Indiana Passes Law Restricting “Ban the Box” Requirements; Governor Eric Holcomb May Modify Through Executive Action

In late April, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law Senate Bill 312, which prohibits political subdivisions (local governments and entities; e.g. cities and counties) from passing any “Ban the Box” laws or ordinances that are more restrictive than applicable federal or state laws, rules or regulations. (Ban the Box laws restrict employers from asking…

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Pending Federal Credit Reporting Bill Might Help Employers

There’s another piece of legislation in the US House of Representatives that could benefit employers who need to use a credit report to ensure that a candidate for employment doesn’t have credit problems. H.R. 4172 would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to allow the reporting of positive consumer credit information to Consumer Reporting…

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The Pros and Cons of Routine, Repeat Background Checks

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) have made employers hypervigilant about background checks. Some companies have taken a “once and done” stance regarding these checks. Many other organizations renew employee background checks on a regular basis. Background check renewal is especially important for organizations dealing with vulnerable populations…

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Using fingerprints for background checks can be a waste of time

The March 20th edition of the Denver Post included an article entitled “Fingerprint-based criminal background check legislation for Colorado health care professionals passes key hurdles.” In it, the writer commented,  “Spurred on by concerns that dangerous criminals are getting hired to care for ill, disabled and frail patients, legislation that would require fingerprint-based criminal background…

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Time for a little humor

A few years ago, one of our associates was doing a reference report on a job candidate applying to be a construction worker for a construction company.  At the end of what seemed to be a fairly positive interview, the reference asked if we knew where the candidate might be found.  Naturally, we didn’t know,…

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California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) Finalizes New Criminal History Regulation; Sets Effective Date of July 1

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) has finalized its “Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions” regulation, which will go into effect on July 1, 2017. During the proposed legislation’s public comment period, the National Association of Private Background Screeners (NAPBS) submitted comments raising concerns regarding adverse notification, business necessity and the use…

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