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 4th will prohibit employers from asking a job applicant about their salary history…

5 Items to Include in your Background Screening Policy for 2017

1. Ban the Box Compliance – It’s 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. 2. Social Medial Searches – employers are now screening applicant’s social media profiles as part of the screening process. There are certain parameters…

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…

Top 5 Reasons How Employers Violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Now more than even employers must adhere to specific federal and state laws when conducting employment background checks. There has been an increase in class action lawsuits brought against employers for violating such laws, specifically the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). We wanted to highlight 5 reasons how employers can easily fall prey to noncompliance:…

Richard Branson’s Push To Hire Ex-Cons

The Billionaire behind Virgin Group is making a strong move to encourage businesses to hire job applicant with previous criminal convictions. Richard Branson has actually been an advocate for years claiming hiring ex-cons “increases the talent pool, lowers the price tag of re offending, nurtures entrepreneurial spirit and contributes to safer communities”. Not only does…