California Passes “Ban the Box” Legislation

Add California to the list of states that have passed a law to “ban the box” (i.e. prohibiting employers’ from asking about applicants’ previous criminal history on a job application). Effective July 1, 2014, Assembly Bill 218 introduced by Sacramento Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, requires public employers to determine a job applicant’s minimum qualifications before…

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Nevada Now Regulates Use of Credit Reports

Nevada is now the 10th state to regulate employer use of consumer credit reports as part of the background screening process. Senate Bill No. 127 which went into effect on October 1, 2013 states that “Relating of employment practices; prohibiting employers from conditioning employment on a consumer credit report or other credit information; providing remedies…

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Negative Impact of Social Networking Sites on Job Applicants

I’m sure everyone has heard of Twitter, Facebook and Youtube (and if you haven’t, please lift up that rock that you are under). Social Networking Sites have dominated the internet in recent years and continue to grow by leaps and bounds. Social networking powerhouse and industry leader Facebook originally was created for it’s user to…

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USIS Conducting Screening on Navy Yard Shooter

USIS, the federal government contractor who vetted Whistleblower Edward Snowden also screened alleged Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis. In 2007, USIS conducted a background check on Alexis for his secret-level clearance. Due to confidentiality requirements USIS has with the federal government, they are prohibited from disclosing the results of Alexis’ background investigation. USIS was originally…

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EEOC Discrimination Lawsuit Dismissed

Score one for the employer! Last week U.S. District Court of Maryland Judge Roger Titus granted Freeman’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed the case of EEOC vs. Freeman. Freeman, a leading integrated marketing solutions provider was slapped with a lawsuit by the EEOC back in 2009. The EEOC claimed that Freeman discriminated against African…

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Follow Up to the EEOC’s Guidance on Criminal Background Checks

Last month the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against BMW and Dollar General for violating Title VII of the Civil Right Act by utilizing criminal background checks that resulted in African American employees either being fired or being disqualified for new positions (see post titled “Dollar General and BMW Latest EEOC Victims”). BMW…

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Federal Contractor USIS Failed To Conduct Adequate Background Check

Last month US Senator Claire McCaskill announced at a Senate hearing, that government contractor USIS conducted a background check on Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor suspected of treason. In 2011 USIS performed a background investigation on Mr. Snowden for a security clearance; the company is now under criminal investigation for systemic failure to adequately conduct…

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