Litigation & Legislative Updates

6/6/2011 State of Ohio Moves to Curb Credit Reports

If passed, Ohio would join Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Washington and Oregon as the only states with prohibitions on employment credit reports. As always, we would encourage employers that conduct background checks in Ohio to voice their concerns with their elected representatives.

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6/3/2011 Marion County Redaction Could Destroy Efficacy of Background Checks

The Marion County, Indiana (Indianapolis) Courts and Clerk’s Office has approved the redaction of month and day of birth from court records made available to subscribers to their Criminal Court Records Search Service leaving only year of birth.

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4/26/2011 Philadelphia "Ban the Box" Law Protects Those With Criminal Records

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has signed into law the "Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards" which will prohibit both public employers and private employers with 10 or more employees from asking applicants if they have been convicted of a crime on the job application.

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4/26/2011 Maryland Gov. Enacts Law to Curb Use of Credit Reports

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed into law the Maryland Job Applicant Fairness Act on April 12, 2011 which prohibits employers' use of credit reports in determining suitability for employment.

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3/18/2011 Proposed Florida Bill Could Create Exposure for Employers

This bill should be of significant concern to employers in the state of Florida. It basically means that even if you performed a comprehensive background check which did not indicate any adverse information, you can still be held accountable for negligent hiring.

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2/11/2011 Colorado Moves to Restrict Employment Credit Reports

The state of Colorado is now mulling a bill which would create certain restrictions on an employer’s ability to evaluate a job candidate’s/employee’s credit report as part of the background screening process.

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2/8/2011 Will Maryland Be Next to Ban Employment Credit Reports?

If Maryland were to enact this law, they would join the states of Illinois, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington who have similar laws in place.

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1/4/2011 California Consumer Privacy Law Takes Effect

California SB 909 requires background screening firms to be upfront about off-shoring personally identifiable consumer data.

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1/3/2011 Illinois Restrictions of Employment Credit Reports Effective Today

Just a reminder to all who employ a workforce in the state of Illinois that restrictions on the use of employment credit reports take effect today, January 3, 2011.

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1/3/2011 Illinois Restrictions On Employment Credit Reports Takes Effect

The new law forbids employers from inquiring about an applicant or employee’s credit history or obtaining a copy of their credit report.

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