Dec 27 2021

Background Check Bill Introduced to Protect Florida Renters

Certain industries require mandatory background checks of employees according to law. Florida is looking to add to that list apartment employees. A new bill, if passed, looks to improve safety and security for tenants....

Dec 17 2021

U.S. Department of Human Services Seeking Comment on Form I-9 Document Examination Alternatives

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations have adjusted how they operate. In March 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced temporary compliance flexibility for certain I-9 requirements. What was first a short-term action has...

Dec 08 2021

Lawsuit Filed for Alleged Background Check Disclosure Violations

Amazon is busy this time of year. But a recent court filing may leave it busier than usual. A prior Amazon employee claims the retailer violated a handful of background check disclosure-related laws. Narek...

Nov 17 2021

State Regulator Announces Increased California Fair Chance Act Enforcement

“Fair Chance” -type laws are becoming more common across the country. These types of laws often restrict the types of criminal information employers can consider during the hiring process, or when certain criminal information...

Nov 11 2021

A Potential Case of Negligence in Florida Emphasizes Screening for Risky Hires

It’s a nightmare scenario when there is a threat to an individual. Or worse, if someone takes another’s life. While tragedies related to an employee are rare, they’re situations for which HR teams may...

Nov 02 2021

Hiring in New Jersey? Have Your Summary of Rights Ready

Last year we talked about New Jersey’s state-specific background check disclosure requirements. But this isn’t the only thing employers should know about New Jersey-specific requirements. Like Washington state, New Jersey also has a state-specific...

Oct 22 2021

New Guidance on Cannabis Drug Tests in New York State

Legal recreational marijuana use continues to shake up drug testing policies in the workplace. The state of New York recently joined the growing list of states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana...

Oct 13 2021

Rideshare Companies in the Hot Seat for Screening Practices

Transportation service giants Uber and Lyft have faced a fair share of attention related to their drivers. Buckley v. Uber claim both rideshare companies failed to comply with federal background check laws.  A driver...

Oct 07 2021

An Update on an FCRA Disclosure Case

The Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (FCRA) disclosure requirements haven’t always been clear to employers. A recent update to a long-running case, Walker v. Fred Meyer, Inc., adds additional clarification. to what employers may need...

Sep 15 2021

Rhode Island Works to Boost Pay Equality

The topic of salary equality has been prevalent in recent years. As part of this trend, Rhode Island recently passed amendments to its pay equity law.  This law applies to employers that employ any...

Sep 07 2021

Complaint Filed Against Walmart for Hiring Policies

The United States’ largest private employer faces a proposed nationwide class action lawsuit based on its screening policy. A complaint filed on July 16, 2021 alleges that Walmart “denies employment to many qualified applicants...

Sep 02 2021

I-9 Compliance Flexibility Extended Until the End of 2021

I-9 compliance has looked different for some employers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Human Services (DHS) has offered continued I-9 flexibility to employers. On August 31, 2021, the...

Aug 24 2021

Maine Beacons a Change in Hiring Practices

Like lighthouses dotting the coast of Maine, “Fair Chance” laws throughout the country provide a guiding light to prevent employers from running into rocky compliance issues. Maine is one of the latest states to...

Aug 16 2021

Fair Chance Act Guidance Updated for New York City Employers

Amendments to the New York City Fair Chance Act (NYC FCA) took effect on July 29, 2021. According to the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) the changes generally “… new protections...

Aug 05 2021

Louisiana’s Fair Chance Law Goes into Effect

Like New York City, the state of Louisiana now has its own “Fair Chance”-style law. Louisiana Act 406 places new restrictions on employers that consider a candidate’s criminal history when making hiring decisions. “Employers”,...

Jul 15 2021

The Litigation Saga of Waterloo, Iowa’s Ban the Box Law

Cities have been quick to enact laws around the use of criminal history for employment purposes in recent years. These types of laws are commonly known as “Ban the Box” Laws.  In some cases,...

Jul 05 2021

Seeing Dollar Signs (or Not) on Salary Verifications in Nevada

Las Vegas is famous for high-rollers and big spending. It might seem like the city, and the broader state of Nevada, are all about the money. But now, a new state law is putting...

Jun 14 2021

Kentucky in the Lead to Protect Employers with New Reentry Law

You might have noticed a significant push across the country to remove a criminal record as a barrier to employment. Varying new laws have been introduced to  attempt to help the third of American...

Jun 08 2021

Beyond Washington’s Disclosures: Summary of Rights Requirements

Last month we highlighted background report disclosure requirements in the state of Washington. As we previously discussed, part of the disclosure requirements for “investigative consumer reports,” under Washington law, is providing candidates with additional...

Jun 02 2021

Continued Form I-9 Compliance Flexibility

The way employers hire has adapted to a more remote workforce. Some government agencies have also introduced temporary policies to assist employers in both promoting remote readiness and meeting COVID-19 restrictions. It’s been over...

May 20 2021

Washington’s Vast Approach to Background Check Disclosures

Those that have visited the Pacific Northwest know the beauty of the area. The region is known for lush forests, majestic mountains, and stunning waters. Washington alone is home to Olympic National Park, Mount...

May 10 2021

Philadelphia Inches Closer to Certain Drug Testing Limits

There has been a rise in legalizing medicinal and recreational cannabis across the United States. Some areas have expunged records related to marijuana. Others have decriminalized the use of marijuana. It seems attitudes about...

May 04 2021

Another Disclosure Violation Case

We’ve highlighted many cases of companies accused of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). So many of these situations fall back on disclosure forms.  We have previously discussed cases involving FCRA disclosures, such...

Apr 14 2021

Illinois Human Rights Act Updates Are Now Law

With the change of seasons we are seeing changes to some laws. In February we talked about Illinois Senate Bill 1480 and about potential changes coming to the Illinois Human Rights Act. The changes...

Apr 09 2021

Costly Settlement for Alleged FCRA Violation

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) outlines the fundamental federal requirements for employment background checks done by consumer reporting agencies. No company wants to face the consequences of a violation. But the truth is,...

Apr 06 2021

Vermont Blocks Wide Use of Credit Checks in Employment Decisions

Some states and cities have introduced and passed bills to place restrictions on using credit checks for employment purposes. Generally, these laws restrict when or how employers use credit history for most employment decisions....

Apr 01 2021

Fair Chance Violation Complaint Delivered to FedEx in New York City

The consequences of violating employment laws can be significant. Employers can face litigation, leading to big penalties. Macy’s recently experienced this in New York City. Now, FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. (“FedEx”) is accused,...

Mar 25 2021

Philadelphia Boosts Protections for Credit History Used in Employment Decisions

A consumer’s credit history is highly protected. What shows up affects consumers seeking jobs, housing, vehicles and more. Some laws promote accuracy, fairness, and the privacy of information with credit bureaus. Several federal, state...

Mar 18 2021

Small but Mighty: Rhode Island’s Credit Check Laws

Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but some of its state laws align with some of the nation’s biggest. States like California restrict the use of certain credit information for employment purposes. Some...

Mar 09 2021

Amendments Update Philly’s Ban the Box Law

The City of Brotherly Love is home to many historic sites. From the Liberty Bell to those famous stairs from the movie Rocky, the city sure is a staple in the history books. In...

Mar 03 2021

Changes Ahead for the NYC Fair Chance Act

Last month we discussed New York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA). It places restrictions on how NYC employers can use certain criminal history information. The FCA addresses employment ads, asking job applicants about criminal...

Feb 18 2021

Understanding New York City’s Fair Chance Act

Several “Fair Chance” or “ban the box” initiatives nationwide have been introduced or updated over the past year. Take, for example, the new Federal Fair Chance Act and changes to California’s Fair Chance Act....

Feb 10 2021

Oklahoma! Where the Disclosures Are Written Plain

Some states have their own background report disclosure laws.  Our virtual road trip throughout the United States has introduced us to many states that require specific disclosures, beyond FCRA disclosures, before screening applicants or...

Feb 04 2021

Illinois Proposes Changes to How Employers Use Certain Criminal History

By now, you are probably aware of the importance of checking up on state and local laws if you obtain background reports on your applicants and employees. We recently covered a court case in...

Jan 20 2021

New York City Restricts Use of Candidate Credit History

Do your background reports contain credit information about your candidates?  Some states, and cities, restrict the use of certain credit information for employment purposes. In New York City, the hub for the financial industry,...

Jan 13 2021

Regulations from Federal Agencies and the FCRA

If you use background reports for employment purposes, you are probably well-versed in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). But did you know that the FCRA grants the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB),...

Jan 07 2021

Employment Discrimination Based on Criminal History: A Cautionary Tale

The laws around employment background reports are vast. If you use background reports, you probably take care to follow all applicable federal, state, and local consumer reporting laws. In addition to consumer reporting laws,...

Dec 29 2020

Disclosures Go Down the New Jersey Shore

Does your team live or work up and down the Jersey Shore? Then there are some state-specific disclosure requirements to keep in mind. That’s right, New Jersey law includes specific background report disclosure requirements....

Dec 16 2020

Anti-discrimination Suit Raised Against New York Insurance Company

If you’re an employer that uses background reports, compliance is a priority issue. Federal, state, and local consumer reporting laws are not the only laws to consider. From ban the box to anti-discrimination, there...

Dec 04 2020

Ban the Box 2.0 in Montgomery County, Maryland

As the largest county in the state of Maryland, Montgomery County enacted its ban the box law years before the state did so. It took the state of Maryland until 2020 to pass a...

Nov 18 2020

Innovating “Applicant”: Updates to California’s Ban the Box Law

The state of California is a leader in the tech world. Silicon Valley is the global hub for technology innovation and startups. Many of the largest tech-based corporations even call this state home. But...

Nov 10 2020

Keeping Things Unique in the State of New York

You may have heard this tongue twister before: “Unique New York.” That’s more than just a vocal warm-up for theater folks or a line from Will Ferrell’s character “Ron Burgundy” in Anchorman. It accurately...

Nov 05 2020

Unwrapping Ban the Box Updates in St. Louis

The city of St. Louis wrapped up its new Ban the Box law with a bow just in time for the new year. This means all employers in St. Louis have just over a...

Oct 19 2020

Aloha! to Ban the Box Updates in Hawaii

Grab your cup of Kona coffee, and let’s catch up on hiring on island time. Riding waves of new hires under Hawaii’s existing ban the box law doesn’t have to be a grind.  If...

Oct 06 2020

Heroes Act: Where the Pandemic and Background Checks Could Intersect

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has a far-reaching impact on us all. We’ve had to monitor access to courthouse records during state closures, certainly. Verified Credentials also helps employers navigate new hiring challenges. But in...

Oct 01 2020

Into the Wild of Montana’s Disclosure Requirements

The great outdoors called to many of us in recent months. It’s been a much-needed break from at-home offices and busy homes in lockdown. Residents of Montana may have had the best views, with...

Sep 22 2020

North Carolina Firing Up Ban the Box

If you like your barbecue sauce true North Carolina style, you know it should drizzle, not stick, to what’s in the pit. A recipe isn’t always needed, but the signature style must be there....

Sep 16 2020

Macy’s Learns What’s in Store for Employers Who Engage in Discriminatory Employment Practices Using Background Report Information

Retail stores are no strangers to matters of civil rights. For decades, civil rights laws have helped keep retailers accountable for consumers’ civil rights complaints. Anti-discrimination protections extend not just to the shoppers, though....

Sep 08 2020

“Minnesota-Nice” Background Check Disclosures

Some states have their own background check disclosure laws. California, Massachusetts, and more may require disclosures, besides FCRA disclosures, before you screen (see our industry notes on these here and here). We’ve traveled coast-to-coast...

Aug 17 2020

Full Disclosure: Getting to Know Massachusetts Background Report Compliance Notices

Background checks from a background screening company start after a few basic steps. Consent forms must be signed, and disclosures presented. Once complete, we can get to work on a background report – and...

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