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U.S. Supreme Court Elects Not to Hear Ninth Circuit Decision Concerning Background Check Disclosures

December 14, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

The U.S. Supreme Court recently chose not to hear appeal concerning Syed v. M-I, LLC regarding what constitutes a "stand-alone" background check disclosure form.

Federal Court Rejects Argument that Background Check Disclosure Form is Not a Stand-alone Document

December 13, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

A federal court has ruled in favor of a plaintiff regarding what constitutes a "stand-alone" document when it comes to background check disclosure forms. Find out why this is an important development.

Avis Settles FCRA Background Check Lawsuit for $2.7 Million

December 12, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

Car rental company Avis recently settled a FCRA class action lawsuit regarding their background screening practices.

Home Depot FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Dismissed for Lack of Standing

November 2, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

A U.S. District Court dismissed a class action lawsuit against Home Depot for lack of standing because the plaintiff did not allege any concrete injury.

NYC Amends Human Rights Law Prohibiting Employers from Asking Salary History of Applicants

October 20, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

Starting on October 31, 2017, a new law prohibiting employers from asking for salary history information from job applicants goes into effect in New York City.

Recent Court Decision Finds No Standing for Lawsuit Regarding Extraneous Information on Disclosure Forms

September 25, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

The Seventh Court of Appeals recently dismissed a lawsuit that alleged a FCRA violation concerning extraneous information on background check disclosure forms.

USCIS Revised Form I-9 Now Mandatory for Employers

September 25, 2017 by Sharon Zaleski

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made revisions to the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 and employers are to start using it immediately.

California Enacts New Regulations Limiting Use of Background Checks

September 21, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

The state of California has enacted several new regulations that further limit how employers in that state use background checks when hiring.

Newly Released Information Continues to Support Need for Strong Background Screening

August 24, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

A recent survey underlined the need for employers to implement a strong applicant screening process that includes comprehensive background checks.

Career Builder Survey Show Importance of Background Screening Process with Candidates

August 24, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

Results from a recent survey shows how candidates perceive employers based on their experiences with a background screening process.

Indiana Ban the Box Order for Criminal History Now In Effect for State Employers

July 19, 2017 by Sharon Zaleski

On July 1, 2017, a ban the box order took effect in Indiana for Executive Branch state employers, which relate to the criminal history question on the job application and when background checks can be conducted.

Indiana Passes Act for School Background Checks and Child Protection

July 17, 2017 by Sharon Zaleski

On July 1, 2017, House Enrolled Act 1079 took effect in Indiana which pertains to enhanced school criminal background checks and child protection check requirements.  

Vermont Ban the Box Law for Criminal History Process Took Effect July 1, 2017

July 14, 2017 by Sharon Zaleski

The Ban the Box law in Vermont took effect July 1, 2017 and impacts the background check and criminal history process.

How Background Screening Can Offer Real Value for Nonprofits

June 23, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

Do nonprofits need background screening services as much as other organizations?  Find out what background screening can bring nonprofits or any organization.

Disclosure and Authorization Guidance for Background Checks – FTC Guidance

May 3, 2017 by Sharon Zaleski

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published important information for employers regarding background checks and using disclosure and authorization forms to comply with the FCRA.

Uber & City of Houston Continue to Discuss Value of Fingerprint Database Checks

April 25, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

The city of Houston currently mandates Uber drivers pass a background screen that includes a background check through the FBI database. Uber has argued that is unnecessary for their drivers.

U.S. Government Considering a Federal Version of Ban the Box Legislation

April 24, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

The Fair Chance Act was recently introduced with the goal to mandate government agencies and contractors to delay background checks until after employment offer made.

McDonald's Settles FCRA Class Action over Disclosure Form

April 24, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

Another class action lawsuit has been settled regarding background check disclosure forms.

Washington, D.C. Passes Law Prohibiting Use of Credit History in Hiring Decisions

March 14, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

Washington, D.C. recently passed a law prohibiting employers from using credit history information when making hiring decisions.

UPS Faces Class Action Lawsuit over Alleged FCRA Violation

February 27, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

UPS is dealing with a class action lawsuit after allegedly failing to comply with adverse action procedures as required by the FCRA.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Hands Down Decision Regarding Disclosure Forms

February 9, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

The Ninth Circuit of Appeals has decided disclosure forms including liability waivers or any other extraneous information would constitute a FCRA violation.

Starbucks Facing Class Action Lawsuit over FCRA Violation

January 19, 2017 by Chris Cornwell

Starbucks Corp. is facing a class action lawsuit over allegedly failing to follow pre-adverse action provisions in the FCRA when conducting background checks.

IntelliCorp Named a Top Background Screening Provider

November 28, 2016 by Sharon Zaleski

Intellicorp Records, Inc., a Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) business, announced it has been recognized as one of the nation’s top 13 employment screening providers on HRO (Human Resource Outsourcing) Today magazine’s 2016 Baker’s Dozen list. This marks the eighth appearance on this prestigious list for NAPBS-accredited IntelliCorp.

Marijuana Legalization Laws Make It Difficult for Some Employers to Find Qualified Candidates

November 3, 2016 by Sharon Zaleski

With several states passing marijuana legalization laws, and more considering that option, many employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find qualified candidates who can pass a drug test.

Legal Ramifications Created from Spokeo Decision Continue

November 1, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

Recently another case was dismissed due to a perceived lack of "concrete injury" from alleged privacy violations under the FCRA.

EEOC Releases New Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2017 – 2021

October 24, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

The EEOC has released their new strategic plan outlining their areas of focus when combating workplace discrimination.

New California Law Aims to Strengthen Background Checks for Uber and Lyft

October 11, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

In an effort to further regulate how ride-hailing companies screen drivers, a new law was recently signed in California that would place new requirements on companies such as Uber and Lyft.

Indiana Legislature Considering Proposal to Strengthen Background Check Laws for Teachers

September 26, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

After an investigative report criticized the background check law regarding teachers in the state of Indiana, the Indiana legislature is planning to consider a proposal that would strengthen the current law by closing the most serious loopholes.

Employers Deliberate Benefits of Checking Social Media Accounts of Applicants as States Continue to Pass Legislation

August 30, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

Checking social media accounts of applicants continues to be a controversial way for employers to evaluate candidates.

Colorado 1 of 5 States that Doesn't Require Background Check to Receive Medical License

August 22, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

The state of Colorado has been identified as 1 of 5 states that do not require a medical professional to pass a background check before receiving their doctor's license.

EEOC Raising Awareness Regarding Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

August 22, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

Recently the EEOC announced some changes on how they collect religious discrimination claims and issued a fact sheet regarding religious discrimination in an effort to raise awareness about this issue.

Lack of Volunteer Background Screening Policy at School Raised After Incident

August 19, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

After courthouse shooting it was discovered that the shooter had served as an adult volunteer at a local elementary school and had a lengthy criminal history.

State of Ohio Planning to Improve their Criminal Background Check System

August 19, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

After identifying several issues with their criminal background check system, the state of Ohio has decided to allocate almost $11 million to fixing the system.

Theft at Assisted Living Facility Raises Questions about Need for Comprehensive Background Checks

July 18, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

An employee at an assisted living center has been accused of theft at the facility. Learn how a comprehensive background check may have prevented this crime.

Colorado among Six States Who Don’t Mandate Background Checks To Receive Nursing License

June 30, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

Colorado has been identified as one of six states who do not require individuals to pass a background check prior to receiving a state nursing license.

Federal Government Charges Hundreds with Medical Fraud

June 30, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

The U.S. Justice Department has charged over 300 people with defrauding Medicare and Medicaid out of over $900 million.

Louisiana Enacts Ban the Box Law Regarding Criminal History and Criminal Background Checks

June 16, 2016 by Sharon Zaleski

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards recently signed a ban the box law pertaining to State employers, impacting when they can check on an applicants’ criminal history and conduct criminal background checks.

Recent Studies Cast Doubt on Effectiveness of 'Ban the Box' Laws

June 15, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

Two studies recently released discuss possible unintended consequences ex-offenders face because of 'ban the box' laws.

Spokeo Case Determines Plaintiff must have Concrete Injuries to Go to Court

June 9, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in the Spokeo, Inc. v. Thomas Robins case.

Connecticut Governor Signs 'Ban the Box' Law

June 9, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

The state of Connecticut has joined a growing list of states and municipalities with a 'ban the box' law which prohibits employers from asking criminal history questions on an application.

New Federal Government Policy for Public Social Media Information as Part of Background Investigation to Help Identify Security Risks

May 20, 2016 by Sharon Zaleski

Federal employees or contractors seeking to request or reapply for security clearance are now subject to having their public social media information reviewed by the government. It is now part of the background investigation process to identify security risks.

'Ban the Box' Coming to College Admissions

May 16, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

The federal government has begun to take their first steps in bringing 'ban the box' policy to the world of college admissions.

Vermont Has New Ban the Box Law for Background Check and Criminal History Process

May 9, 2016 by Sharon Zaleski

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a bill to ban the box for both public and private employers pertaining to conducting background check and learning about an applicant’s criminal history.

Now Available! Enhanced Former Last Name Product

April 29, 2016 by Sharon Zaleski

Many people have one or more former last names. Life events such as marriage and divorce result in many subjects with records associated with more than one former last name. Therefore, it’s possible that criminal records could exist under any prior name or combination of names. For example, if a person gets married and changes their name, and has a criminal record under their maiden name, the criminal record will not show up under the married name.

Tennessee Governor Signs Ban the Box Law Applying to Background Checks

April 15, 2016 by Sharon Zaleski

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam recently signed a ban the box law pertaining to State employers, impacting when they can check on an applicants’ criminal history and conduct background checks.

HUD Publishes New Guidance for Landlords Regarding Use of Background Checks

April 12, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

A new guidance has been published for landlords meant to provide best practices on how to correctly use criminal background checks when screening prospective clients.

Verisk Analytics Named to Forbes List of America's Best Employers

April 11, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) has been named to Forbes "America's Best Employers" for 2016.

Austin, Texas Has New Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance for Criminal History

April 11, 2016 by Sharon Zaleski

Austin, Texas is the first city in the state to enact a Fair Hiring Ordinance, a ban the box measure for private employers to give individuals with a criminal history a chance at employment. 

Delaware Set to Enact Law Mandating Background Checks for Summer Camp Employees

April 6, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

On April 7, 2016 the "Beau Biden Child Protection Act" goes into effect mandating background checks for summer camp employees.

Employers in Philadelphia Mandated to Display Poster in Adherence of New 'Ban the Box' Law

April 4, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

As part of the newly amended 'ban the box' law in Philadelphia, employers are mandated to display a poster on their website and premises restating the primary aspects of this law.

IntelliCorp Achieves Background Screening Credentialing Council Reaccreditation

March 15, 2016 by Sharon Zaleski

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) announced today that Intellicorp Records, Inc., a Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) business, has successfully demonstrated continued compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and is recognized as BSCC-accredited.

Philadelphia Amending 'Ban the Box' Law

March 7, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

The city of Philadelphia is amending their 'ban the box' law, bringing additional responsibilities to employers in that city.

Dave & Buster's Facing Class Action Lawsuit over Alleged FCRA Violations

March 3, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed alleging that Dave & Buster's has willfully violated FCRA regulations in their use of background checks.

Why a Fingerprint Only Database Check May Not Be Enough

January 13, 2016 by Chris Cornwell

Fingerprint database only searches may not provide the comprehensive results you require when screening candidates. Including name-based background searches can make the difference. Learn more with our whitepaper.

Portland, Oregon Passes 'Ban the Box' Ordinance

December 11, 2015 by Chris Cornwell

Portland joins a growing number of cities across the nation in passing a ‘ban the box’ law that places restrictions on when employers may ask applicants criminal history questions.

IntelliCorp Named to HRO Today Magazine’s 2015 Baker’s Dozen List of Top Background Screening Providers

December 1, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

IntelliCorp has achieved inclusion on the 2015 Baker’s Dozen list published by HRO Today magazine. This is the 7th appearance for IntelliCorp on the list, and rankings are determined by clients of background screening providers.

E-Verify Deadline – Records Over 10 Years Old Being Deleted

November 6, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

On January 1, 2016, E-Verify will be deleting records more than 10 years old. See if you need to download the Historical Records Report.

Waffle House Faces Class Action Lawsuit

October 28, 2015 by Chris Cornwell

The Waffle House is facing a lawsuit alleging FCRA violations in regards to its background screening program.

Reminder: NYC 'Ban the Box' Legislation Going into Effect October 27th

October 27, 2015 by Chris Cornwell

A new law passed by NYC Council that restricts how employers use background checks goes into effect on October 27, 2015.

Maine Enacts New Social Media Law

September 30, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

The State of Maine has a new social media law that takes effect October 15, 2015, and it impacts most employers in the state.

Proper Disclosure & Authorization

September 18, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

In the background screening industry, the front end process of conducting a background check continues to be a fertile ground for attorneys. Your best defense is to make sure you comply with the laws and industry best practices pertaining to background screening.

Alert for New York City Employers – Use of Credit History in Employment Decisions

September 17, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

New York City's new "The Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (SCDEA)" restricts employers from using credit history when making employment decisions.

Visit IntelliCorp at the Ohio HR Conference!

September 15, 2015 by Chris Cornwell

We’re rolling out the red carpet for you   Stop by Booth 7 at the Ohio HR Conference for a bow tie and chance to win a cultured pearl necklace   We look forward to seeing you there.   IntelliCorp

IntelliCorp Named to 2015 Workforce Magazine Hot List of Top Background Checking Providers

September 10, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

NAPBS accredited background screening provider IntelliCorp Records, Inc. has been named to Workforce magazine’s 2015 Hot List of Background Checking Providers for the ninth consecutive year.

Oregon Amends Social Media Law

August 25, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

Oregon recently amended the state’s original social media law to give further protection to employees and job applicants.

IntelliCorp Focuses on Supporting our Local Communities

August 17, 2015 by Chris Cornwell

Read to find out more on the various volunteering activities IntelliCorp engages in to support our communities.

Why Fingerprint Only Searches May Not Be Enough

August 7, 2015 by Chris Cornwell

More and more states are mandating employers use a fingerprint database search for applicants, especially the healthcare industry. Is a fingerprint only search enough to protect your business? Read our whitepaper on the subject.

Oregon Passes 'Ban the Box' Legislation for Private Employers

July 10, 2015 by Chris Cornwell

The Oregon Legislature recently passed a 'Ban the Box' law prohibiting criminal background questions prior to an initial interview for private employers.

Hertz Facing Litigation Concerning Background Check Procedures

June 17, 2015 by Chris Cornwell

Hertz and their background check provider are facing a possible class action lawsuit concerning how background checks were conducted for the company.

NYC Council Passes Bill Prohibiting Employers from Checking Credit History of Applicants or Employers

May 12, 2015 by Chris Cornwell

The NYC Council recently passed the "Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act", which would prohibit employers in NYC to review the credit history of any applicant or current employees.

Credit Check and Credit History Law Passed in New York City

May 12, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

The Mayor of New York City has signed a new law that prohibits most employers from using credit checks and credit history on job applicants and employees.

OSHA Publishes Revised Workplace Violence Guidelines for Healthcare and Social Service Workers

May 8, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated their publication entitled "Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers" due to the high number of significant injuries due to assault.

Ban the Box Criminal History Law Passed in Virginia

April 14, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

Virginia’s Governor has signed an Executive Order to ban the box on criminal history questions and impacts when state employers can conduct a background check.

Home Health Agency Fails to Conduct Proper Home Health Aide Background Check

April 14, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

An out-of-business home health agency in Ohio neglected to perform a thorough background check on a home health aide who committed a sexual assault on a young girl.

Victim Awarded Millions for Lack of Tenant Screening by Property Management at a Housing Complex

April 9, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

A jury awarded a shooting victim $12 million due to a housing complex property management company failing to perform tenant screening.

Arizona Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Background Checks for Hotels

April 9, 2015 by Chris Cornwell

Arizona Legislature passed a bill that would require hotels to screen employees for a sex offender status.

Oregon 'Ban the Box' Legislation has Public Hearing

March 31, 2015 by Chris Cornwell

The Oregon legislature recently had a public hearing to hear from advocates about a proposed 'ban the box' legislation.

Tyson Foods Target of Class Action Lawsuit

March 27, 2015 by Chris Cornwell

Tyson Foods is facing class action lawsuit claiming they failed to properly disclose their use of background checks during the hiring process.

Possible Lack of Background Check Prompts Lawsuit against Hotel for Security Guard with Criminal History

March 23, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

A woman who was allegedly raped by a security guard with a criminal history has filed a lawsuit against a New Orleans hotel.

Nursing Home Company Faces Federal Lawsuit Over Use of Background Checks

March 18, 2015 by Chris Cornwell

Genesis Healthcare, one of the largest nursing home chains in the U.S., is facing a federal lawsuit over improperly using background check information in a hiring decision.

Syracuse, New York Ban the Box Law for Criminal History Takes Effect March 22, 2015

March 16, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

A new criminal history ban the box law in Syracuse, New York takes effect March 22, 2015 and impacts City of Syracuse employers, contractors and vendors.

Home Healthcare Background Checks Help Prevent Health Care Fraud

March 4, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

Home healthcare agencies serve a vulnerable portion of our nation’s population. But health care fraud is a big problem in the industry, and background checks play an important role in helping to reduce that risk.

Tennessee Employers Must Abide By New Social Media Law

February 5, 2015 by Sharon Zaleski

Tennessee's new "Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014" took effect for all employers at the beginning of 2015.

New Expungement Law Goes Into Effect in Minnesota

January 29, 2015 by Chris Cornwell

A new law in Minnesota allows for some people with a criminal history to expunge their records with the goal to aid employment and housing searches.

Don't Make the Same Mistake These Companies Did, Avoid this FCRA Violation

January 23, 2015 by Chris Cornwell

Several high profile national brands have been the target of class-action lawsuits over the last few years over technicalities that violate provisions of the FCRA.

Screening Industry Pushes Back against Idea that FBI Database is Gold Standard

December 8, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

Employers should be aware that a single database, no matter how large, will not provide them all the information they need in order to make proper hiring decisions.

IntelliCorp named to HRO Today Magazine’s 2014 Baker’s Dozen List of Top Background Screening Providers

November 25, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

IntelliCorp is ranked #5 overall on the 2014 Baker’s Dozen list published by HRO Today magazine. This is the 6th appearance for IntelliCorp on this link, and rankings are determined by clients of background screening providers.

Montgomery County, Maryland Enacts Criminal History Ban the Box Law

November 24, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

Montgomery County, Maryland has a new ban the box law that takes effect January 1, 2015. It has some aspects that go beyond the FCRA.

New Study Shows Many CEOs Receive Less Background Checks than Recent Graduates

November 11, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

A recent study out of the U.K. shows that many companies scrutinize C-level executives less in the hiring process than entry level applicants.

Publix Super Markets Reaches $6.8 Million Settlement on FCRA Class Action Lawsuit

November 7, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

Publix Super Markets agrees to settle a class action lawsuit regarding alleged non-compliance with FCRA requirements.

EEOC and FTC Documents for Background Checks

November 5, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published two documents earlier this year for employment screening, one for employers and the other for consumers.

New Hampshire Enacts Social Media Privacy Law

October 30, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

The Governor of New Hampshire recently signed a new social media and electronic mail account law impacting all New Hampshire employers. The law is currently in effect.

Ban the Box Criminal History Law Passed in Atlanta, Georgia

October 28, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

The City of Atlanta, Georgia City Council has passed a ban the box ordinance that removes the check box from employment applications and gives individuals with a prior criminal history a fair chance at employment.

Released Opinion on CVS Health Lawsuit Rings Hollow to Employers

October 28, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

The written opinion of the judge who dismissed a lawsuit against CVS Health was released and many have found what was written surprising.

Dollar General Reaches Settlement over Class Action Lawsuit

October 28, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

Dollar General recently reached a settlement for $4 million regarding alleged violations of the FCRA.

Congress Considering Three Separate Bills Meant to Add More Transparency and Accountability to EEOC

September 26, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering three reform-minded bills meant to introduce more transparency and accountability with the EEOC.

Judge Dismisses EEOC Lawsuit against CVS

September 25, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

A federal judge recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by the EEOC against CVS Health. The lawsuit contended that the severance agreement used by CVS interfered with departing employees rights to file discrimination claims.

IntelliCorp Named to 2014 Workforce Magazine Hot List of Top Background Checking Providers

September 23, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

Background screening solutions and services provider IntelliCorp Records, Inc. has been named to Workforce magazine’s Hot List of Background Checking Providers for the eighth consecutive year.

Washington D.C. Mayor Passes Criminal History Ban the Box Law

September 17, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

Washington D.C.’s Mayor recently signed legislation to ban the box for public and private employers pertaining to criminal history and background checks.

Employers See an Increase in FCRA Class Action Lawsuits

August 27, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

FCRA class action lawsuits against employers continue to increase in number. What are the common mistakes employers make and what can they do to prevent them?

Be Sure to Follow Background Check Best Practices

August 5, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

Background screening is an increasingly complicated process for organizations. It's important to understand the best practices to remain compliant.

U.S. Congress Debating Criminal Background Check Bill

July 30, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

A bill in Congress is currently being debated that would expand the background checks necessary to work with children in school districts.

Illinois Governor Signs Criminal History Ban the Box Law for Private Employers

July 28, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a criminal history ban the box law impacting private employers.

EEOC Releases New Guidance for Employers Regarding Pregnancy Discrimination

July 28, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

The EEOC has recently released a new guidance covering pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.

Both EEOC & FTC Release Documents Regarding Background Check Process & Compliancy

July 10, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

The EEOC and FTC have co-authored documents meant to provide guidance and instruction for employers and applicants/employees in the background check process.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Releases Report Critical of EEOC Enforcement Strategies

June 24, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a 25 page report detailing what they consider unreasonable enforcement strategies utilized by the EEOC.

Illinois 'Ban the Box' Legislation Passes Affecting Private Employers in State

June 12, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

The Illinois Legislature has passed a 'ban the box' law affecting private employers that prohibits the asking of criminal history questions in the application.

10 States Still Do Not Require Background Checks for Home Health Care Workers

June 4, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

Ten states have been identified as lacking mandates requiring home health care employers to perform background checks on employees.

Tennessee Enacts New Social Media and Personal Internet Account Law

June 4, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

The Governor of Tennessee recently signed a new social media and personal internet account law impacting all Tennessee employers. It takes effect January 1, 2015.

Louisiana Governor Signs Social Media Law Regarding Personal Social Media Accounts

June 4, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

A new social media privacy law in Louisiana is enacted that prohibits employers and educational institutions from requesting access to employee or student personal social media accounts. 

Rochester, New York City Council Passes Ban the Box Law on Criminal History

May 30, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

Legislation recently passed in Rochester, New York that prohibits public and private employers in the city from asking applicants upfront about criminal history.

EEOC Plans to Continue Aggressive Enforcement & Litigation Strategy through 2014

May 22, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

After winning $372 million in workplace discrimination lawsuits in 2013, the EEOC has every intention of continuing their aggressive strategies in 2014.

Survey Shows Employers May Not Be Interested in Social Media Accounts

May 21, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

The results of a survey show that many employers do not use the information contained in a social media account with making hiring decisions.

Minnesota Set to Implement New Law Requiring Expanded Background Screening for Caregivers

May 15, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

The Minnesota DHS is set to implement new requirements for background screening for caregivers, including fingerprinting.

EEOC Files Lawsuit against AutoZone for Disability Discrimination

May 15, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

For the fourth time the EEOC has filed suit against AutoZone for engaging in alleged disability discrimination.

Baltimore City Council Passes Ordinance to Ban the Box on Criminal Records

May 14, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

Now awaiting the Mayor’s signature, Baltimore City Council has passed a ban the box ordinance regarding the use of criminal records.

Delaware Passes Ban the Box Law for Government Employers

May 14, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

Delaware’s Governor recently signed legislation to ban the box for state and local government employers pertaining to background checks and credit history reports.

Indianapolis, Indiana Passes Ordinance to Ban the Box on Criminal History

May 13, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

On June 5, 2014, a ban the box ordinance takes effect in Indianapolis, Indiana regarding the use of an applicant’s criminal history.

Be Careful When Utilizing Medical History Information During Hiring Process

May 5, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

Recent cases brought by the EEOC highlight the need for employers to be careful when using medical history information when making hiring decisions.

Wisconsin Passes Social Media Privacy Law for Social Media Accounts

April 29, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

A new social media privacy law in Wisconsin is in effect that prohibits employers from accessing job applicant and employee personal social media accounts.

Nebraska Passes Criminal History Ban the Box Law for Public Employers

April 25, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

The State of Nebraska has enacted a new law that includes a criminal history ban the box provision for public employers, but they can still conduct criminal background checks.

Proposed Class Action Lawsuit Highlights Need for FCRA Compliance

April 23, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

Whole Foods Market California may be facing a class action lawsuit regarding alleged FCRA non-compliance with how authorization forms are provided to applicants.

EEOC Suffers Setbacks in Recent Court Decisions

April 16, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

A recent court decision in a case against Kaplan Higher Education Corp. may cause the EEOC to reconsider litigation strategies when trying to prove disparate impact.

San Francisco Ban the Box Notice Now Available

April 14, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

An English version of the San Francisco Ban the Box notice is now available for employers.

State of Florida Considering Bill to Mandate Background Checks for Youth Athletic Volunteers

April 3, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

There is a bill in the Florida legislature that would require background checks for adult volunteers in youth athletic leagues.

EEOC and FTC Team Up to Provide Employment Screening Tips

March 21, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have release two guidance documents for employment screening, one for employers and the other for consumers.

EEOC Holds Public Hearing About the Use of Social Media in Workplace

March 20, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

With the use of social media continuing to rise, the EEOC held a public hearing discussing what employers need to be aware of to remain in compliance with discrimination laws.

EEOC Issues Guidance Regarding Religious Dress and Grooming in Workplace

March 12, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

After a legal victory last year concerning the wearing of religious garb in the workplace, the EEOC has issued a new guidance on the subject.

Medical Device Maker Facing EEOC Lawsuit over Alleged Hiring Bias

March 12, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

A medical device maker in Minnesota is disputing charges of gender and age bias in their hiring practices.

San Francisco Ordinance Limits How Employers Use Background Checks

March 4, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

The city of San Francisco has passed an ordinance that would “ban the box” on all job applications, and only allow an inquiry into acriminal history until after an interview has been conducted. 

School Districts in Pennsylvania Begin to Sign Up for State's New Background Check Law

March 4, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

Last year Pennsylvania passed a law mandating a more comprehensive background check for all school employees. School districts in that state are now beginning to implement those changes.

Proposed New Jersey Law Would Restrict Use of Credit Reports

February 24, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

Legislation has recently been introduced in New Jersey that would prohibit employers from using credit reports in the hiring process, but there are exceptions.

Social Media Privacy Laws Proposed in Florida and West Virginia

February 13, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

Florida and West Virginia have new social media privacy laws moving through each state’s legislature.

Ban the Box Criminal History Laws Being Considered in Arizona, Florida and Georgia

February 13, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

Arizona, Florida and Georgia have introduced proposed ban the box legislation that would remove the criminal history question from the job application and require employers to wait until later in the hiring process ask about criminal convictions.

JPMorgan Chase Settles Lawsuit with EEOC over Sexual Discrimination

February 7, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

JPMorgan Chase recently settled a lawsuit that alleged sexual discrimination by supervisory staff to female mortgage bankers in an office ner Columbus, Ohio.

Delaware Considering Ban the Box Law for Government Employers

January 30, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

The Delaware House recently voted to pass ban the box legislation for state and local government agencies pertaining to criminal background checks.

EEOC Focused on Systemic Discrimination Cases in 2013

January 17, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

The EEOC fulfilled their promise that there would be a renewed focus on systemic discrimination in 2013.

First EEOC Lawsuit Concerning GINA Settled

January 15, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

The EEOC recently settled their first case related to GINA(Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act).

Should Employers Utilize Social Media When Screening Job Applicants?

January 14, 2014 by Chris Cornwell

With as popular as social media is, employers are tempted to gain access to the accounts of prospective employees to learn more. Is this a good idea?

New Hampshire Law Takes Effect for Camp Criminal Background Checks

January 8, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

A New Hampshire law took effect January 1, 2014 that requires criminal background checks for camp employees and volunteers.

Georgia Daycare Fingerprinting Law Takes Effect

January 8, 2014 by Sharon Zaleski

The new Georgia daycare law went into effect January 1, 2014 and now requires fingerprinting background checks for all daycare workers.

EEOC Pursues Non-Traditional Discrimination Cases

December 18, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

The EEOC continues to expand what they consider discriminatory practices with recent cases.

Officials in Pennsylvania Contemplating the Value of Re-Screening School Employees

December 12, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

After an incident in a Pennsylvania school district, officials are considering the value of instituting re-screening procedures for employees.

City of Baltimore to Consider Enacting Ban the Box Ordinance

December 12, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

The city of Baltimore recently began consideration of a "ban the box" initiative that would prohibit employers from asking any criminal history questions in an application.

States Trying to Mandate Background Screening for Home Health Aides

December 10, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

More states are passing laws requiring background checks for home health aides and home care aides in an effort to add safeguards for their clients.

Minnesota Ban the Box Law Takes Effect January 1, 2014

December 6, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Starting January 1, 2014, Minnesota employers must comply with a new ban the box law, which includes removing the criminal history question from job applications.

Montana Set to Mandate School Districts Conduct Background Checks on Bus Drivers

December 5, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

Montana is in the process of creating a rule that mandates criminal background checks for all school bus drivers.

City of Hartford Almost Hires Person with Criminal History without Background Check

December 4, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

An appointee from the Mayor's office in Hartford had to decline a new post after it was revealed he had several criminal convictions.

Reminder New Jersey Social Media Privacy Law Now In Effect

December 4, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

As of December 1, 2013, New Jersey Employers must comply with new social media privacy law.

New Law in Oklahoma Requires Additional Background Checks for Daycare Employees

December 3, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

A new law in Oklahoma has recently gone into effect that requires additional background screening for any individuals who work with children in daycare facilities.

EEOC Begins to Target Staffing Firms for Discriminatory Practices

November 25, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

Understand what staffing firms need to know regarding their placement policies to avoid EEOC lawsuits.

Minnesota DHS Finds Up to 107 Nurses with Criminal Histories

November 22, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

The Minnesota Department of Human Services was recently alerted to the fact that up to 107 licensed nurses have criminal histories that would disqualify them from direct patient care.

E-Verify System Enhancement for Social Security Numbers Helps Fight Identity Theft

November 22, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a system enhancement to E-Verify that will help prevent identity theft and protect Social Security numbers.

Michigan Considering Criminal History Ban the Box Law

November 19, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

The state of Michigan is considering proposed ban the box legislation to help job applicants with a criminal history find employment.

Wisconsin May Soon Have Social Media Privacy Bill for Social Media Accounts

November 19, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

The Wisconsin State Senate recently passed a social media privacy bill for social media accounts and now it’s awaiting a vote by the State Assembly.

Lucas County, Ohio Enacts Ban the Box Ordinance for Criminal History Question

November 13, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

A recently enacted measure in Lucas County, Ohio removes the criminal history question from county job applications asking about a criminal record.

Representative in Rhode Island Seeking Nationwide Background Checks for School Bus Drivers and Monitors

November 13, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Rhode Island State Representative Anthony Giarusso will be introducing legislation to require nationwide background checks for all school bus drivers and monitors in the state.

State of Texas Files Lawsuit Against EEOC Over Criminal Background Check Practices

November 12, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

The State of Texas has filed suit against the EEOC over their criminal background check guidance released last year, maintaining it violates Texas state law.

Rhode Island Has New Guidelines for Social Media Use by Physicians

November 12, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

The Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline recently established new guidelines for physicians regarding social media use and social networking.

Retailer Target to Remove Criminal History Question from all Applications

November 7, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

Minneapolis-based Target has decided to remove the criminal history question from applications for all its stores.

Pennsylvania Legislature Considering Law to Mandate Drug Testing for School Employees

November 5, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

The House of Representatives in Pennsylvania is currently considering a bill that would require drug testing for all applicants who recieve a conditional offer of employment.

Congress Considering Bill to Prohibit Sex Offenders and Violent Felons from Working in Schools

October 25, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

The U.S. Congress is considering a bill to prohibit schools from employing people with violent felonies and sex offenses against children.

Rhode Island Seeing Demand for Criminal Background Checks Rise

October 23, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

The state of Rhode Island is experiencing a rise in demand for background checks due to new legislation mandating their use for various professions as well as the increased adoption by private employers.

Illinois Governor Signs Administrative Ban the Box Order for State Employers

October 22, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

A ban the box administrative order was recently passed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to ban the box for state government employers. But they can still conduct employment background checks.

California Passes Home Care Agencies Law for Employee Background Checks

October 22, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a law for the protection of older citizens and people with disabilities, and private home care agencies must conduct employee background checks.

California Governor Signs Ban the Box Bill into Law

October 22, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

California has a new law mandating all state and local government agencies remove the criminal history question from all job applications.

North Carolina Passes Additional E-Verify Law

October 14, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Despite Governor Pat McCrory’s veto, the North Carolina General Assembly has passed additional E-Verify legislation that changes and clarifies the original law enacted back in 2011.

Kentucky Lawmakers Consider Making New Background Check Regulation Mandatory

October 11, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

Kentucky lawmakers plan to consider making a multi-state background check program mandatory for all long-term care facilities.

IntelliCorp Named to 2013 Workforce Management Hot List of Employment Screening Providers

October 9, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

For the 7th straight year, IntelliCorp has been included in the Workforce Management 2013 Hot List of top employment screening providers.

New Jersey Passes Social Media Privacy Law Affecting New Jersey Employers

September 16, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Starting December 1, 2013, New Jersey employers must comply with a recently enacted social media privacy law.

California Youth Sports Bill Enacted to Protect Children in Youth Sports Groups

September 4, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

A youth sports bill has been passed in California that requires and authorizes youth sports groups to conduct background checks to protect children.

Oregon Enacts Social Media Legislation for Social Media Privacy

August 26, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

The Governor of Oregon recently signed social media legislation pertaining to social media privacy for job applicants and employees.

BMW Requests Judge to Dismiss EEOC Lawsuit

August 21, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

BMW has submitted court filings asking a judge to dismiss an EEOC lawsuit that alleges racial discrimination in their hiring practices.

State of Maine Updates Consumer Reporting Law to Align with FCRA

August 20, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

The State of Maine recently updated their consumer reporting law to align more closely with the FCRA.

Colorado Enacts Elder Abuse Law

August 19, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

The state of Colorado has passed a new Elder Abuse Law. It takes effect in 2014 and is designed to strengthen the protection of “at-risk elders.”

Richmond, California Passes Ordinance to Ban the Box on Criminal History

August 19, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

In September 2013, a new ban the box ordinance takes effect in Richmond, California regarding criminal history and employment screening.

FTC Revised COPPA Rule Takes Effect for Businesses and Organizations to Further Protect Children

August 1, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) revised Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA Rule) took effect July 1, 2013, and businesses and organizations that must adhere to COPPA should make sure they comply.

Buffalo, New York Enacts Ban the Box Ordinance for Criminal History Question

August 1, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Legislation recently passed in Buffalo, New York that prohibits employers in the city from asking applicants upfront about criminal history.

Nine State Attorney Generals Urge EEOC to Reconsider Lawsuits

July 29, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

Nine state attorney generals have asked the EEOC to reconsider recent lawsuits concerning the use of criminal background checks in the hiring process.

Two Daycare Owners in Trouble for Not Conducting Background Checks on Employees

July 25, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

Two Florida daycare owners are facing criminal charges for not conducting background checks on their employees.

Rhode Island Passes Ban the Box Legislation for Public and Private Employers

July 23, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Ban the box legislation has been passed in Rhode Island which will prohibit public and private employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal history in employment applications and initial interviews.

J.B. Hunt Transport Settles with EEOC over Discrimination Case

July 11, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

J.B. Hunt Transport recently agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the EEOC over a case of discrimination in their hiring practices.

Maine House of Representatives Passes Bill Allowing for Expungement of Some Crimes

July 2, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

A bill allowing for the expungement of some low level misdemeanors is working itself through the Maine Legislature. This is part of a national trend to provide opportunities for people to seal criminal records from employers.

On July 1, 2013 Georgia and North Carolina Employers Subject to E-Verify Laws

July 2, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

The final phases of E-Verify laws in Georgia and North Carolina take effect July 1, 2013 and employers in those states must start using E-Verify.

Texas Enacts Law to Protect Texas Employers from Negligent Hiring

June 25, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Starting September 1, 2013 Texas employers will have some protection from negligent hiring when retaining people with a criminal history.

University of Michigan Alters Background Check Policy

June 20, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

TheUniversity of Michigan has recently made changes to their pre-employment background check policy in an effort to make if more comprehensive and ensure the hiring of qualified individuals and promote a safe work environment.

EEOC Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against BMW

June 20, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

The EEOC has recently filed a lawsuit against BMW for background check practices that the EEOC claims disproportionally impacted Africian-Americans.

Arizona Passes Law Mandating Drug Testing for all Limousine and Taxi Drivers

June 18, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

Arizona legislators have recently passed a law requiring all taxi and limousine drivers to pass a pre-employment drug test as well as annual drug testing afterwards.

Delaware Considering Bill Prohibiting Public Employers from Using Criminal Record or Credit History Information Prior to Job Offer

June 18, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

The Delaware legislature is currently considering a bill that would restrict use of criminal background checks and credit history reports before a job offer is made.

Seattle City Council Restricts Employer Background Checks with Job Assistance Bill

June 18, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

A new Job Assistance Bill enacted by Seattle City Council effects the use of employer background checks and criminal history considerations for Seattle employers starting November 1, 2013.

Minnesota Department of Human Rights Offers Ban the Box Toolkit to Help Minnesota Employers

June 13, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

To assist Minnesota employers, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights is providing a toolkit on the recently enacted Ban the Box legislation which takes effect January 1, 2014.

Social Media Legislation Regarding Social Media Content Affects State of Washington Employers

June 7, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

The State of Washington recently passed social media legislation that prohibits Washington employers from asking applicants and employees about their social networking accounts and social media content. However, a couple of exceptions are built into the law.

New Law Restricts Use of Consumer Credit Reports for Nevada Employers

June 7, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Effective October 1, 2013 Nevada employers will be prohibited from using consumer credit reports  and credit information when making employment decisions, but there are exceptions.

Arkansas Employers Restricted Under New Social Media Privacy Law

June 7, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Due to a recently enacted social media privacy law, Arkansas employers are prohibited from asking or requesting a current employee or job applicant to disclose social media username or password information.

EEOC Updates Guidelines for Employment Rights of People with Specific Disabilities

May 22, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has provided revised guidance pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition change of disability, which includes people with cancer, diabetes, epilepsy and intellectual challenges.

Minnesota Passes Ban the Box Legislation on Employment Applications

May 17, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Minnesota passes Ban the Box legislation for private employers to remove criminal history questions from employment applications.

Maryland Passes New Ban the Box Legislation on Job Applications

May 9, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Maryland passes Ban the Box legislation to remove criminal record and criminal history questions from job applications, but for State Government employers only.

Georgia Governor Signs Law Expanding Background Checks for Child Care Workers

May 9, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently signed a bill into law that would expand background checks for child care workers beyond a state only check.

New Colorado Law Restricts Use of Credit Reports for Employment Decisions

May 7, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Starting July 1, 2013 Colorado Employers will be prohibited from using credit reports when making employment decisions, but there are exceptions.

Awesome Story about Resume Fraud and Background Check

April 29, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Failure to conduct a background check and resume fraud causes an Awesome problem.

Kansas City Adopts Ban the Box Measure for City Job Applications

April 23, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

Kansas City has recently adopted a "ban the box" measure for all city job applications. The intent is to provide past offenders better opportunities in finding employment.

Civil Suit Filed Against Winfield Rubber for Violating EEOC

April 22, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

According to the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Winfield Rubber violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is now faced with a civil suit.

Indiana Considers Expanding Criminal Record Expungements

April 17, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

Indiana is currently discussing a bill that would expand the number of eligible offenses that may be expunged.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Releases Identity Theft Online Video

April 16, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently released a new online video to help identity theft victims.

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) Criminal Background Checks Are Not Required In All States

April 16, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

In Iowa and other states, criminal background checks are not required for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and lack of knowledge about someone’s criminal history can be a problem. 

California Background Screening Bill Introduced For Youth Sports Leagues

April 8, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Proposed legislation has been introduced in California that would require youth sports leagues to conduct background screening on youth sports coaches and volunteers.

New Jersey Proposed Legislation to Ban the Box for Criminal Records

March 26, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Legislation has been proposed in New Jersey that would ban the box and prohibit New Jersey employers from asking applicants upfront about criminal records.

Nationwide Background Checks for All Georgia Daycare Workers

March 25, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

The Georgia State Senate passed legislation requiring nationwide background checks for all daycare workers, and now it’s waiting on Governor Nathan Deal’s signature to become law.

Proposed Texas legislation Would Limit Employer Liability

March 21, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Legislation has been introduced in Texas that would limit employer liability for companies who hire individuals with criminal convictions.

Rhode Island Considering Criminal History Ban The Box Legislation

March 21, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

Legislation has been introduced in Rhode Island to ban the box on job applications that would prohibit employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal history in employment applications and initial interviews.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

March 21, 2013 by Sharon Zaleski

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made revisions to the Employment Eligibility Verification FormI-9. The new Form I-9 has several new features and enhancements designed to minimize errors when completing the form.

Ohio Strengthens Regulations Concerning Background Checks for Home Health Care Workers

January 17, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

New regulations in Ohio have made criminal background checks more frequent and extensive for home health care workers.

Michigan Enacts New Law Prohibiting Employers from Asking for Social Media Passwords

January 8, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

Michigan recently enacted a new law protecting the social media accounts of applicants and employees by prohibiting employers from asking for access.

EEOC Releases Strategic Enforcement Plan Outlining their Priorities through 2016

January 3, 2013 by Chris Cornwell

The EEOC recently released a Strategic Enforcement Plan which includes their top six priorities in terms enforcement.

IntelliCorp named to 2012 Baker's Dozen list of top background screening providers by HRO Today

November 29, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

IntelliCorp has been named to the 2012 Baker’s Dozen for top background screening providers.  The rankings are based solely on feedback from buyers of background screening services.

California enacts law to protect children in the entertainment industry

October 3, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

The state of California enacted a law requiring criminal background checks for any person who works unsupervised with children in the entertainment industry.

EEOC Releases Draft Plan that would Shift Enforcement Paradigm

September 25, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

The EEOC has recently released a draft strategic enforcement plan that will shift the emphasis from complaint-driven to priority-driven cases.

Illinois Governor signs bill preventing employers from asking for social media passwords

September 4, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

Illinois has passed a bill forbidding employers from asking for passwords to social media accounts from applicants during the hiring process.

Some businesses expressing confusion over latest EEOC guidance on use of criminal background checks

August 28, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

When the EEOC issued an update to their guidance on the use of criminal background checks in the hiring process, many businesses were left unsure on how to proceed and remain compliant with the EEOC.

Missouri passes provision allowing people to expunge criminal records

August 22, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

The state of Missouri recently passed a provision that allows individuals to expunge non-violent and druge crimes.

Is screening applicants using social media networks the best policy?

August 21, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

A recent study concluded that using social media networks as part of a screening process may drive away quality candidates from accepting job offers.

Governor Scott of Florida backs off proposed E-Verify requirement

August 20, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

The governor of Florida has backed off his proposal to require the use of the E-Verify system by Florida businesses, claiming that it would place them at a competitive disadvantage.

Vermont law restricting use of credit information in hiring process goes into effect July 1

June 19, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

Vermont has joined seven other states in the restriction of how credit information is used in the hiring process.

Tips on how to identify a fake resume

June 13, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

Identifying a resume with false information is vital for human resource professionals as they screen applicants.

California lawmakers attempt to assist job search of ex-felons

June 4, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

California lawmakers have 3 bills in the legislature each dealing with different aspects of the challenges ex-felons face while search for employment.

Small business discovers need for more comprehensive background checks on employees

May 24, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

A small business recently discovered that one of their employees had an extensive criminal history that included sexual offenses.  The individual had not registered as a sex offender in his county of residence and was arrested.

Yahoo CEO Caught Lying on Resume

May 17, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

The new CEO of Yahoo has been under scrutiny as news leaked his resume listed a degree he never earned.  Now Yahoo is trying to decide whether he should be fired.

IntelliCorp named to 2012 Hot List by Workforce Management

May 14, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

IntelliCorp has been named to Workforce Management’s 2012 Hot List for background checking providers.

Best practices from the EEOC guidance document on use of criminal background information

May 10, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

As part of the latest guidance document from the EEOC on employer use of criminal background information in employment decisions, the EEOC included several best practices for employers to consider when using that information.

Overview of new EEOC guidance regarding use of criminal background information

May 9, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

The EEOC released a new guidance document concerning employer’s use of criminal background information in the hiring process.  It is important to understand what has changed and how it affects your business.

EEOC Issues New Guidance Document on How Employers Use Criminal Background Checks

April 30, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

The EEOC has released a new guidance document regarding how employers may use criminal background checks in the hiring process.

Maryland ready to become first state to pass social media password protection bill

April 26, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

Maryland is poised to pass first ever social media password protection bill banning employers from asking for account login information.

Background Check Requirement for People Who Work with Child Actors Gains Steam

April 23, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

Former child actors are teaming up to support a bill in the California Assembly that would require criminal background checks and fingerprinting of any people who work with child actors.

Sexual Harassment Policy won't Work unless it's put into Practice

April 19, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

The International House of Pancakes lost a appeal to a recent court decision that found them liable for the sexual harassment of two teen-aged employees by a supervisor even though a formal policy against sexual harassment was in place.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Expresses Concern over Impending Release of EEOC Guidance Documents

April 16, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently sent a letter to EEOC expressing concern over two guidance documents covering the use of criminal and credit history during hiring process.

More Changes Upcoming for Employers Using CORI Background Checks

April 12, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

More changes to the Massachusetts 2010 CORI law are scheduled to go into effect in May.

ACLU warns Virginia State Police on social media checks

April 9, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

ACLU has recently warned Virginia State Police that their practice of checking social media accounts of applicants may violate federal law.

EEOC Sues OfficeMax for Retaliatory Conduct against Employee

April 4, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

The EEOC filed suit against OfficeMax on behalf of former employee who made charges of racial discrimination and was then a subject of retaliation by store manager.

Rhode Island Legislature Contemplating Bill to Regulate Use of Credit History Reports in Hiring Process

March 22, 2012 by Sharon Zaleski

Rhode Island law-makers are considering a new bill that would regulate how credit history reports are used during the hiring process.

State and Agency Employees Who Work with Children Required to Submit Background Check

March 19, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

There has been a recent trend among government legislatures and agencies to enact laws and regulations requiring their employees, contractors, and volunteers to pass criminal background checks.  The goal is to ensure that no person who comes into contact with

Should companies be allowed to use credit history reports when screening applicants?

March 14, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

State legislatures are considering whether companies have the right to use an applicant’s credit history during screening process.

Is a Facebook Score in Your Future?

March 12, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

Researchers have recently come up with a “Facebook score” to predict the job success of job applicants.

Social Media's Place in the Hiring Process Still Under Review

March 6, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

Should social media be used by HR departments in the hiring process?  Governments and companies are still wrestling with the idea of what information should be permissible to use.

Ohio Considering Eliminating Criminal History Question from Applications

February 27, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

Ohio is considering eliminating the criminal history question from state applications in an effort to create a more level playing field for past offenders looking for work.

Mother of Slain 7-Year Old Suing Apartment Complex over Insufficient Background Check

February 24, 2012 by Sharon Zaleski

A case and subsequent lawsuit in Cherokee County, Georgia has been receiving recent publicity about whether a comprehensive background check was completed when an apartment complex hired a maintenance worker.  Back in December, a 7 year old girl at the

FTC Issues Warning Letters to Companies over Mobile Background Checking Apps

February 17, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

FTC has issued warning letters to six companies who are makers of mobile background checking apps asking them to review their policies to ensure they are following all FCRA regulations.

Background Checks for Volunteers Becoming Commonplace

February 17, 2012 by Chris Cornwell

Organizations who utilize volunteers are beginning to adopt the practice of using background checks to screen them.  The risks have become too high to this formal process.

Discrimination Is A Big “No No” Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

February 8, 2012 by Sharon Zaleski

Based on some recent news stories, employers may want to review their company policies against discrimination. If you’re an employer with 15 or more employees, you need to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Learn more.

Pepsi Reaches $3.1 Million Settlement with EEOC Due To Racial Discrimination

January 18, 2012 by Sharon Zaleski

Pepsi has reached a $3.1 million settlement with the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) due to racial discrimination and poor hiring practices. Learn more and consider revisiting your background check policies.

Will E-Verify Be Mandated for All Florida Businesses as Part of Immigration Reform?

January 18, 2012 by Sharon Zaleski

While the Florida Legislature failed to adopt immigration reform in 2011, the issue is on the table once again in 2012. Legislation has been introduced to require all Florida Businesses to use E-Verify. Learn more.

New Proposed Pennsylvania Law to Protect Healthcare Workers from Workplace Violence

January 13, 2012 by Sharon Zaleski

Proposed House Bill 1992 in Pennsylvania is designed to protect healthcare workers and nurses from workplace violence. The Health Care Facilities Workplace Violence Prevention Act was created to improve workplace safety in response to the rise in workplace violence incidents. Learn more.

New Alabama Law HB56 Mandates Employers Use E-Verify(2)

January 10, 2012 by Sharon Zaleski

In two separate phases, new Alabama Law HB56 goes into effect for all employers mandating the use of E-Verify. If you’re an Alabama business, you need to learn more.

National Practitioner Databank (NPDB) Important to Idaho and Board of Medicine

January 6, 2012 by Sharon Zaleski

The National Practitioner Databank is aggressively used in Idaho by the Board of Medicine. Find out why the NPDB is so important to healthcare quality.

Texas Roadhouse Committing Age Discrimination in Hiring Practices Says EEOC

January 6, 2012 by Sharon Zaleski

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit against Texas Roadhouse. They are alleging Texas Roadhouse commits age discrimination against people over 40 when hiring employees for visible positions at the restaurant chain, and only hire younger workers.

Facebook settles Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Privacy Charges

January 6, 2012 by Sharon Zaleski

Social media giant Facebook has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over privacy charges. Read about what Facebook has to do as part of the agreement.

California Employers — New Law for Credit Reports Takes Effect January 1, 2012

January 6, 2012 by Sharon Zaleski

On January 1, 2012, California employers must adhere to Assembly Bill 22 (AB 22) which restricts the use of Credit Reports when making employment decisions.

Richard Blumenthal introduces Internet Abuse, Stalking, and Domestic Violence Prevention Act

December 29, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

To help combat the problem of internet stalking and domestic violence, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has introduced S. 1923, the Internet Abuse, Stalking, and Domestic Violence Prevention Act of 2011. Learn more and read a copy of the proposed legislation.

Social Security Numbers of Deceased Children Being Stolen By Criminals

December 29, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Congressman Johnson (R-TX) has introduced Keeping IDs Safe Act of 2011 because criminals are stealing Social Security Numbers of deceased children and falsely claiming them on their tax returns.

What Are You Doing About Workplace Violence, Workplace Safety & Employer Liability?

December 29, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Learn the different types of workplace violence and what you can do to promote workplace safety and reduce employer liability. Workplace violence prevention is important to keeping employees and your business safe.

California Senate Bill 909 Impacts California Employers and Background Check Disclosure Form

December 29, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Effective January 1st, 2012, California Employers must comply with California Senate Bill 909 and update the background check disclosure form. Learn more.

EEOC Receives Record Number of Discrimination Cases — Update Your Workplace Discrimination Policy

November 30, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

According to the EEOC press release, they’ve received a record number of discrimination charges in 2011. Make sure you don’t discriminate, check your harassment policy and comply with EEOC guidelines.

Information Breach in North Carolina Caused By Dishonest Employee

November 14, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Premier Imaging in North Carolina suffered an information breach by a dishonest employee that took 47 patient records.

Debt Collector Drama Continues in Minnesota with Debt Collection Agencies

November 10, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Get the latest news on the debt collector saga that’s happening in Minnesota with various debt collection agencies!

A Tenant Background Check Helps Avoid Landlord and Tenant Problems Caused By Bad Tenants

November 10, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

If you’re a landlord, learn about how a tenant background check helps you reduce landlord and tenant problems cause by bad tenants. Tenant screening is available to help landlords eliminate risky tenants.

Employee Drug Testing Programs and Drug Testing Employees Helps Reduce Workplace Drug Use

November 10, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Workplace drug use continues to be a big problem. Create an employee drug testing program for drug testing employees to help stop employee drug use.

A Case of Employee Theft Leaves Someone Mad About Internal Theft

November 3, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Learn about theft prevention and how someone is mad about being a victim of employee theft. Theft prevention can help prevent your business reduce internal theft.

AT&T Settles EEOC Lawsuit on Age Discrimination

October 28, 2011 by Mark Harr

Back in 2009, the EEOC filed a suit against AT&T that alleged age discrimination against former workers seeking rehire. On October 25, 2011 the age discrimination lawsuit was finally settled.

North Carolina Former DMV Worker Accused of Identity Theft Had Criminal History

October 25, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Check this out. A woman in North Carolina who worked at the DMV is accused of identity theft, fraud and forgery. She has a criminal history, and a background check wasn’t conducted before she was hired.

Changes to Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act Benefits Employers

October 20, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

If you’re an Oklahoma employer and have a drug testing policy, learn how you’ll benefit from the changes to the Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act that take effect November 1, 2011.

California Governor Signs Sex Offender Bill for Sex Offenses Out-Of-State

October 17, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

California may be getting a little safer. Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 622 to require out-of-state sex offenders to register in that state.

California Governor Signs AB 22 to Restrict Use of Pre-Employment Credit Reports(2)

October 17, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

On October 10, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 22 that restricts employers from using pre-employment credit reports to make hiring decisions. However, the bill does have some credit report exceptions.

Employee with Theft History Steals $252,000 from Business

September 28, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

A company hired a bookkeeper that stole $252,000 before getting caught. Employee theft is a major problem in the workplace.

New York City Government to Ban the Box for Criminal Convictions(2)

September 27, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed an Executive Order to Ban the Box on Criminal Convictions for NYC government jobs.

Cumberland County North Carolina Passes Ban The Box For Criminal History Questions

September 22, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Cumberland County Commissioners in North Carolina have approved to “ban the box” on job application forms. Criminal history questions will wait until later in the hiring process.

California Legislature Passes AB 22 to Limit Use of Pre-Employment Credit Reports

September 19, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Last week, the California Legislature Passed AB 22 to prohibit employers from using pre-employment credit reports to make hiring decisions. However, there are some credit report exceptions in the bill.

New Jersey School Board Member Loses Seat Due To Criminal Conviction

September 19, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

A criminal background check on a New Jersey school board member reveals a drug conviction. The board member has lost his seat on the Atlantic City Board of Education.

Church Background Checks Help Prevent Child Abuse

September 19, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Learn how church background checks help churches prevent child abuse and keep a congregation safe from criminals and abusers.

Background Checks and Simon Cowell’s New Red and Black TV Show

September 9, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

The Red and Black show’s first big money winner has criminal record and served time in prison. Should contestants undergo background checks to be on a TV show?

Workplace Bullying and Workplace Violence Are A Major Problem for Adults

August 30, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Bullying is a major issue in today’s workplace for employees. Learn more about workplace bullying and workplace violence and get tips for your business.

I9 and E-Verify Now Available To Help You Maintain a Compliant and Legal Workforce!

August 30, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Switch to an electronic method for all your I9 and E-Verify needs and get rid of the cumbersome process of manual I9 verifications. Help ensure your business has a legal workforce.

Internet Dating Site Now Screening for Sex Offenders

August 26, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

A California woman has settled her lawsuit with online dating site because they are now screening for sex offenders and sexual predators.

New Illinois School Bus Driver Law Is Zero Tolerance

August 26, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

On January 1, 2012 a new “zero tolerance” drug test and alcohol law goes into effect for Illinois School Bus Drivers.

Bill Introduced to End Unemployment Discrimination by Employers and Employment Agencies

August 19, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

The Fair Employment Opportunity Act has been introduced to prohibit employers and employment agencies from unemployment discrimination against the unemployed.

Workplace Conflict Between Employees Affects Work Environment

August 19, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Learn about workplace conflict and how it impacts the work environment. Get a 4-step process to help solve co-worker conflict.

EEOC Meeting Held On Use of Criminal Records for Employment Screening

August 10, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

On July 26, 2011 the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a jam-packed hearing in Washington D.C. regarding the use of criminal records for employment screening purposes. Here’s a short recap.

Background Checks Help Weed Out School Volunteers with a Criminal History

August 9, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Schools should make it a best practice to run background checks on school volunteers to make sure they don’t have a criminal history and help keep kids safe.

Background Checks Help Companies Prevent Fraud

August 2, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Fraud is a big problem that affects all types of businesses. Background checks and workplace fraud prevention measures can help. Take a quiz to test your fraud knowledge!

Connecticut Passes Law to Restrict Using Credit Reports for Employee Hiring Purposes

August 2, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Starting October 1, 2011 most employers in Connecticut cannot use credit reports for employee hiring and promotion decisions — but there are exceptions to the law.

Human Resource and Employee Managers — Got Employees With Poor Performance?

July 19, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

If you’re a human resource employee or employee manager, learn how to manage employees with poor performance. Complete a brief exercise just for fun!

Less School Volunteer Background Checks in Wilkes County North Carolina?

July 19, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

The Wilkes County, North Carolina School Board is proposing less background checks for school volunteers.

Verizon Faces Legal Challenges For Violating EEOC Disability Discrimination Laws

July 19, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Legal challenges may have Verizon paying $20 million for EEOC workplace disability discrimination. Don’t violate EEOC laws.

Indiana Residents Can Now Hide Low-Level Criminal Histories

July 19, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

New Indiana law allows residents to hide low-level criminal histories which could have an impact on employment screening.

No drug test or drug testing for Charlie & Brooke!

July 12, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller reach a custody agreement that doesn’t include drug screening. I'm sure you can figure out why they don't want a drug test!

Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Amendment for Users of Credit Scores to Take Effect July 21st, 2011

July 12, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Update to existing Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) federal law broadens disclosure requirements when a credit score is used in taking adverse action.

Mark Your Calendar: July 26, 2011 — EEOC meeting on use of criminal records for hiring purposes

July 6, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

On July 26, 2011 the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is holding a public meeting in Washington D.C. regarding the use of criminal background checks for employment screening purposes.

Minnesota Shutdown affects Motor Vehicle Reports and Driving Records

July 6, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

On July 1st 2011, the government of Minnesota shutdown after not passing a budget. It has affected many programs and items such as obtaining Motor Vehicle Reports and Driving Records.

Landlords and Tenant Screening – Look What Happened With Whitey Bulger

July 1, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Wanted mobster Whitey Bulger lived in an apartment for 16 years until he was recently caught. How did that happen? His landlord never had him fill out a tenant applicant or ran a tenant background check on him before he moved in.

Hidden Camera Is All It Took to Reveal Nursing Home Patient Abuse

July 1, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Another nursing home is in the spotlight after allegations of patient abuse. Nurse aides were caught on hidden camera abusing a patient.

New Jersey School Board Members Must Have A Criminal Background Check

June 22, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Governor Chris Christie has signed a new law that requires criminal background checks for New Jersey school board members.

Multiple New York Bus Crash Incidents Prompt Bus Driver Legislation

June 21, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

The New York Senate Passes Legislation to Conduct Criminal Background Checks on Bus Drivers After a Series of Bus Crash Accidents.

Ohio May Ban Credit Checks For Employment

June 14, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Proposed Legislation in Ohio could ban credit checks by employers and change the way companies may employment decisions.

Social Security Administration to Start Assigning Social Security Numbers Randomly

June 13, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

On June 25th, the Social Security Administration will use a “randomization” program to assign Social Security Numbers to help protect against identity theft and extend the life of the 9-digit Social Security Number.

Are Using Social Media Sites as Part of Your Hiring Process a Good Idea?

June 8, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Employment screening is one thing, but using social media sites as part of your hiring process is still not 100% clear. If you’re a hiring manager, you’ll want to read this.

Only Some Volunteers Get Criminal Background Checks at Woodbury Schools

June 8, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

The Woodbury School District in New Jersey just passed a revised policy where only volunteers who work 20 hours or more with children get criminal background checks. What happened to background screening for the rest of the volunteers? Find out.

Learn to Spot Job Candidate Lies During the Interview Process

June 1, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Don’t let your hiring process get infected with a lying job candidate. Learn to recognize lies during the interview process and with a criminal background check.

New Tennessee State Law Mandates Criminal Background Checks on Resident Assistant Jobs

June 1, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

The State Of Tennessee passed legislation to require criminal background checks for resident assistant positions and it’s now state law.

Georgia passes illegal immigration bill requiring employers to use E-Verify

May 26, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Georgia passed a new illegal immigration law that how requires all employers with more than 10 employees to use and have an E-Verify program.

New Indiana Illegal Immigration Law Impacts Employers

May 25, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Starting July 1, 2011, a new Indiana illegal immigration law will have a significant impact on Indiana employers who don’t use e-verify.

What businesses should know about pre-employment drug screening and a drug and alcohol policy based on a recent court ruling.

May 19, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Permanently eliminating job applicants who test positive for drugs or alcohol during the pre-employment screening process does not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act or California’s employment law’s protection of rehabilitated drug addicts. So says the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, who recently upheld the decision in the court case of Lopez v. Pacific Maritime Association.

Social Media Background Checks — Same As Pre-Employment Screening?

May 13, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

There’s a lot of talk around social media background checks, and using social media sites to conduct them. Getting information from social media sites may give you something interesting to talk about during the interview, but it isn’t really the same as pre-employment screening.

Check this out — another EEOC complaint results in a lawsuit. Do you comply with EEOC regulations?

May 13, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

The number of EEOC cases has skyrocketed for many reasons, one of them being workplace harassment. Read about one EEOC complaint, and learn what you should do to comply with EEOC regulations.

Philadelphia Ban the Box Ordinance Officially Passed

May 10, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Starting July 12th, 2011 employers in the City of Philadelphia with 10 or more employees must comply with newly enacted legislation prohibiting you from asking about prior convictions with a yes/no checkbox on job applications.

New Maryland Credit Report Law Could Change Hiring Process for Employers

May 5, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

New consumer credit report law in Maryland could change the hiring process for many employers.

California Caregiver Concerns: California Fails to Screen Those Who Care for the Elderly At Home

April 28, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

You would think that after multiple, and sometimes horrific cases of violence, abuse and theft, all states would have laws in place to regulate in-home caregiver jobs. But alas, such is not the case.

8 Tips On Choosing the Right Family Home Care Option

April 28, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

It’s important to learn about your options and choose the right family home care provider for you and your family member.  Here are some FREE tips to get you started.

Social Security No Match Letters Resume

April 22, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

After a four year hiatus, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has officially resumed sending “no match” letters to employers. The agency stopped issuing them in 2007, but now they’re back. A “no-match” letter is sent out by the SSA to notify…

National Dating Site Checking Sex Offender Database for Online Dating Safety

April 21, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

There are online dating risks, and people do need to use common sense when using an online dating service. But in light of the situation, in approximately 60-90 days, will be implementing a new process of screening

Driver Drug Test Clearinghouse To Be Created by Senate Bill

April 13, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

The Senate last week opened another front in the long-running effort to establish a national clearinghouse for truck driver drug and alcohol test results.

'Ban the Box' Ordinance Passed By Philadelphia City Council

April 13, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

If you’re an employer in the City of Philadelphia with 10 or more employees, new legislation will prohibit you from asking about prior convictions with a yes/no checkbox on the application.

Avoiding Identity Theft - Especially At Tax Time

April 7, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Avoiding identity theft is a major concern at all times but identity thieves come out of the woodwork at tax time.  Learn how to find an accountant and get identity theft information and tips.

Public School Safety Tips, Policies & Programs to Reduce School Violence

April 5, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Have school districts put our children in harm’s way by ignoring violent and disturbing histories of employees and volunteers in our schools? Some have and some do. Be sure to read the latest article regarding public school safety.

Hidden Dangers of Recruiting With Social Media and Social Media In The Workplace

March 31, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Recruiting with social media and social media usage in the can employers keep their competitive advantage and protect both their bottom line and their interests legally? Find out what employers must know about Social Media risks.

Equal Employment Opportunities? Maybe Not If You're Unemployed - Is Hiring Discrimination Alive and Well?

March 30, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

There may be a new form of hiring discrimination emerging as the practice of excluding unemployed persons from applicant pools is alleged to be on the rise.  Find out what the EEOC Chair had to say about it in a recent EEOC meeting.

Updates On Employee Hiring Laws & Legislation You Might Find Interesting

March 23, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Considering hiring an employee with a criminal record?  Employment law updates and legislation on hiring laws don’t always get national attention.  Find out what you need to know.

Reduce Workplace Violence — Background Checks & Workplace Violence Training

March 23, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Learn to reduce the threat of workplace violence and help lower workplace violence statistics with background checks and workplace violence training.

A Driver Background Check Can Help Keep Bus Passengers Safe

March 16, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Back in the day, I didn't give a second thought to who was driving the bus when I went on spring break. But now I do. A Driver Background Check Can Help Keep Bus Passengers Safe

Negligent Hiring: What is the Employer Risk

March 16, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

What risks face employers for negligent hiring and hiring lawsuits?

Healthcare Hiring Practices Questioned - It’s Time for More Background Checks

March 11, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Healthcare hiring managers should let a recent study that reveals that 92% of nursing homes employed at least one person with at least 1 conviction serve as a wake-up call.  Get the details of the study…

Background Checks Reveal College Athletes May Have Committed Crimes

March 11, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Background checks on college athletes?  It’s not happening in some of the top schools.  Should it be?  Read this shocking report of college athlete crimes and which schools from the top 25 have players with records. 

Make Your Passwords and Business More Secure Using These Tips for Creating Strong Passwords

March 3, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Use these rock solid methodologies and tips to make your passwords secure; thereby protecting your sensitive business data more completely.  These tips for creating strong passwords will allow you to easily make hundreds of unique, secure passwords that you'll actually remember every time!

School Background Checks - Protecting Our Kids

March 3, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Imagine finding out that one of the active members of the PTA and school volunteers was a registered sex offender!  School Volunteer Background Checks are in place to catch this sort of situation...what went wrong in Forth Worth?

Legislative Update - Possible Maryland Credit Report Law

February 28, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Illinois…and Maryland? You never know, but Maryland might be the next state to prohibit employers from running credit reports on applicants.

Combat Drug Abuse with Employment Drug Screening and Testing

February 16, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Find out how employment drug screening and pre-employment drug screening services can minimize future problems with employees.  Learn the fastest and most economical way to implement an effective drug test policy to make drug abuse testing seamless and efficient.

Minnesota Crackdown on Debt Collectors Using Criminal Background Checks

February 15, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Find out how Minnesota is cracking down on debt collectors and collection agencies in MN by using background checks.

Protecting a Congregation — Church Background Checks

February 15, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Find out how to ensure church safety and church security for congregations by implementing church background checks.

Avoid a Headache - Pre-Employment Background Checks on Employees

February 11, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Attention small businesses!  Are you looking for your first employee?  Have you hired someone and found out they weren’t who you thought they were? Are you searching for a new employee?  Find out how pre-employment background checks on employees can minimize future problems with staff and help you avoid major headaches.  Learn the fastest and most economical way to implement pre-employment background checks on employees as well.

Tenant Verification and Tenant Credit Check Services for Landlords

February 10, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Owning rental property can be a valuable investment. But when it comes to tenants and your premises, never judge a book by its cover. Find out how tenant verification and tenant credit check services for landlords can minimize future problems with renters.  Learn the fastest and most economical way to implement tenant screening services as well.

School Bus Safety - Driver Background Checks Can Go a Long Way

February 9, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

My daughter rides a school bus. I depend on bus drivers to transport her safely to her destination; to the bus stop in our neighborhood or school sporting/field trip events. I put my faith in the school district to hire qualified and trustworthy bus drivers. I don’t want to find out otherwise.

Don’t Let Embezzlement Threaten Your Medical Office

February 1, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Many of us have heard the stories where trusted employees are caught with their hands in the cookie jar. Medical offices generally enjoy a continual flow of money, which in turn makes them vulnerable.

EEOC Complaint Charges Have Hit An All Time High

February 1, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

According to the EEOC, job bias complaints and charges have hit an all time high. Find out how you can stay compliant with simple hiring procedures.

Preventing Nursing Home Abuse Is One Background Check Away

January 31, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

All applicants seeking employment in a nursing home should undergo thorough criminal background checks — for the safety and well-being of nursing home residents.

Credit Privacy Lawsuits & Legislation You Need To Be Aware Of

January 13, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Learn more about the new Credit Privacy Act legislation recently enacted in several states as well as a discrimination lawsuit concerning credit privacy; both of which could have an impact on your screening program.

Legislative Alert – Illinois Credit Report Law Now In Effect Impacting Pre Employment Credit Check

January 7, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

A reminder from us to you, effective January 1st, 2011 many employers in Illinois can no longer run pre employment credit checks on applicants. The Employee Credit Privacy Act (House Bill 4658) dictates employers cannot use an employment credit report…

School Employee Background Checks - How Safe Are Our Schools?

January 7, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

It’s a huge responsibility for schools when it comes to safety and properly caring for the children that attend.  So why are registered sex offenders getting jobs in schools as teachers, administrators, volunteers and contractors, despite state laws that prohibit them from contact with children…

Massachusetts Employers - Ban the Box Legislation Fact Sheet

January 7, 2011 by Sharon Zaleski

Effective November 4, 2010, Massachusetts became the second state to ban employers from requesting criminal record information on initial job applications (“Ban the Box”). With the exception of…

2010 Holiday Message

December 16, 2010 by Kelly Ansboury

Wishing you peace, joy and happiness in the New Year.Click the continue reading link below to view our holiday message.

Debt Recovery Solicitors: Criminals Shouldn't Land Debt Recovery Agents Jobs

December 16, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Criminals often lie to get into the debt recovery industry.  They shouldn't. Despite a various state laws, rapists, thieves and other offenders are cleared to work as debt recovery agents -- with access to financial data.

Watch Out For Degree Mills & University Diploma Mills! Are Your Employee's Degrees Legitimate?

December 15, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Learn how to protect your company from the increasing number of university diploma mills degree mill providers and scan candidates against an updated list of diploma mills.

New FTC Business Center Provides Compliance Tools and Information

December 15, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

The Federal Trade Commission recently launched a new Business Center at to give business owners and professionals the tools and resources needed to understand and comply with consumer protections laws.

The Do's and Don'ts of Credit Checks for Employment

December 3, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

You’re looking to hire a new employee and you know for certain a criminal history report is necessary, but what about credit checks for employment? Do you need to run one for every position you are filling? Are you even allowed to use credit reports in your hiring process?

Brainstorming & Mind Mapping — Thinking Outside the Box!

December 1, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Take your business brainstorming to the next level with mind mapping.  Learn what mind mapping is, how to get started and how it can produce massive benefits for you and your company!

New Product Now Available! Medical License Verifications

November 30, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

As part of our ongoing commitment to provide you with quality services, solutions and enhanced search capabilities, we’re pleased to announce the release of a new product — Medical License Verifications.

Safe Online Shopping Tips This Holiday Season

November 17, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Thanksgiving is just about a week away, and that’s when the holiday season officially begins.  It’s also when the holiday shopping and specifically online shopping season officially kicks off as well.  Protect your privacy and personal information this holiday season with these online shopping tips!

Employment Background Screening by Job Position

November 17, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Of course, an important factor to your organization’s success is the ability to hire and retain the right people. Since not every position requires the same level of investigation, you need to obtain information about each of your applicants that depends on the job for which they are applying. Being proactive and implementing a compliant screening policy helps you establish guidelines for reasonable background screening standards for the different positions in your organization.

Workplace Rules and Guidelines: What's Important, What's Not?

November 17, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Workplace rules. Workplace policies. Most businesses have them; the majority of us follow them. They are necessary. Think about it, if they didn’t exist we’d be in a constant state of chaos. One of the many responsibilities employers face is creating workplace rules and policies.

Implement A Driver Safety Program & Enjoy the Many Benefits of Safety First Driving

November 5, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Does your business or organization have a safe driving program? If not, it’s certainly worth considering. Whether your company uses a large number of vehicles or reimburses employees for the use of a private motor vehicle for company business, creating a comprehensive safe driving policy can help…

Do You Expect Your Employees To Steal From You — How To Prevent Employee Theft

November 2, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Really?  Employers actually EXPECT employees to steal from them?  Often they do.  And while there is no magic formula make your business “employee theft proof,” you CAN implement workplace theft prevention mechanisms to minimize it.  Learn how!

Social Network Screening — Is It Worth the Risk?

November 2, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Social Network Screening - It may sound tempting to do a quick check online of a potential candidate and have a peak at their social networking profiles and sites, but the information once gathered could put you at risk.

Beyond Background Checks - Perform A Child Abuse Registry Check

October 22, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Each state’s social services or child protection agency maintains a child abuse registry. Learn how your business or organization can conduct an abuse registry check as a supplement to your background screening program.

Alarming Texting While Driving Statistics - Mixing Texting and Driving Could Be Deadly

October 22, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Alarming texting while driving statistics show that mixing texting and driving could be deadly…way more deadly than even driving drunk.  Learn what some recent studies have shown!

Drug Testing In the Workplace – Benefits Of An Effective Drug Testing Program

October 12, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Don’t perform drug testing in the workplace?  What’s not having a drug testing program and drug testing policy costing you?  Learn about the many benefits of a comprehensive employee drug testing program. 

Workplace Fire Safety Tips — Workplace Fire Prevention Ideas During National Fire Safety Month

October 12, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Workplace fire safety is a life or death matter. Treat it that way by learning and implementing workplace fire prevention ideas that make sense for your workplace.

Workplace Safety Tips — Effective Workplace Safety Programs May Be More Important Than You Think

October 12, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Want some workplace safety tips?  Effective workplace safety programs are the difference between a safe work environment and one that’s not.  Learn how to be proactive and keep your employees, healthy, happy and safe on the job!

Safe Driving Practices In Your Workplace - Drive Safely Work Week

October 6, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

The safe driving campaign known as Drive Safely Work Week is this week, so in observance here are some safe driving program tips that can ensure you have systems in place that lead to safe driving practices within your company.

Embezzlement Charges Prompt Supervisors To Search for Safeguards

September 23, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Fraud and embezzlement charges prompt supervisors to search for safeguards in Jackson county Mississippi.  Ginger Lashley, an ex-county finance clerk who earned $20,596 last year, was indicted on eight counts of fraud and embezzlement charges Aug. 31 and accused of taking $890,827.58 during an eight-year period.

Employee Fraud – Tips For Preventing Employee Dishonesty

September 23, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Employee fraud is a crime and you can minimize your risk.  There are many different ways for businesses to combat employee fraud.  Check out this article on steps you can take to prevent employee fraud and guard against employee dishonesty.

Former Employee Of Church Facing Charges For Theft

September 23, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Former employee of church facing charges for theft in Hawaii.  Stop employee theft and corporate theft by screening volunteers and employees.  Learn more here.

Background Checks for School Visitors

September 10, 2010 by Jason Koeppe

If you're planning on stepping foot inside a Lake Travis Independent School District (Texas) school anytime soon, you'd better be prepared to have a background check run on you.  This is in response to an incident where a sex offender gained access to one of its schools and exposed himself to a child.

How To Persuade Management to Create Flex Schedules?

August 6, 2010 by Jason Koeppe

Want a flex schedule where you work?  Think management won't go for it?  Learn the best way to present a request for consideration to our human resources executives to see if this arrangement could benefit you!

Business Coaching & Mentoring Works...Most of the Time

July 9, 2010 by Jason Koeppe

I'm often asked if business coaching programs work or if they're worth the money and the answer is always a resounding "Yes...most of the time." And a recent study from the Harvard Business Review confirms that

Is Social Screening Smart or Stupid?

June 28, 2010 by Jason Koeppe

It seems like new studies are being talked about all the time on the rise of employers using social media sites to check out job applicants.  According to a study conducted by Harris Interactive for, 45 percent of employers questioned are using social networks to screen job candidates — more than double from a year earlier

Engagement: The Best Kept Secret To Profitability

June 17, 2010 by Jason Koeppe

Employee Engagement = Profitability...Really?Some things just sound good. Engagement is one of things. If asked, no manager would choose to have disengaged or non-engaged employees. But you want profitability, so why should you care about engagement as a means to that end? Here's why.

Job Agencies Directory by State - Helpful Tools In A Down Economy

June 16, 2010 by Jason Koeppe

Job Agencies Directory by State - Helpful Tools In A Down Economy You want all the help you can get finding that next all important position. But in an economy like the one we're in where hiring is just now starting to pick back up (and slowly at that), if you're looking for a job, you want to use all the tools you can find to give you that extra boost.

3 Tips To Increasing Emotional Engagement Of Your Staff

June 11, 2010 by Jason Koeppe

So we've been breaking apart and looking at the 3 ways employees need to connect in order for employees to be engaged and motivated. I have argued that they are to connect at the head, hand and heart

4 Incredibly Powerful Ways To Motivate Employees & Improve Engagement

May 27, 2010 by Jason Koeppe

A summary of our post series on how to motivate employees, with a recap the possible4 Incredibly Powerful Ways To Motivate Employees & Improve Engagement with real life examples of each.

Improving Employee Engagement From the Foundation Up NOT From the Top Down

May 20, 2010 by Sharon Zaleski

Have you ever noticed that as organizations become larger they can sometimes tend to "lose touch" even with common sense stuff?  Uncover the not-so-secret tricks to improving employee engagement in your company in this 3 part series on improving employee engagement!

Leadership Always Has & Always Will Matter

May 7, 2010 by Jason Koeppe

Sometimes I honestly think we become paralyzed from theories, studies and concepts rather than acting on time tested, fact based information…especially as it relates to HR practices.

How To Motivate Staff – Is It REALLY Possible To Motivate Your Employees? (Part 3)

April 19, 2010 by Jason Koeppe

Today, as we finish the series of posts on how to motivate your staff, we're going to look at the role that leadership and management play in overall motivation of your employees.

How To Motivate Staff - Is It REALLY Possible To Motivate Your Employees? (Part 2)

April 15, 2010 by Jason Koeppe

So in our last post on how to motivate your staff, we learned some critical components to authentic motivation and what it takes to motivate others. Today let's focus on the culture of your organization and how vital it is to the motivation of your employees.

How To Motivate Staff - Is It REALLY Possible To Motivate Your Employees? (Part 1)

April 15, 2010 by Jason Koeppe

Motivation is a misunderstood word.  Websters says the definition of motivation is: inner or social stimulus for an action; something that causes a person to act in a certain way, do a certain thing, etc.; incentive. Correct as that may be, I think there is a much simpler definition that I like much more.  Motivation: the goal or object of a person's actions 

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