Child Safety Pilot Program

On December 30, 2010 President Obama extended the Child Safety Pilot Program. This program allows organizations that work with children to request fingerprint background checks for all potential volunteers. The screening is performed by utilizing the FBI’s nationwide fingerprint database. According to Adam B Schiff (Democrat-California) who has sponsored the bill, more than 90,000 background…

Diploma Mills Legislation

Diploma Mills Legislation The State of Idaho has approved a bill to make it easier for the Idaho Board of Education to identify fraudulent education providers, otherwise known as “diploma mills”. The bill helps the Idaho Board of Education issue cease-and-desist orders against companies violating the legislation. A degree based purely on one’s life experience…

Proposed Background Checks for D.C. Applicants

Rep. Darrell Issa (Republican – California) introduced a bill on Monday that would institute background checks for Washington D.C. applicants. Due to the increase in “outrageous abuses” in local D.C. government, Rep. Issa, who also chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, would like to follow the model used at the federal level. The…

Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011

H.R. 2501: Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011 A new bill prohibiting employers from discriminating against an individual based on a history of unemployment has been introduced to the House of Representatives. The Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011 states that it shall be an unlawful practice for an employer to: Refuse to consider for…

California Assembly Bill 22

Effective January 1, 2012, California will be the seventh state to pass law limiting employers from using credit reports for employment purposes. Assembly Bill 22 states that employers may request credit reports only if the applicant is being considered for one of the following: A managerial position A position in the state Department of Justice…

Employment Acceleration Act

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Senate Bill 1236, known as the Employment Acceleration Act of 2011. This bill will prohibit the state, or a city, county, or special district, from requiring an employer—other than one of those government entities mentioned—to use an electronic employment verification system (a federal system that allows employers…