Legal Alerts

COVID-19 Court Closures

Courts across the nation have closed their doors to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some courts have already begun to reopen, altering their methods of operating, while others remained closed entirely. The following list is an updated record of courts currently closed or with limited access; delays are to be expected. We […]

Background Screening

McDonald’s Employee With Past Criminal Record Attacks 2 Customers

A McDonald’s employee allegedly attacked two customers with a metal rod in Greenwich Village, New York. Rayon McIntosh, 31, became furious when two female customers jumped the counter (reason not disclosed in the article…I guess this isn’t important?) at the McDonalds, and then proceeded to pick up a metal rod and began beating the women. […]

Background Screening

Background Screening Policy

When Creating Your Company’s New Hire Process 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 […]

Background Screening

We Received a Criminal Record, Now What?

The hot button topic right now for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is whether to allow criminal background checks to factor into an employment decision. The EEOC feels that minorities are being discriminated against due to a previous criminal record, whether they were convicted of the crime or not. The EEOC has gone as […]

Background Screening

Commonly Used Background Screening Acronyms Defined

Learn Background Screening Acronyms Used by HR and Management When employers conduct employment background checks, they will find that this industry utilizes a great deal of acronyms that can cause a myriad of questions for businesses wanting to conduct compliant background checks. Due to the constant regulations being imposed on background screening organizations, employers must […]

Background Screening

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 […]

Equal Pay Act Passed by City of New York and Oregon

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 Oregon has passed legislation prohibiting employers from screening job applicants based on their salary history. On June 1, 2017, Governor Kate Brown signed into law the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017. Section 4 of the law will make it unlawful for employers to screen job seekers based […]

Connecticut Jumps on the “Ban the Box” Bandwagon

Connecticut has become the latest state to implement a statewide “ban the box” legislation banning employers from asking job applicants about previous criminal activity “at the onset of the employment process.” The new law titled Public Act No. 16-83, “An Act Concerning Fair Chance Employment,” states that employers may still conduct criminal background checks; however […]