Whole Foods Violates FCRA

A class action lawsuit was filed against Whole Foods in Florida alleging Violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The suit filed on December 4, 2014 by a Tampa-based Whole Foods employee claims that the company’s background screening process violated the FCRA by failing to make proper disclosure and failing to obtain proper authorization…

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New York Passes Law Restricting Credit Reports

New York is now the ninth state who has passed legislation restricting employers from utilizing applicant’s credit history when making an employment decision. Last week, Mayor de Blasio signed legislation NYC Int. 0261-A-2014, which amends the NYC Human Rights Law stating that it is an “unlawful discriminatory practice for employers to request or consider the…

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Employers Use of Drug Screening Medical Marijuana Appplicants

In a landmark decision by the Colorado Supreme Court, it has been ruled that even though marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado, federally it still considered an illegal drug which would violate employers’ right to keep a drug free workplace. The decision stems from a five year legal battle involving Brandon Coats, a…

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Oregon Adopts “Ban the Box”

The state legislature of Oregon has already had a busy year passing laws pertaining to paid sick leave, non-compete agreements and social media employee privacy. Now Governor Kate Brown has signed into law House Bill 3025, restricting employers from inquiring about an applicant’s previous criminal history on an employment application (the law take effect January…

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New Legislation will Ban the Box for Federal Jobs

The federal government is jumping onto the “ban the box” band wagon that has taken the U.S. by storm. A group of bipartisan lawmakers revealed a new bill that claims to give former incarcerated people a fair chance of gaining employment with the federal government. The Fair Chance Act will follow current ban the box…

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Five Ways to Stay on Top of Changing Compliance Laws

1. Who are the “experts” regarding compliance? National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) is the only trade association dedicated to consumer reporting agencies (CRA) that exists to foster proper business practices, compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and equal employment opportunity as well as state and international consumer protection laws pertaining to the…

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Your New Year’s Resolution for HR

Resolution #1: Updating your Employment Background Screening Policy Successful employers review their business plan on an annual basis and make necessary changes relative to what transpired over the preceding year. One of the most crucial parts of any organization’s business plan is Human Resources, specifically the hiring process. Each year companies must be aware of…

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New Changes on Screening Federal Government Employees

New Changes on Screening Federal Government Employees The Defense Department had decided to step in and take responsibility for protecting and storing sensitive personal information on millions of federal employees. Until now, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was the entity responsible for housing the data and conducting investigations on federal personnel. The Obama Administration…

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