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New FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Impacts Employers

The Secretary of Transportation, at the direction of Congress, has established the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Clearinghouse. The secure online database will be available starting January 6, 2020 and will keep real-time...

Change is in the Air: NYC Legislative Update

The air is getting a crisp bite (well maybe, depending on where you live) and legislative leaves are falling, carrying with them new laws and amendments. The colors are once again changing in New York City, our favorite city for...

Circuit Court Hands Down Win for Court Researchers

Arkansas Court Clerk Ordered to Fulfill FOIA Request by NAPBS Member Courthouse Concepts

In a victory for court record researchers and consumer reporting agencies (CRAs), the Circuit Court of Pulaski County Arkansas, Second Division, granted...

6 Ways to Improve Your Recruitment Efforts in 2019

When looking for that next great future employee, you want to make sure your process is refined. When you cast a wider net, you’re guaranteed a few more fish being caught, but is that always the best? Some of those candidates you end up meeting...

District Courts: Independent Contractors Not Protected by the FCRA

Courts Hold Independent Contractors Are Not Employees under FCRA Extended Protections for Employees and Employment Applicants

Tumult in Texas: 5th Circuit Bans EEOC’s Use of Criminal Records

Employers who conduct criminal background checks are familiar with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the factors it created seven years ago. In 2012, the EEOC implemented its “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of...

More Than Just a Number: A Primer on Employment Credit Reports

One of the less standard areas of employment background screening involves the use of credit reports. While most consumers are familiar with the use of credit reports in housing and the lending industries, credit reports can also be helpful in...

Why credit scores are like grades

The simplest way to understand your credit score is to think back to your school days.

This week's article is a guest post from our friends at TrueCredit. Enjoy!

Puff, Puff, Pass: Marijuana Updates

Marijuana has been and will continue to be a huge topic in employment law. While federal law still holds that marijuana is an illegal controlled substance, states and local jurisdictions are legalizing it for medical and recreational use. Some...

New York City Bans Pre-Employment Cannabis Testing

The Big Apple makes progressive moves to ease restrictions on the use of marijuana

CCPA: What Does It Mean for Employment Background Screening?

If you operate in California or have contact with consumers in California, you have likely already heard about the California Consumer Protection Act (“CCPA”), the United States’ answer to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation....

Marijuana Madness: Recent Laws and Decisions

As more and more states pass laws decriminalizing and even legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, it is not surprising that marijuana continues to be a prevalent topic for lawmakers and courts throughout the country.

New York Office of Court Administration to Increase Search Fees

As part of its 2019-2020 State Budget, the New York Legislature approved a significant increase to the search fees associated with Office of Court Administration searches. The fee will increase from $65 to $95 per search plus any additional...

Spokeo v. Robins Update: Settlement Approved by CA District Court

On March 11, 2019, the US District Court for the Central District of California approved a settlement stipulation between the parties involved in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case between Thomas Robins and Spokeo, Inc.

Strict Interpretation of Background Check Disclosures by 9th Circuit

The Ninth Circuit Court recently adopted a decision that may affect those who are subject to the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) as well as California's Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (“ICRAA”). These laws regulate...

2019 Employment Law Compliance Trends

The background and drug screening industry is an ever-changing landscape. While there are various topics and issues that arise regarding these types of screenings, these specific trends in the industry require an especially close review.

New FCRA Decision Provides Additional Guidance to Employers

The Northern District of California provided additional guidance to employers with its decision in Soman v. Alameda Health Systems. Plaintiff Jas Soman brought a possible class action against Alameda Health Systems, arguing that Alameda had...

2019: No Change to FMCSA Random Testing Rates

As of January 10, 2019, there will be no changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) random drug testing rates. The agency is required to publish its required random testing rates only when they are changing.

Employment Law Compliance Trends: 2018 Year in Review

As the weather gets colder, 2018 is drawing to a close and 2019 is days away. The compliance world was busy this past year. AccuSource discussed 2018’s biggest compliance topics in its annual webinar, but here is a summary of those items in case...

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