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Weekly Wrap Up: February 8, 2013

This week proved to be eventful as ever. We’re gearing up for our February webinar, “992 Heads are Better than One: HR Industry Attitudes and Opinions on Background Screening Compliance” and we’re excited to present the survey findings to all of you! Stay tuned. We’ve posted on a couple of interesting stories this week, starting the week with “Philadelphia Pediatrician Murdered by Home Repairman.” Angela posted on a major class action suit against K-Mart, based on FCRA violations in the background screening process. Lastly, we posted on a story of possible racial discrimination on the popular show, American Idol. Read our blog for these stories and more. And also follow us on our social networks to stay up to date on our blog posts throughout the week!

Philadelphia Pediatrician Murdered by Home Repairman criminal background check

Few things can make you feel more vulnerable than allowing a complete stranger to come into your home. However, taking care of a home requires maintenance on occasion, whether it’s plumbing or fixing a furnace. When something breaks, it’s an immediate reaction to call someone to fix it right away. In the back of your mind you might be thinking-can I really trust this person? The majority of the time the answer is most likely yes. However, stories like this one bring anxiety to many I’m sure-who are you really letting into your home? Read More

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American Idol Accused of Racial Discrimination?

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American Idol accused of racism-either a bold accusation or a very foolish one. It started with a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by Attorney James Freeman at the end of January. Freeman is asking the EEOC for permission to sue American Idol for racial discrimination based on nine African-American contestants who were disqualified, all of whom also had a criminal history.

You might be wondering how this case is related to employment and why Freeman submitted the request to the EEOC. And the question in this case is-can American Idol be considered an employer to its contestants?

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Weekly Wrap Up-February 1, 2013

Does anyone else feel like they blinked and January was gone? That’s definitely how I feel! We managed to catch the tail end of January to release the latest issue of By The Way. Angela Bosworth addresses questions like: What if an employer demands access to an employee’s private Facebook profile? Why are data brokers “wanted”? How accurate can a mobile app background check be? Read this issue of BTW to find out the answers and watch Angela’s summary of this month’s BTW. Monday we wrote about a new law for the state of Indiana which will require anyone applying for a teaching position to have a national criminal records background check. Nick also blogged about a two year case between the EEOC and Kaplan Higher Education that recently came to a close. See below to read more on these stories. Continue to stay tuned for more information for our February webinar featuring Jason Morris, Nick Fishman and Angela Bosworth, who will be presenting our 2013 survey findings.


BTW: January Issue- Privacy and Employment Background Checksemployment background check

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Scooby Doo’s Got Nothing on Me: My Neophyte Washington DC Experience

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 “I would suggest to (businesses) that they think long and hard about why they think they need to do a criminal background check”.

John Hendrickson, Regional Attorney for the EEOC’s Chicago District

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Weekly Wrap Up-January 18, 2013

Happy Friday! I hope you enjoyed your week and caught a few of our blog posts in the last few days. If not, luckily for you, all you have to do is read our Weekly Wrap Up! Earlier in the week, we posted on a new law that will strengthen background checks for schools in Massachusetts. We also released our white paper and webinar recording from our latest webinar, How to Select a Background Screening Provider, which you can download and watch here. And I’m sure you’ve been hearing the news on stricter laws when it comes to “national” background checks and gun control. In our most recent blog, Nick highlighted information on the existence or rather lack thereof when it comes to a “National Background Check.” Check out these stories and a couple others we offered this week! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to stay tuned to our blog for the latest news in our industry.


Massachusetts Implements Stronger Background Checks in Schoolsschool background check

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Massachusetts Implements Stronger Background Checks in Schools

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Conducting background checks on teachers has become more imperative now than ever it seems. In recent months, additional measures have been taken in various states to improve the background screening process for teachers as well as other school employees and anyone else that works with or around children. In particular, the state of Massachusetts has just passed a law with several changes for the background screening process for teachers. Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill that would require a national criminal history background check as well as fingerprint screening for all teachers. The Associated Press reported that State Rep. Alice Peisch also pushed for the changes and said Massachusetts will “no longer lag behind” other states which have already adopted the national fingerprint background check.

The background checks will extend beyond just teachers and the law requires background screening for school employees, bus drivers and subcontractors. According to the press release, “Prior to this law, school districts and early education providers were allowed only to conduct name-based Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) checks covering criminal history record information for crimes committed in Massachusetts.” The law requires that fingerprints will be submitted to the state police for a state criminal history check and also forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national background check. Under the previous law, fingerprints were not required and only a state check was conducted.

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