Waterloo City Council Refuses to Rescind Ban the Box Ordinance

In October, Hire Image reported that Waterloo became the first city in Iowa to pass a Ban the Box ordinance.  The ordinance was recently challenged when a councilwoman made a motion to rescind it at a meeting on January 27th.  However, no one seconded the motion.  The ordinance has also been challenged by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry as violating a state law under which a city cannot pass any ordinance exceeding or conflicting with federal or state laws relating to hiring practices. As it stands now (pending the outcome of the lawsuit), the ordinance will become effective, as previously set, on July 1st of this year.

For more information on Ban the Box and other laws, and whether they affect your state, visit our resource guide at Hire Image Resource Library

New NIST Privacy Framework Provides Guidance for Organizations

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released a privacy framework to address privacy issues and goals.  The framework is neither a law nor a regulation, but, rather, is a tool to help organizations manage privacy risks by encouraging awareness as an ongoing process. Under the framework, companies should address privacy issues as they develop to help mitigate risks. However, the framework will not specifically help companies with compliance.

Fenwick & West privacy and cybersecurity practice co-chair and partner Jim Koenig noted: “I don’t think the NIST framework will be used as a universal, all-purpose framework. What it will do is create a framework for privacy and audit programs to know that many of the key practices and requirements are included in a company’s privacy program, training and occasional testing.”

Click here for the full text of the framework.

As a reminder, privacy laws and their impact on background screening was Number 3 in Hire Image’s Top 10 Background Predictions of 2020.  Please contact us if you have any privacy or compliance concerns.

Hire Image Achieves Privacy Shield Certification

We are proud to announce that Hire Image has successfully achieved Privacy Shield Certification by the International Trade Administration and the U.S Department of Commerce.  In order to achieve certification status, Hire Image demonstrated continued compliance with data protection requirements during the transferring of personal data.  Hire Image CEO, Christine Cunneen, noted on the accomplishment, “We are extremely proud of our Privacy Shield Certification because it shows our commitment to adhering to the highest principles with regard to data protection and privacy.”


About Privacy Shield Program

The Privacy Shield Program is administered by the International Trade Administration and the U.S Department of Commerce to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union and Switzerland to the United States in support of transatlantic commerce. On July 12, 2016, the European Commission deemed the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework adequate to enable data transfers under EU law. For more information, visit https://www.privacyshield.gov/welcome


About Hire Image LLC

Hire Image LLC is a nationally accredited specialist in the field of background screening, drug testing, and verification services. Our priority is to provide accurate and timely background screening reports, using our secure platform, thus enabling clients to make well-informed hiring and/or retention decisions. Our exceptional support system, live phone answering, compliance-centric focus, and customized reporting is tailored specifically to meet client needs.  For more information, visit www.hireimage.com.

San Francisco Updates Mandatory Employer Notice

San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance (“FCO”), as amended, has been in effect since October 1, 2018.  The FCO notice required for employers (with five or more employees) and city contractors to post where employees can easily read has now been updated by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.  The updated version is much shorter than the original, while the content remained consistent.

San Francisco employers and background screening companies should ensure they are now using the updated version.

For more information on Ban the Box and other laws, and whether they affect your state, please visit our Resource Guide.

Why We Do What We Do

Two recent stories in the news serve as a stark reminder of why we do what we do every day–to protect people.

In one of those stories, a convicted sex offender, Leroy Vance, was attempting to break into a woman’s Fairfield, California home through the doggie door.  Thankfully, she was able to immediately call the police and when they arrived shortly thereafter, Vance fled on foot. When the police apprehended him, they discovered that not only was he trying to break into the woman’s home, he was also wanted for violating his parole on a drugs sales offense.  Click here for more information.

In another story, a man who had been imprisoned for murder for nearly 30 years was released from prison.  Within two years of his release, he was arrested for killing someone once again.  Timothy Chavira had been convicted of the stabbing murder of his stepmother in 1986, when he was just 23 years old.  Now, at 56, he has been arrested for the stabbing death of a retired doctor in the area.  Click here for more information.

These cases exemplify why it is so important to learn about a person’s criminal background and, unfortunately, in some instances, criminal propensities.  Click here for more information about recidivism rates and studies and what they mean for all of us.

Please contact us if you have any questions about criminal background checks and how they can help protect you, your employees, your customers, and your property.

Hire Image to Present FREE Webinar, January 29th – Background and Drug Screening: Identifying the Trends and Challenges Facing Employers in the Year Ahead

On Wednesday, January 29th, 2020, at 3:00 PM EST, Hire Image will be hosting  a FREE webinar: Background and Drug Screening: Identifying the Trends and Challenges Facing Employers in the Year Ahead

Join Hire Image CEO Christine Cunneen and Seyfarth Shaw LLP Senior Counsel, Jennifer Mora to learn helpful information pertaining to the trends facing HR professionals as you look to improve your background and drug screening policies in the new year.

Subjects covered include FCRA updates, State and Local updates, Drug Testing and more.


This webinar is approved for SHRM PDC credit.

This webinar is approved for HCRI credit.