Litigation & Legislative Updates

10/28/2010 New CORI Regulations Take Effect for Massachusetts Employers on November 4th

As of November 4th employers may no longer inquire on an applicant's criminal background on an initial employment application.

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9/30/2010 California Law Aimed at Background Screeners Who Off-Shore

California SB 909 was just signed into law and will require background screening firms to be upfront about off-shoring personally identifiable consumer data.

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9/27/2010 Schwarzenegger Vetoes Credit Report Bill Again and Again

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill aimed to ban the use of credit reports when conducting employment background checks for a third time. Come on people. This is getting ridiculous already.

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8/17/2010 FTC Proposes Changes to Improve Notices: Applicant Release Subject to Change

The FTC has announced that they are proposing revisions to the notices that consumer reporting agencies (such as employment screening firms) provide to consumers, and to users and furnishers of credit report information under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

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8/10/2010 Illinois Law End Use of Employment Credit Reports

Governor Quinn Signs Law to End Pre-Employment Credit Checks: New Law Prohibits Employers from "Discriminating" Based on a Job Seeker or Employee’s Credit History

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8/10/2010 New CORI Reform in Mass. Impacts Heavily on Employers

Clearly, these reforms represent an effort to help those with criminal records find employment, but will this come at the expense of employers ability to make an informed hiring decision?

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7/22/2010 DHS Rules on Electronic Signature and Storage of Form I-9

The rule, scheduled to take effect August 23, 2010, allows employers to prepare, sign, scan and store the form electronically as long as certain criteria is met.

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6/25/2010 New York Raises Access Fees Again

The state of New York has announced that they will be raising the fee to access their Office of Court Administration criminal records database from $55.00 to $65.00 effective July 1, 2010.

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6/23/2010 E-Verify Mandatory in Utah

Utah-based employers with 15 or more employees should take note that effective July 1, 2010 they must use a “status verification system” to verify the employment eligibility of new employees.

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6/14/2010 Important Guidance on Oregon's New Credit Report Laws

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries just published its final administrative rules regarding Senate Bill 1045 (OL 2010. Ch. 102)(that amends Oregon Revised Statute 659A.885) and that restricts an employer's use of credit history in employment decisions.

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