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– UPDATE – Going Green: More States Introduce Medical Marijuana Regulations and Laws

The following is an update to our February 24, 2014 blog post  (see below) Back in February, we reported on two cases involving employee medical marijuana usage for which the California and Washington Supreme Courts ruled in favor of the employer. There are two other pending medical marijuana cases which bear watching, as the outcomes …

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Government shutdown affects background checks

The October 1, 2013 U.S. government shutdown has affected many federal agencies, some of which professional background screeners rely on to conduct searches.  With the recent shutdown, several federal websites have been shuttered, and access to certain information suspended. Why shut down a website when it could still be operable for consumers or anyone else …

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Criminals in schools? Let’s put safety of children first

The Boston School Department deserves praise for putting the safety of its students first and foremost. Recently while conducting system-wide background checks of all of its 9,000 employees, the Department identified 14 employees with criminal charges and either fired or placed them on administrative leave. [Read the article here] Criminal records ranged from possession of …

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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Inundated by Comments on EEOC Guidance

May 22, 2013 The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) held a briefing in December 2012 to assess the impact of criminal background checks and the EEOC’s guidance on the consideration of arrest and conviction records in enforcement decisions under Title VII and its impact on the employment of black and Hispanic workers. Hire Image, …

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The FBI database isn’t what it’s cracked up to be

February 12, 2013 The Federal Bureau of Investigation keeps a listing of identifying information taken from fingerprints submitted voluntarily by various criminal justice agencies in connection with arrests, or relating to naturalization or military service.  Many employers are under the impression that this FBI identification database is the “gold standard” in background screening. In reality, …

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If it looks too good to be true, it probably is

People were faking details on their resumes long before our economy took a nosedive, but the last few years have seen a rise in resume embellishment and outright lies. Tough competition among candidates as a result of high unemployment has caused more people to lie about their credentials. As a result, unscrupulous entities have sprouted …

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Contrary to popular belief…The real story behind background screening reports

This morning, The Today Show ran a Rossen Report segment about how background screening companies have made reporting mistakes that caused candidates to unfortunately lose out on job opportunities. Specifically, the report followed several job seekers who were mistaken for criminals with the same or similar names, thus ruining their chances for getting hired. Contrary …

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Can you be forced to hire an ex-offender?

October 23, 2012 With high unemployment rates, employers are receiving more applications than ever before in an attempt to fill what limited job openings they have with the most qualified candidates. When reviewing applications, employers should be aware of the new federal protections in place for criminal ex-offenders. On April 25, 2012, the US Equal …

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