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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K-Mart Settles Class Action Suit for $3 Million Dollars

You can now add K-Mart to the list of big businesses that have fined for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The major retailer reached a settlement that will pay three million dollars in damages to more than 64,500 members of a class-action suit. The lawsuit alleged that K-Mart violated federal law by failing to…

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Industry Related Background Checks

Industry Related Background Checks Background checks are not a “one-size-fits-all” type of service. In fact, it is highly advised that certain industries conduct specific searches based on the positions they hire for. Employers must identify each position within their organization, and identify any special industry related background checks that they feel would assist in making…

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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 to Background Check a Background Screening Vendor

How to Background Check a Background Screening Vendor Your organization has wisely decided to take a proactive approach to its hiring practice and implemented an employment background screening program. Now that the decision has been made to start doing background checks, your next step is to find a reputable background screening vendor. In the background…

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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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How Background Screening Policies Eliminate Claims of Discrimination

In preparation of our webinar titled, “Save Big Dollars in Legal Fees & Settlement Costs by Implementing a Criminal Background Screening Policy,” we came across a very well written and informative article titled, “You Wanna Background Check Me? Well, Be Careful Where You Look.” The authors of the article, Cindy Hanson and Kali Wilson Beyah, comment on…

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