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Important Update: California Identifiers Redaction

We wrote in July about the issue of obtaining identifiers in California due to redaction. As a reminder, under All of Us or None—Riverside Chapter, et al. v. W. Samuel Hamrick, Jr., et al., the plaintiffs argued, among a number of claims, that...

FCRA Focus Part II: Disclosure and Authorization

We are going back to basics with this blog post, outlining the disclosure and authorization requirements under the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). Please note that the FCRA has disclosure and authorization requirements for...

Webinar: Returning Employees to Work Safely

It’s 2021, and we are still in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. As more businesses reopen and some companies transition from remote to on-site workplaces, it’s natural for many people to feel concern about encountering the coronavirus at...

Michigan ID Redaction Update: Partial Victory

AccuSource has received news from our industry group, the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA), that on June 30, 2021 the Michigan Supreme Court issued an order that delays the implementation of the date of birth redaction rule...

Having Pre-(Adverse) Action Pains as Illinois Passes SB 1480? AccuSource Can Help!

Illinois recently joined the growing list of jurisdictions that have specific requirements for employers that take adverse action against applicants and employees. Not only do employers have obligations under the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act...

Ninth Circuit Issues Another Article III Standing Decision

At this point, those involved with background screening should have a standing date with the Ninth Circuit. Famous for its decisions regarding the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) and other areas of law impacting background screening,...

For the Love of Ban the Box Laws

Ah, February. The month of foil hearts, yummy chocolates…and ban the box laws?

San Francisco Provides More Concise Fair Chance Ordinance Notice

Employers in the City or County of San Francisco are likely already familiar with the San Francisco Fair Chance Order (“FCO”), which took effect on October 1, 2018.

Federal Ban the Box Law Will Impact Federal Agencies and Contractors

As AccuSource has discussed in numerous blog posts and webinars, the number of jurisdictions with ban the box laws has been growing exponentially over the past few years. The federal government has joined the ranks of those jurisdictions that...

Retailer Agrees to Consent Decree with EEOC for Alleged Background Screening Discrimination

Bright-line rules may seem convenient but beware if you use any type of bright-line rules in your criminal background screening programs. Dollar General learned this lesson after it faced a lawsuit from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...

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...

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...

Ontario Government Grants Screening Firms Exemption from Bill 113

 

The Police Record Checks Reform Act 2015 was passed by the Ontario government on December 1, 2015 and was scheduled to go into effect November 1, 2018. The act required that the results of a positive criminal conviction search be shared with a...

A Hiring Horror Story: Robbie Romance

Once upon a time, a well-educated, dynamic HR Manager had a customer service department supervisor position to fill. The previous supervisor departed with little notice, leaving the HR Manager under significant pressure to find a suitable...

Pending Delaware Legislation May Allow Minor Drug Offenses to be Sealed

Delaware has proposed legislation that can provide a clean slate for those with certain types of misdemeanor offenses. Referred to as the “Clean Slate Act,” the legislation would allow the automatic sealing of records for non-violent federal...

NAPBS Second Annual Industry Survey: Majority of Employers Use Background Checks

"Employers Universally Using Background Checks to Protect Employees, Customers, and the Public"

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners recently published the results of their second nationwide survey of human resources...

How Long Does A Background Check Take?

Obtaining a background check is often a trade-off between “I want it done now” and “I want it done right.”

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