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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...

New York City Alert: Legal Guidance Issued on NYC Fair Chance Act

If you are an employer who requests background screening reports on applicants and/or employees who live or work in New York City, including its five boroughs, this alert could impact you. We wrote in January 2021 that New York City updated its...

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...

Weeding Out the Facts: Marijuana May Be Legal But Beware

The number of states in the United States with legalized medical marijuana is quickly approaching 40. Alabama joined as the thirty-seventh state on May 17, 2021 when its governor signed into law the Darren Wesley ‘Ato’ Hall Compassion Act (AL...

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...

The Grass is Greener in New Jersey: Marijuana Updates

Not only has New Jersey legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, the State has also enacted protections for employees who legally use marijuana. The New Jersey governor recently signed the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement...

House Eyes Salary History Ban at Federal Level

The Federal government is once again looking to level the field when it comes to salaries and differing compensation levels due to gender. The U.S. House of Representatives Democrats recently introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7). Like...

Banning in the Big Apple: NYC’s Fair Chance Act Updated

The New York City Council was busy during the holiday season, passing bill Int. 1314-A on December 10, 2020. The bill greatly expands the scope of the New York City Fair Chance Act (FCA), which is the city’s ban the box law. The bill was enacted...

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,...

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...

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

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...

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