Internet Dating Safety Act HB 4083

Illinois is considering a new law that would require online dating sites to clearly and conspicuously disclose to its users that they conduct criminal background checks on all users. The bill was introduced by Michelle Mussman (Democrat – Schaumburg) and would also require online dating services to provide a safety awareness notification to all members…

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Maryland Close to Passing Law Prohibiting Employers from asking for Facebook Login Information

Maryland will likely become the first state in the U.S. to ban employers from asking job applicants for their login information to their social media accounts, including Facebook profiles. Governor Martin O’Malley (Democrat) is expected to sign the new legislation that was also supported by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The legislation is opposed…

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Vermont Implements Law Restricting Credit Reports

Vermont is now the eighth U.S. state to implement a law restricting employers from using applicant credit reports for employment purposes. Senate Bill 95, which will take effect July 1, 2012, only exempts Vermont employers from the new provisions if one or more of the following conditions are applicable: The information is required by state…

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HR 2865 Fairness Accuracy in Employment Background Checks of 2013

A new bill has been introduced that would provide safeguards to ensure accurate record information is utilized when accessing the Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal record system. The law would require Attorney Generals to promptly correct any inaccurate information found on the FBI criminal record system or delete incomplete records (incomplete records would be cases…

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California SB 530 and AB 218

California SB 530 California SB 530 was introduced by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson and would prohibit state and local government from requiring job applicants to disclose previous criminal history until later in the hiring process. This law follows a nationwide trend of other states and cities who have adopted similar legislation known as “Ban the Box”,…

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EEOC & FTC Provide Tips On Backgrounds

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently provided tips on the use of employment background checks. Earlier this month both agencies co-published two documents explaining how the agencies respective laws apply to background checks conducted for employment purposes. One document is intended for employers and the other is for…

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