislation banning employers from asking job applicants about previous criminal activity “at the onset of the employment process”. The new law which is titled “An Act Concerning Fair Chance Employment” Public Act No. 1t6-83 states that employers may still conduct criminal background checks, however this may…

Top 4 Background Screening Trends for 2017

1. “Ban the Box” is here to stay It’s only a matter of time when employers will have to completely do away with the question on an employment application inquiring about previous criminal convictions. Currently over 100 jurisdictions and the federal government recognize “Ban the Box”, employers should be proactive and jump on the bandwagon!…

New LA City Fair Chance Act Aims To Help Ex-Felons

As a way to help ex- felons obtain jobs, avoid relapse, and allow them to integrate successfully back into the job market; L.A is considering proposed law that will bar employers from asking applicants for their criminal history on applications. Similar legislation has been passed in more than 50 cities and states, such as Boston…

Transportation Network Companies In CA Need To Start Doing Background Checks

A new California law that takes effect January 1, 2017 would require drivers who participate with a Transportation Network Company (TNC) like Uber or Lyft to have a criminal background check completed on them (regardless of being an employee or independent. Governor Jerry Brown approved Assembly Bill 1289 on September 28, 2016 it would add…