Illinois Marijuana Law Introduces New Compliance Territory

Since the start of the new year, employers in the state of Illinois have faced changes in the way that they navigate the pre-employment background check process through drug screening. Originally signed in June 2019 by Governor J.B. Pritzker, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act has not taken into effect until this year. With…

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How Employers Conduct an Individualized Assessment for Background Checks

It has been four years since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released their guidance on how employers should use criminal convictions reported on an employment background check. One of the major components highlighted in the guidance was the individualized assessment, and the importance of allowing the job candidate to explain any past criminal records;…

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HireRight Ordered to pay $2.6 Million for Multiple FCRA Violations

HireRight Solutions, an employment background screening company has been ordered to pay $2.6 million to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that claimed HireRight.com violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to use reasonable procedures to assure the maximum possible accuracy of information contained in their reports. This marks the second largest civil…

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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…

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Florida Governor Signs Mandatory E-Verify Law

Earlier last month, current Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed a new law, known as “SB 664”, that would make E-Verify the mandatory method of verifying work eligibility. This would apply to all government employees and even some private employers as well. The provision will be mandatory beginning January first of next year, 2021. Any public…

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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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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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Federal Background Screening Contractor Accused of “Dumping” Background Reports

U.S. prosecutors have filed charges against background screening company USIS (U.S. Investigations Services) for allegedly completing background reports without having gone through a quality review process. USIS utilized a computer program to “flush” or “dump” background checks which would label the report as “complete” when in fact no quality review was conducted. This is in…

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