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We need to strengthen NH’s background check system

We all know that dangerous people don't make the best decisions. But sometimes they shine a bright spotlight on themselves, highlighting their dangerous – and sometimes deadly – attempts to purchase a gun. Read More...


 

Landmark $15M settlement in Census Bureau background-check lawsuit

Evelyn Houser, a North Philadelphia grandmother, didn't live to see the end of what she started six years ago. Houser, who died in September, was a lead plaintiff in the landmark $15 million settlement of a class-action suit this week that may help hundreds of thousands of people with criminal records get jobs. Read More...


 

Onfido, a background check start-up for 'Uberized' world raises $25 million

A start-up that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to carry out complex background checks needed in today's "sharing economy", has raised $25 million from venture capital firms that have previously invested in the likes of Spotify and Dropbox. Read More...


 

Ordinance would delay background checks for job applicants

UPDATE – As of April 4, 2016, employers in Austin are prohibited from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal background until after a conditional offer of employment. Once criminal background information is obtained, Austin employers are prohibited from taking adverse action without first conducting an individualized assessment to determine whether the information renders the applicant unsuitable for the job.

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin City Council is set to make a decision Thursday that could improve the chances of an ex-offender getting a job. The Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance would delay a criminal background check until the point a person is a finalist for the job. Read More...


 

Drug screening of students draws cautious reaction

Some parents and educators are cautiously backing a requirement that students be screened at schools for signs of substance abuse, but expressed concerns about confidentiality and how the state would implement the program. Read More...


 

Background check finds wrong man

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Anyone looking for a job these days will likely have to undergo a background check. An Omaha man applying as a driver for Uber expected to pass with flying colors, instead he was red flagged in a case of mistaken identity. Read More...


 

Another Voice: Time to reframe criminal background checks in housing

Should landlords place heavy weight on a prospective tenant's criminal record? There is more to this than meets the eye. Read More...


 

FBI Can Use Dead Suspects' Fingerprints To Open iPhones – It Might Be Cops' Best Bet

As Apple makes iPhones increasingly secure, the FBI has found it more difficult to get at data within suspects' iOS devices. Hence the All Writs Act 1789 order that landed earlier this week asking Apple to write a special version of iOS that could be installed on the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. Read More...


 

University of Alabama fraternity drug-testing program details revealed via internal documents

Detailed information about the University of Alabama's fraternity drug-testing program has been revealed via internal university documents AL.com obtained in response to a public records request. Read More...


 

Advocates support animal abuse registry in Connecticut

Advocates for domestic violence victims and those supporting animal rights are teaming up to support the latest proposal for a public registry in Connecticut that would identify people who abuse animals. Read More...


 

FBI official: 'Perfect storm' imperiling gun background checks

The surge of criminal background checks required of new gun purchasers has been so unrelenting in recent months that the FBI had been forced to temporarily halt the processing of thousands of appeals from prospective buyers whose firearm purchase attempts have been denied. Read More...


 

Navy Drug Screening Lab maintains warfighter readiness

Drug testing in the Navy began in the early 1980s following the crash on USS Nimitz, in which numerous firefighters tested positive for illegal drugs. Read More...


 

Cuomo, Schumer Pushing Use of No Fly List During Background Checks

Governor Cuomo said the issue will "get worse and not get any better" thanks to what they call a "loop hole" that allows terrorists to buy guns in New York state. Read More...


 

Lack of Fingerprint Records May Let AZ Inmates Pass Checks

Fingerprint records and criminal histories are missing for some inmates in Arizona, meaning when they’re released they could pass background checks and get clearance to drive school buses or buy weapons. Read More...


 

NHL Drug Testing Must Be Fixed

The NHL Players' Association is in the midst of an interesting internal debate over how to deal with screening for what the league and union term "drugs of abuse," such as cocaine or marijuana. Read More...


 

Scott Walker is Suing Obama Over Drug Testing for Food Stamps

For states that include drug testing in their welfare oversight, the extent to which they are allowed to test is limited. But Gov. Scott Walker is suing the Obama administration to expand Wisconsin’s purview when it comes to testing substance use. Read More...


 

This Is How the Syrian Refugee Screening Process Works

Officials say it's the most intensive vetting process of any group that arrives in the U.S. Republican governors, lawmakers and presidential candidates are calling for a halt to federal program that resettles Syrian refugees in the U.S. Read More...


 

Eugene Police Want to Make Changes to Background Check Process

The Eugene Police Department wants to make some changes to its backgrounds checks which comes after six police officers filed a $1.75 million lawsuit against the city and former officer, Jeffrey Argo. Read More...


 

Drug Screening: 6 Everyday Things That Trigger A False Positive Drug Test

Failing a drug test when you’re not a drug user, may be attributed to over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and foods that may trigger a false positive result. Read More...


 

Waffle House Is Being Sued Over How It Conducts Background Checks

Waffle House is just the latest restaurant to wind up in court over how it conducts background checks. Read More...


 

Groups Say Fingerprint-Based Background Checks Could Lead to Racial Discrimination

Austin City Council members are one step closer to requiring fingerprint-based background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers in the city. But the local chapter of the NAACP and the Austin Urban League have alleged that these kinds of background checks discriminate against minorities. Read More...


 

FBI No Longer Checks Its Records for "Nonserious" Crimes

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it has stopped vetting arrest records it receives from states to determine whether they are serious enough for inclusion in a massive database used to conduct background checks. Read More...


 

School Background Checks for APS

Following a questionable hire at the Albuquerque Public Schools, state officials are making sure every single district is safe. Read More...


 

TSSAA to Add Background Check Requirement for All Referees

Following the suspension of football official Kyle Gill by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on Wednesday, the TSSAA has announced that it will add background checks for referees to the agenda for its Nov. 12 board meeting. Read More...


 

Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act

Under the STOP CREDIT DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT ACT, most employers in New York City are prohibited from checking applicants' credit history to make employment decisions. Read More...


 

New York City Offers Guidance for Employers on the Use of Credit History in Employment Decisions

Mayor Bill De Blasio signed into law the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act ("SCDEA") in May and it went into effect on September 3, 2015. It prohibits employers from using an individual's consumer credit history when making employment decisions about applicants or current employees. Read More...


 

Gov. Martinez orders background check review for all school districts

Gov. Susana Martinez ordered compliance investigators with the State Public Education Department and individuals from the Department of Public Safety to conduct an immediate review of background check policies for each school district in the state. Read More...


 

Employer May Be Liable for Coding Applicant "Ineligible" Before Applying FCRA Background Check Protocol

A federal court in Virginia last week denied an employer's motion for summary judgment in a class action under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). Read More...


 

Background checks for recruits need to be a start

Baylor coach Art Briles, by all accounts, is one of the most liked coaches in college football. Read More...


 

Uber's Background Checks Missed Murder And DUI Convictions, Prosecutors Say

As agencies scrutinize Uber's background checks, Arun Sundararajan, a professor of business at New York University, said they also should evaluate the effectiveness of taxi driver screening. Read More...


 

Coors Field to get Fast Access points

A new process will make it faster and easier for fans to get into Coors Field - without metal detectors. Read More...


 

Coors Field to get Fast Access points

A new process will make it faster and easier for fans to get into Coors Field - without metal detectors. Read More...


 

The Future-Forward Cybersecurity Fix

Recent breaches to U.S. federal computer networks – such as the Office of Personnel Management hack - have catapulted the need for improved identity management and authenticated access to the top of the national agenda. Read More...


 

Mohammad Abdulazeez Failed Background Check to Work at Nuclear Power Plant

Mohammad Abdulazeez, the Tennessee college graduate slain after a shooting spree which killed four U.S. Marines, reportedly failed a background check to work at a nuclear power plant in Ohio. Read More...


 

Fix the background check

As inspiring and overdue as America's reassessment of the Confederate battle flag has been since last month's Charleston shootings, those who wish to truly honor the victims need to set their sights to an even higher purpose. Read More...


 

Feds Shut Down Background Check Database Over Flaw

The federal personnel agency whose records were plundered by hackers linked to China announced on Monday the temporary shutdown of a massive database used to update and store background investigation records after newly discovering a flaw that left the system vulnerable to additional breaches. Read More...


 

Should I Let An Employer Do A Background Check Before An Interview?

Is it a red flag when an employer asks permission to run a credit and criminal background check before the interview, and can you say no? Read More...


 

Lawmaker Pushing To Waive Background Check Fees for Volunteers

The state's new background checks law that was part of the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal has caused so much angst that a rush is on to change it before it is fully in effect. Read More...


 

Audit: SCPA Employees Lacked Background Checks

An internal audit shows staff members at the School for Creative and Performing Arts had unsupervised, one-on-one access to students but did not have valid background checks. Read More...


 

5 Things to Know About Background Checks and Expunged Records

In recent years, dozens of states have made it easier for people to conceal their brushes with the criminal justice system, broadening the scope of laws that allow for the expungement or sealing of criminal convictions and arrests. Read More...


 

Background checks in child placement needed, tribes say

Washington tribes want state and federal help in communicating criminal data between tribes and governments, such as criminal-background checks. Read More...


 

Bill To Require Background Checks On Youth Sports Proposed Once Again At State Capitol

State lawmakers are once again debating a bill to require background checks for volunteers with youth sports organizations. It’s the second time around for the bill that was introduced and killed earlier this year. Read More...


 

Lawmaker rethinking welfare drug-testing proposal

Just hours after the Indiana House voted to approve a drug-testing requirement for welfare recipients, the lawmaker who proposed the idea says he is rethinking it. Read More...


 

Work being done on child abuse background checks law to provide clarity

Nearly 152,000 requests for child abuse clearances poured into the ChildLine office of the state Department of Human Services in the first two months after a new background check law took effect on Dec. 31. Read More...


 

New FCRA Lawsuit Demonstrates Growing Trend of Consumers Challenging Employer Disclosure Forms

A new putative class action lodged in California federal court against Paramount Pictures Corporation made it the latest employer to be accused of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by obtaining credit reports from current and prospective employees without adequate disclosure of their rights under the FCRA. Read More...


 

SCAM ALERT: Background check email downloads malware

The BBB says the best way to protect yourself from these emails is to be cautious of anything sent from an email address that does not seem to match the alleged source of information. Read More...


 

FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Pizza Hut

A class action lawsuit filed against Pizza Hut alleges that the company violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requirement that a "clear and conspicuous disclosure" about a background check for employment purposes be made in writing "in a document that consists solely of the disclosure." Read More...


 

Background Checks - Tips for Job Applicants & Employees

Your application for a job means an employer can check your credit report. Here are some things for job applicants and employees to know. Read More...


 

Retailer Hit With Second FCRA Class Action Pertaining to Background Checks

On January 28, Michael’s Stores, Inc. was hit with its second Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class action lawsuit challenging Michael's employment background check procedures in as many months. This lawsuit should serve as another reminder to employers to verify their background check procedures comply with both state and federal law. Read More...


 

Paramount Illegally Obtains Applicants' Credit Reports

Paramount Pictures Corporation was hit with a class action lawsuit, alleging that it improperly performed consumer reports for the purpose of employment in violation of federal law. Read More...


 

Uber Hit With Illegal Background Check Class Action Lawsuit

Uber Technologies was hit with a class action lawsuit alleging it performs illegal background checks and violated federal law when it checks on drivers for its mobile-app that helps users find transportation, according to a Boston cabdriver. Read More...


 

Familiar with your State laws on drug testing?

State Laws at a Glance is a collaboration with professionals across the workplace drug testing industry, and the SAPAA (Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association) Training Institute, to provide a free resource on workplace drug testing laws, regulations, legislation, issues of interest and significant case authority. Access this valuable resource: Read More...


 

Seattle City Ordinance "Banning the Box" in Effect Nov. 1st

The law prohibits employers from automatically excluding individuals with any arrest or conviction record from consideration for employment. While employers may inquire about an individual's criminal history after they have completed an initial screening to eliminate unqualified applicants, they may not reject a qualified applicant solely based on their criminal record. Read More...


 

Texas Law Offers Protection for Employers - While Stressing Need for Background Checks

A new Texas law, effective September 1, prohibits suits "against an employer, general contractor, premises owner, or other third party solely for negligently hiring or failing to adequately supervise an employee, based on evidence that the employee has been convicted of an offense." However, the law allows for claims if the employer "knew or should have known" its employee was convicted of a past crime during similar employment, a sexually violent offense, or severe crimes such as murder or other aggravated felonies. Read More...


 

Federal judge dismisses EEOC case against Freeman

In conclusion to the grant of summary judgment for the defendant, U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus in Maryland stated, "the story of the present action has been that of a theory in search of facts to support it. But there are simply no facts here to support a theory of disparate impact resulting from any identified, specific practice of the Defendant." Read More


 

Texas Legislature Enacts Bill Authorizing Student Background Checks

The Texas State Legislature enacted a bill earlier this year authorizing public institutions of higher education to conduct criminal background checks on student applying for on-campus housing. While the bill does not require criminal background checks, the legislation takes an important step towards improving campus safety. Read More


 

Updates to "Ban the Box" Legislation

An increasing number of states and cities are proposing legislation that prohibits asking about criminal history on employment applications AKA "Ban the Box". Read More


 

NSA leaks raise concerns on background checks

Before Edward Snowden began leaking national security secrets, he twice cleared the hurdle of the federal government's background check system. Read More


 

Nevada restricts the use of credit reports

The State of Nevada passed legislation that restricts the use of credit reports for employment purposes. Read More


 

Colorado passes legislation to restrict the use of credit reports for employment purposes.

The State of Colorado recently passed legislation restricting the use of credit reports for employment purposes. Read More


 

Failure to comply with the FCRA costs Kmart $3 million.

Kmart, Sears Holdings and its affiliates recently settled a class action lawsuit for failure to comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Read More