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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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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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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Nebraska Implements “Ban the Box”

Nebraska is now the eleventh state to implement legislation banning employers from asking job applicants about previous criminal activity on job applications. In a movement now known as “Ban the Box,” applicants will no longer have to disclose previous criminal activity until their potential employer has determined that the applicant has met the minimum job…

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Nationwide CRA Charged With Violating FCRA

A civil complaint was filed against a nationwide leading Credit Reporting Agency (CRA) for violating both Federal and State law by furnishing information to retailers about criminal cases involving suspicion of theft or fraud that did not result in a conviction. It is alleged that the CRA sold memberships to retailers who would provide information…

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Marijuana Laws 101: Things to Consider When Developing Your Organization’s Drug Policy

Marijuana Laws 101: Things to Consider When Developing Your Organization’s Drug Policy Maintaining a 100% drug free work place is the driving factor in developing your organization’s drug policy. Mandated compliance with federal law States with medical/recreational marijuana laws If the company has “safety” sensitive positions Handling positive tests for marijuana Not testing for just…

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Louisiana Adopts “Ban the Box”

Louisiana Adopts “Ban the Box” Louisiana has become one of 24 states that have now passed “ban the box” legislation, meaning that job applicants will be evaluated based on skills and interview conversations rather than just a check mark. Governor John Bel Edwards signed the bill on Wednesday prohibiting state employers from inquiring about the…

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L.A. City Fair Chance Act Aims to Help Ex-Felons

As a way to help ex-felons obtain jobs, avoid relapse, and allow successful integration back into the job market, the city of Los Angeles, CA is considering a 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,…

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