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Regulatory & Legal Alerts – August 2018

Peopletrail actively tracks the regulatory and legal environment that surrounds employment and criminal background screening. Staying up-to-date with the law helps you remain compliant with the FCRA, EEOC, and other regulatory standards.  The following includes highlights of the most significant updates impacting the screening industry in recent weeks.

State

California 

California’s Data Privacy Law: What It Is and How to Comply (A Step-By-Step Guide), Read More.

Hawaii

Hawaii Prohibits Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary History, Read More.

Maine 

Child care workers to face background checks, fingerprints, Read More.

Vermont

Employment Laws: Vermont Employers Can’t Ask About Salary History, Read More.

Federal LegislationFederal Legislation

FTC Testifies Before Senate Banking Committee on Fair Credit Reporting Act, Read More.

FTC: Fair Credit Reporting Act Still Top Priority, Read More.

Background Checks

NO CRIMINAL HISTORY According to WORST. BACKGROUND. CHECK. EVER. Read More.

Background Checks Are Viewed Skeptically in Some Parts of the Globe, Read More.

FBI To Start Using A 2nd Database for Gun Background Checks, Read More.

Get Ready for Rolling Background Checks at Work, Read More.

Lawsuits

Lawsuit claims court clerk keeps documents from screeners, Read More.

Drug Testing

Fentanyl fuels rise in overdoses, Read More.

The Far-Reaching, Positive Impact of Workplace Drug Testing, Read More.

Drug testing your employees: Can you? Should you?, Read More.

Serena Williams Pushes Back in Strange Drug Testing Controversy, Read More.

More employers are dropping marijuana from drug tests. Here’s why the trend in Iowa is a slow burn, Read More.

Opiate and cocaine use up in Q2 2018 workforce drug tests, Read More.

Massachusetts Woman Suing Sodexo Over Drug Test Termination, Read More.

Big Brands

Uber drivers are now subject to continuous background checks, Read More.

State Farm Defeats Job Applicant’s Credit Check Lawsuit, Read More.

Lyft beefing up background checks after latest driver arrest, Read More.

 

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The Difference Between A Background Check and A Fingerprint Check

When it comes to background checks, a common topic is the advantages of fingerprint background checks versus regular background checks. It may be surprising to note that for most companies, fingerprint background checks are often not recommended as a primary source of information. Fingerprint checks can supplement and support safety, they have significant shortcomings that make them poorly suited for employment screening.

Fingerprint databases were designed for law enforcement. As such fingerprint databases available to the public are often out of date are never geographically comprehensive. While some industries may find fingerprinting useful, many companies will find fingerprint checks an inefficient use of time and money.

Overall, name-based background checks are a better choice for minimizing hiring risks when provided by an accredited screener. Name-based background checks can be specifically designed for employment. In addition, name-based background checks simply are more comprehensive and compliant than fingerprint checks alone.

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Regulatory & Legal Alerts – July 2018

Peopletrail actively tracks the regulatory and legal environment that surrounds employment and criminal background screening. Staying up-to-date with the law helps you remain compliant with the FCRA, EEOC, and other regulatory standards.  The following includes highlights of the most significant updates impacting the screening industry in recent weeks.

State

California 

Overlap Voids Background Check Laws, Calif. High Court Told, Read More.

5 Hiring Mistakes to Avoid in California, Read More.

Georgia

Georgia Enacts New Background Check Legislation for Long-Term Care Providers, Read More.

Illinois 

Illinois House Approves Uber & Lyft Background Check Measure, Read More.

New bill raises employment privacy concerns, Read More.

Iowa

Linn County bans criminal history question for county job seekers, Read More.

Johnson County joins Linn County in ‘banning the box,’ Read More.

Indiana

How Indiana’s Legalization of CBD Oil Will Impact Workplace Drug Testing, Read More.

Kansas

Governor Colyer issues Executive Order to “Ban the Box” on Executive Branch employment applications, Read More.

Massachusetts 

Background checks underway, CCC may start awarding licenses next week, Read More.

New York

Continued Enforcement of New York’s Ban the Box Law, Read More.

Oregon

Portland proposes to help renters expunge convictions, Read More.

Pennslyvania 

York City Council adopts fair chance hiring policy, Read More.

Federal LegislationFederal Legislation

Concerns Raised about Incomplete Background Checks on IRS Employees, Read More

Background Checks

How to deal with an employment background check when you get a job, Read More.

Research: Employers Willing to Overlook a Criminal Record to Hire the Right Person, Read More.

3 Reasons You Might Fail a Background Check at Work, Read More.

Research: Employers Willing to Overlook a Criminal Record to Hire the Right Person, Read More.

AG warns 21 employers they violated ban on asking about criminal convictions; 3 are fined, Read More.

3 Must-Do’s You Should Complete Beyond the Interview to Vet That Potential New Hire, Read More.

“He Was The Perfect Applicant… Until We Received The Background Check,” Read More.

7 HR Questions (and Answers) About Employment Screening, Read More.

Big Brands

J&J Can’t Arbitrate Applicant’s Background Check Claims, Read More.

Uber changes direction on drivers’ criminal history, Read More.

Drug Testing

When are you allowed to drug test an employee? Read More.

Does Drug Testing for Marijuana Tell Us Anything? Read More.

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Random Drug & Alcohol Testing Appeal, Read More.

Injured worker loses appeal on a positive drug test, Read More.

 

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Peopletrail To Attend The 2018 SHRM Convention In Chicago

Peopletrail, a leading background check and employment screening company, announced today it will attend the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual convention, June 17-21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

SHRM’s Annual Conference & Exposition is the world-renowned event for HR professional development. This national conference offers tools and resources to implement successful HR practices. As part of the SHRM Exposition, Peopletrail will feature its Actionable Insight Screening® services and the value Peopletrail provides as an accredited firm with technology integration and quick, human-filtered reporting.

“SHRM is a vital resource for the HR community and the annual event is a great opportunity for Peopletrail to learn and connect with HR professionals who are key influencers in the industry,” said Wallace T. Davis, President and CEO of Peopletrail. “This last year Peopletrail has focused on improving our integrated technology and building our customer service. These efforts will ensure we continue to provide the personalized care that has earned our client retention rate at 99.5%.”

It’s About Time

Peopletrail’s goal is to help companies hire quickly and securely by offering a smarter way to do background checks. After hearing about all the bad experiences companies have with employment screening companies, we think It’s about time you received timely and accurate background check results.

Stop by our booth to see how we can help you improve turnaround times and accuracy. We’ll show you the difference a smart background check makes.

Visit Peopletrail’s Booth #2023

Sign up now to schedule a live demo of our background screening platform or set up one-on-one meetings with Peopletrail experts about how we can help you with your current background screening program. Stop by the booth to enter to win an Apple Watch.

About SHRM18 in Chicago

At SHRM18, HR professionals will gain the tools and resources they need to implement successful HR practices and earn professional development to help their companies succeed. Attendees at the conference will hear proven business leaders, HR strategists, respected industry leaders and other HR professionals. There are over 200 sessions (both concurrent and mega sessions) organized into six tracks including Business and HR Strategy, HR compliance, Global HR, Professional Development, Talent Management and Total Rewards. There are recertification opportunities for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP or other general designation. Meet with new Vendors and Suppliers, such as Peopletrail at Booth #2023 at the Exhibition Hall. Attendees can discover innovative new products and services and speak with industry experts from all aspects of the HR world.

Visit Peopletrail at Booth #2023 to learn more.

 

 

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Ten Can’t Miss Sessions at SHRM 2018

At SHRM18, HR professionals will gain the tools and resources they need to implement successful HR practices and earn professional development to help their companies succeed. There are over 200 sessions in Chicago, June 17th – 20th making the conference a perfect time to learn and gain new insights.

Here are ten sessions you can’t miss at the upcoming SHRM National Conference:

1. Tsunami or Wave: The Washington Outlook for HR Public Policy

  • Michael P. Aitken, Vice President, Government Affairs, SHRM
  • Sunday, June 17 2018 12:30 PM – 02:00 PM
  • Learn about the current congressional activity as well as federal regulatory and judicial activity so you can better understand how your organization could be impacted.

2. I-9 and E-Verification Compliance: What has Changed and How to Protect Your Business

  • Becki Young, Founding partner, Hammond Young Immigration Law
  • Monday, June 18, 2018 7:00 AM – 8:15 AM
  • Leave with an understanding of the I-9 and E-Verify process including enforcement, procedures and tips to protect your organization.

3. Adaptability Is the New Change – Five Keys to Embracing Change and Transition

  • George Carroll, Motivational Speaker
  • Monday, June 18, 2018 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Learn how to manage your attitude, mindset and energy to successfully adapt to and handle change and transition.

4. Nine Minutes on Monday: The Quick and Easy Way to Go from Manager to Leader

  • James Robbins, President, The Robbins Group
  • Monday, June 18, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
  • Learn a quick and simple blueprint to follow to increase the engagement, motivation and productivity of your staff.

5. How to Audit Your Applicant Tracking Process for Compliance

  • Beth Ronnenburg, President, Berkshire Associates
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 7:00 AM – 8:15 AM
  • Learn how to audit and structure your applicant tracking process for compliance with current regulations.

6. Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated and Successful No Matter What

  • Srikumar S.Rao, Ph.D., CEO and founder, The RAO Institute
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Learn how to create a culture that is conducive to helping more of your employees live up to their fullest potential on a daily basis.

7. Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace

  • Christine Porath, Author, Mastering Civility and The Cost of Bad Behavior
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 2:15 PM – 4:15 PM
  • Discuss the varied ways incivility wrecks performance and robs your organization’s bottom line.

8. Top 10 Ways to Make Your Harassment Prevention Training Impactful and Consequential

  • Patti C. Perez, VP of Workplace Strategy, Emtrain
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
  • Learn about innovative techniques you can implement to make your harassment and diversity training sessions engaging, informative and immediately impactful.

 9. Closing General Session featuring Sheryl Sandberg

10. Bambi vs. Godzilla: How to Deal With Difficult People

Discover new innovations and fresh perspectives from HR industry experts. As the world’s largest HR marketplace, SHRM gives you access to thousands of solutions. Meet with Vendors like Peopletrail at Booth #2023. Stop by our booth to see how we can help you improve turnaround times and accuracy. We’ll show you the difference a smart background check makes.

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Regulatory & Legal Alerts – June 2018

Peopletrail actively tracks the regulatory and legal environment that surrounds employment and criminal background screening. Staying up-to-date with the law helps you remain compliant with the FCRA, EEOC, and other regulatory standards.  The following includes highlights of the most significant updates impacting the screening industry in recent weeks.

State

California 

San Francisco Amends Fair Chance Ordinance, Restricts Employer Inquiries About Marijuana-Related Convictions, Read More.

Overlap Voids Background Check Laws, Calif. High Court Told, Read More.

Georgia

Under Georgia Bill, Elder Care Workers Face Stricter Background Checks, Read More.

Georgia Enacts New Background Check Legislation for Long-Term Care Providers, Read More.

Illinois 

Illinois House Approves Uber & Lyft Background Check Measure, Read More.

Iowa

Linn County bans criminal history question for county job seekers, Read More.

Indiana

How Indiana’s Legalization of CBD Oil Will Impact Workplace Drug Testing, Read More.

Kansas

Governor Jeff Colyer signs order to ‘ban the box’ on criminal history for state jobs, Read More.

 

Massachusetts 

Background checks underway, CCC may start awarding licenses next week, Read More.

North Carolina

Wilmington City Council approves Ban the Box ordinance, Read More.

Pennslyvania 

Northampton County ‘bans the box’ but still must perform criminal checks for most jobs, Read More.

York City Council adopts fair chance hiring policy, Read More.

Tennessee

Legislation protecting Tennessee children passes, Read More.

Washington

Seattle Sued Over Law Banning Landlords from Conducting Criminal Background Checks, Read More.

Landlord group sues to block Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing law, Read More.

Federal LegislationFederal Legislation

Concerns Raised about Incomplete Background Checks on IRS Employees, Read More

Background Checks

Background check: verbal verification of employment and other intrusions, Read More.

Raymond James Background Check Suit Sent To Fla. Read More.

Background check best practices: Balancing the law with business needs, Read More.

How to deal with an employment background check when you get a job, Read More.

Tip sheet: When you should — and should not — do a background check on potential employees, Read More.

The Quality You Should Demand From Your Background Check Service, Read More.

Research: Employers Willing to Overlook a Criminal Record to Hire the Right Person, Read More.

3 Reasons You Might Fail a Background Check at Work, Read More.

MeToo has forever changed the ground rules for employers, Read More.

Research: Employers Willing to Overlook a Criminal Record to Hire the Right Person, Read More.

Big Brands

Frito-Lay pays $2.4M to settle applicants’ background check claims, Read More.

NAACP Settlement: Target Will Change Background Check Policy, Read More.

J&J Can’t Arbitrate Applicant’s Background Check Claims, Read More.

Uber Can’t Arbitrate Background Check Claims, Riders Say, Read More.

Drug Testing

Can California Employers Still Test for Marijuana? Read More.

Can Employers Discriminate Against Certified Medical Marijuana Users? Read More.

California pot shops about to be on the hook for steep state fees, background checks, Read More.

Facing Shrinking Applicant Pool, Employers Easing Drug Testing Requirements, Read More. 

When are you allowed to drug test an employee? Read More.

Positive workplace drug tests remain at 10-year high, Read More.

Does Drug Testing for Marijuana Tell Us Anything? Read More.

3 Things Employers Need to Know About Drug Testing Where Marijuana is Legal, Read More.

Omega Laboratories Announces Groundbreaking 17-panel Hair Drug Test to Help Organizations Tackle Drug Epidemic, Read More.

Confusion as marijuana is legalized but big banks still test employees, Read More.

Drug Test Cups Market Growth Analysis, Share, Demand by Regions, Types and Analysis of Key Players- Research Forecasts to 2023, Read More.

Drug testing has become perilous for employers, Read More. 

Q&A with Allen L. Hutson: Medical marijuana legalization poses unique questions for employers, Read More.

 

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Regulatory & Legal Alerts – May 2018

Peopletrail actively tracks the regulatory and legal environment that surrounds employment and criminal background screening. Staying up-to-date with the law helps you remain compliant with the FCRA, EEOC, and other regulatory standards.  The following includes highlights of the most significant updates impacting the screening industry in recent weeks.

State

California 

San Francisco Law Would Expand the Bar on Background Checks, Read More.

San Francisco Amends “Fair Chance Ordinance” to Align with Portions of California’s New Statewide Ban-the-Box Law, Read More.

Iowa

Iowa Amends Tough Drug Testing Law to Lower Standard for Positive Alcohol Tests, Read More.

Louisiana 

Rep. Barras introduces ridesharing legislation, Read More.

Massachusetts 

Massachusetts Adjusts Limits on Employer Inquiries into Job Applicants’ Criminal History, Read More.

Michigan

Michigan Bans the Ban: New Law Stops Local Government Regulations on Employer Inquiries, Read More.

New Jersey 

NJ marijuana legalization: Should employers drop drug tests?, Read More.

New York 

Latimer signs order to ‘Ban the Box’ for county job applicants, Read More.

Federal LegislationFederal Legislation

Federal judge dismisses gun background check system lawsuit, Read More

Background Checks

HR Confidential: I hired him without performing a background check. Then he stole his colleagues’ identities, Read More.

Imperva Largely Dodges Worker Background Check Suit, Read More.

Report: FCRA Litigation Filings Continue to Increase, Read More.

U.S. Youth Soccer facing legal challenge over background check issue, Read More.

Employee Background Checks: Avoiding FCRA Liability When Conducting Due Diligence, Read More.

Sherrod Brown seeks $20M for police drug-testing devices, Read More.

California Employers: Beware the Background Check Bugaboos, Read More.

Big Brands

Cunningham bill seeks stronger Uber background checks after driver charged in SLO rapes, Read More.

Target settles background check lawsuit for $3.7M, Read More.

Frito-Lay Agrees To Pay $2.4M In Background Check Action, Read More.

Uber boosts security with background checks and 911 integration, Read More.

Petco Applicants Seek OK Of $1.2M Background Check Deal, Read More.

Drug Testing

The 6 Most Ridiculous Ways People Have Tried To Pass A Drug Test, Read More.

World’s first fingerprint drug test can tell if person has taken cocaine, opiates, cannabis or amphetamines, Read More.

States move to ban fake urine, a new challenge for drug testing amid an abuse epidemic, Read More.

Barnett sues supplement company allegedly responsible for failed drug test, Read More.

Can Employers Still Drug Test if Cannabis is Legal in My State? Read More.

Cannabis Control Commission Divided on Background Check Process, Read More.

Credit Checks

Reminder: You Might Qualify For Part Of Toyota’s $21.9 Million Discrimination Settlement, Read More.

 

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How Long Does A Background Check Take?

The most common question people ask when considering background checks is “How long does a background check take?” Most consumer reporting agencies have similar answers—it depends.

It’s true that the time it takes to complete a background check can vary significantly. But for most clients, Peopletrail boasts a national average of 1.6 days with real-time updates on delays. Our screening specialists turn a three-week waiting period into one hour.  Learn more about what we do during that time.