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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.


*THIS SITE CANNOT AND DOES NOT CONTAIN LEGAL ADVICE* This information provided by Peopletrail on our website and blog is for general information purposes only. Peopletrail and their representatives are not lawyers; nothing in this blog or provided by Peopletrail should be deemed as legal guidance or advice. All information on the site is provided in good faith, however, we make no representation or warranty or any kind, expressed or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, and availability or completeness of any information on our Site. Users are solely responsible for complying with all local, state, and federal laws as they may relate to any information provided in this Blog. Peopletrail recommends utilization of a competent legal representative for any legal issues. Under no circumstance shall we have any liability to you for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of the site or reliance on any information provided on the site. Your use of the site and your reliance on any information on the site is solely at your own risk.
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Regulatory & Legal Alerts – Apr. 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

Missouri

Kansas City Council votes to ‘ban the box’ for ex-offenders seeking jobs, Read More.

Pennslyvania 

York City Council aims to ‘Ban the Box’ permanently, Read More.

Washington

Washington State’s New Ban-the-Box Law Completes the West Coast Trend, Read More.

Federal Legislation

Judge Rules EEOC Background Check Guidance Is Unenforceable, Read More.

Background Checks

Can a hair test for drug use have a racial bias? Boston court case will be closely watched, Read More.

Ontario, Canada Introduces New Legislation Banning Compensation Questions, Read More.

Big Brands

Boy Scouts to expand background checks to all adults chaperoning 3-day events, Read More.

Drug Testing

The Coming Decline of the Employment Drug Test, Read More.

Drug Testing an Employee Who Reports a Work-Related Accident? Special Rules Apply, Read More.

Another field drug test mistake sends woman to jail — for months, Read More.

Mines maintain strict marijuana policies, Read More.

DOT sends a reminder about drug testing changes, Read More.

Fingerprint Test Could Revolutionize Drug Testing, Read More.

NYPD sergeant testifies she doesn’t do drugs as she claims she failed random test because of hair weave, Read More.

Maine just became the first state to protect cannabis use outside work, Read More.

More than 4 million people left the workforce because of opioid addiction, according to study, Read More.

 

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Regulatory & Legal Alerts – Mar. 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

Alabama

Alabama House passes bill on church daycare regulations, Read More.

Alabama Legislature poised to pass state ride-share bill, Read More.

Georgia

Georgia bill would require tougher long-term care worker background checks, Read More.

Idaho

Lawmaker wants Idaho to ‘ban the box’ to help ex-offenders get jobs, Read More.

Missouri

KC Council votes to ‘ban the box’ for ex-offenders seeking jobs, Read More.

Virginia

Virginia Senate Passes Ban-the-Box Bill for Employment, Read More.

Local child care centers adapting to laws for background checks, Read More.

Washington

Washington House votes to ‘Ban the Box’ Read More.

Fair Chance Housing Law Offers Renewed Hope to the Formerly Incarcerated,  Read More.

Federal Legislation

Judge says EEOC can’t enforce background check regs against Texas, Read More.

Background Checks

How the Fair Credit Reporting Act Protects You, Read More.

Should I Tell Prospective Employers About My Recent Legal Problems? Read More.

How To Do A Background Check On Your Financial Pro, Read More.

Nuclear Plant Loses Access to Background Check Database, Read More.

Know Before You Hire: 2018 Employment Screening Trends, Read More.

Improved Employment Screening Will Make Candidates Happier in 2018, Read More.

Agency Conducting Government Background Checks Has Backlog Of 700,000, Read More.

Candace Moody: Trends in background screening, Read More.

Background Check Co. Settles Claims Over Faulty Report, Read More.

How to choose a Background Check Firm, Part 1. Read More.

Three Questions You Can Never Ask Prospective Employees, Read More.

Big Brands

Amazon Fights Cert. Bid In Background Check Suit, Read More.

‘A trust has been broken’ — YMCA implements daily sex offender registry checks, Read More. 

AG Healey announces settlement with Care.com over background checks, Read More.

Drug Testing

Opioid Epidemic Spurs Increase in Drug Testing, Risks for Employers, Read More.

Pot and the California employer post-Prop. 64, Read More.

DOT expands list for transport worker drug tests, Read More.

More Efficient Method Devised to Drug Test Athletes, Read More.

Hair, Saliva or Urine—Which Is Best for Drug-Testing Job Candidates? Read More.

 

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Peopletrail Appoints Todd Williams As Chief Revenue Officer

SALT LAKE CITY (February 23, 2018) — Peopletrail, a leading background and consumer reporting agency, announced today that it has appointed Todd N. Williams as the company’s new Chief Revenue Officer.  Williams joins Peopletrail to work on new assignments including M&A, Revenue Growth, and Sales Marketing efforts.

With the addition of Williams, Peopletrail plans to identify new opportunities, new partnership arrangements, and create an environment of technical expertise. Wallace T. Davis, President and CEO of Peopletrail believes this growth at Peopletrail continues a commitment to providing technology and accurate analytical expert solutions that will better enable all aspects of the hiring process.

“We are excited to welcome Todd to Peopletrail.  Over the past several years, we have experienced high growth and feel like it’s now time to escalate our potential and hire an experienced leader in fast-track growth,” said Davis.  “We know that with the partnerships of our existing clients and our future abilities to disrupt the market, we can be a valuable source of analytics for our clients.”

Peopletrail adds William’s expertise in working with enterprise and Fortune 500 organizations to help advance hiring solutions.  Prior to joining Peopletrail, Williams served as Worldwide EVP at InMoment, a cloud-based customer experience (CX) intelligence platform, and as VP Worldwide Customer Success at InContact.  His sales experience includes IBM, as Director, Sales & Client Services where he led a ~$320 million hardware sales team.  In addition, his experience includes time at Adobe/Omniture where he was responsible for more than $175 million in reoccurring revenue.

William’s extensive expertise in building global, leading, high-growth SaaS organizations will expand Peopletrail’s offerings and services.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the leadership team at Peopletrail and help guide the revenue growth potential in a strategic way,” said Williams.  “Over the past few decades, I’ve led software and hardware teams in Sales, Service, and Operations and look forward to the unprecedented growth that we can experience together.”

About Peopletrail

Peopletrail® is a leading provider of custom employment screening, criminal background checks, tenant screening, drug screening, ATS integration and corporate security solutions.

Oracle Gold Partner. NAPBS accredited. Only Peopletrail® combines superior customer service through dedicated account managers with efficient, state-of-the-art technology integration to deliver on-demand, accurate and timely consumer reporting results.

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Peopletrail Named the Preferred Screening Provider of The NAIA

Intercollegiate athletic organizations can now use Peopletrail, a leading provider of background screening services, at a discounted member rate to determine the eligibility of their staffs.

Peopletrail announced today that it has become the preferred screening services provider of The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the governing body of small, intercollegiate athletics programs.

This partnership between Peopletrail and The NAIA will help expand the use of background checks at NAIA member institutions. Peopletrail will also extend special pricing to screen sports officials and other NAIA staff.

“Peopletrail is a leader in the athletics industry and will be instrumental in providing the tools our institutions need for unbiased and customized screening programs,” said Jim Carr, president and CEO of NAIA.

Wallace T. Davis, President and CEO of Peopletrail, is confident that this partnership will deliver an easy and precise safety solution for many athletic organizations across the country.

“We are excited to address a key issue of safety in sports, and that’s the character of the coaches themselves,” said Davis. “Knowing who is ready to work with the athletes is absolutely essential so we can put safety first in sports.”

To learn more visit https://www.peopletrail.com/naia

About NAIA

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is the governing body for athletics programs at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. NAIA’s long-held mission is to promote the education and development of well-rounded students and productive citizens through intercollegiate athletics. The Association offers equitable access and opportunities for participation in its 25 national championship events held annually throughout the country.

About Peopletrail

Peopletrail® is a leading provider of custom employment screening, criminal background checks, tenant screening, drug screening, ATS integration and corporate security solutions. Oracle Gold Partner. NAPBS accredited. Only Peopletrail® combines superior customer service through dedicated account managers with efficient, state-of-the-art technology integration to deliver on-demand, accurate and timely consumer reporting results.

Read the original press release here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/02/prweb15236541.htm

 

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Regulatory & Legal Alerts – Feb. 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

New Jersey

Christie signs criminal record expungement bills, calling them ‘life-saving’ measures. Read More.

Nevada

New laws take effect in Nevada in 2018. Read More.

California

Immigration-Related Law Takes Effect in California Affecting All Employers, Read More.

Now That Pot Is Legal In California, Can I Still Be Drug Tested For A Job? Read More.

Washington

WA Legislators Could Help Level Playing Field for Ex-Inmates, Read More.

Missouri

‘Ban the box’: Proposed Kansas City ordinance would prevent employers, landlords from asking about felony charges, Read More.

Virgina

Virginia Senate Passes Ban-the-Box Bill for Employment, Read More.

Pennsylvania 

Officials formally act to ‘ban the box’ Read More.

Federal Legislation

The Spokeo Chronicles: FCRA Criminal Background Pre-Adverse Action Claim Dismissed for Lack of Standing, Read More.

House Close to Passing Bill Establishing National Background Checks For Volunteers, Read More.

Background Checks

The EEOC Continues to Press Litigation Under Title VII Concerning Employer Criminal Records Checks, Read More.

Ringing in 2018 with New Ban-The-Box Laws, Read More.

Have You Checked the Background of Your New Hire Yet? Read More.

Laws Governing Background Checks for Employers, Read More.

A Research On Employee Background Verification Trends for Startups, Read More.

Imperva Seeks To Nix Worker Background Check Class Action, Read More.

Government auditor says background check review process is at ‘high risk’ Read More.

Big Brands

Rental car company to settle background check suit for $2.7 million. Read More.

UPS Fires 32-Year Black Employee After Failed Drug Test Despite His Medical-Marijuana Card, Read More.

FedEx wins in bias suit filed by former employee, Read More.

Lyft Fined After Hiring Driver With Felony Convictions, Read More.

National Limousine Association Refutes Uber and Lyft’s Claims Concerning Background Checks, Read More.

Drug Testing

Employment – Drug testing – Age discrimination, January 11, 2018, Read More. 

Employee’s Refusal to Take Drug Test Dooms Discrimination Claim, Read More.

Navigating drug testing requirements as state laws increasingly conflict with federal regs, Read More.

Opioid Testing by Employers Is Becoming More Common, Read More.

Oklahoma businesses face harsh consequences from SQ 788, Read More.

 

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Why You Should Care About Accreditation

An accredited background check is vital to hiring. Less than 2% of the thousands of consumer reporting agencies you could partner with are accredited. That means that 98% of background check companies are under no obligation to provide you with information that is accurate. These companies don’t have certifications that protect your company’s interests or your employee’s rights—Leaving you liable.

Each year, U.S. employers request millions of background checks. And each year, improper background check practices result in thousands of FCRA lawsuits and millions owed by employers.

Accreditation is an important seal of approval to look for because it offers unbiased validation that we are actually doing what we promise. The best way to ensure an accurate and efficient onboarding process is to work with an accredited screening company.

What is NAPBS Accreditation?NAPBS Accreditation Seal

NAPBS Accreditation means consumer protection, a commitment to best practices, and compliance with state and federal laws.

This seal of approval comes from The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Governed by a strict and thorough set of professional standards and requirements, this program is the widely recognized seal of approval. Having NAPBS accreditation recognizes an employment screening organization’s commitment to achieving excellence through high standards.

To qualify, consumer reporting agencies must pass rigorous onsite audits of their policies and procedures. The accreditation process is a demanding and labor-intensive exercise in patience, perseverance, organizational efficiency, and attention to detail—that is why many background screening companies don’t bother.

If you have compliant practices, then an NAPBS accredited company is for you.

Why is Accreditation Important?

A screening company’s NAPBS accreditation shows more than just organizational integrity. It shows the ongoing commitment to protect the interests of your company and the rights of your employee.

NAPBS Accredited background screeners have proven expertise, a positive compliance history, and systems in place to align with current State and Federal regulations. The background screening company must show a documented understanding of, and compliance with, all federal and state laws that pertain to hiring decisions.

Imagine what could happen if you partnered with a non-accredited screening company to perform a background check on one of your employees. That screening company might give you information connect to a different individual with the same name. This bad information could lead to the loss of a great hire or could even leave your business liable.

How Does It Benefit Your Business?

Employers need to know that while there are many ways to perform a background check, some of these ways are a waste of time and resources—so some companies could take advantage of you.

A quick Internet search for “background check” will produce many companies. Be wary of claims to provide a “free” or “immediate” background check on anyone in the country. Sometimes companies perform searches with limited or incomplete records, using sources that are available to the public. The information that you get from these companies may not be very reliable.

Not all background checks are the same. Working with an NAPBS accredited firm translates into higher quality background checks, better customer service, stronger client education, and less risk for your hiring decisions, as well as supporting your commitment to minimizing risk in the workplace.

How Do You Know If a Company Is Accredited?

Be sure to ask your employment screening partner about their accreditation status. You can also look for the seal on their website.


*THIS SITE CANNOT AND DOES NOT CONTAIN LEGAL ADVICE* This information provided by Peopletrail on our website and blog is for general information purposes only. Peopletrail and their representatives are not lawyers; nothing in this blog or provided by Peopletrail should be deemed as legal guidance or advice. All information on the site is provided in good faith, however, we make no representation or warranty or any kind, expressed or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, and availability or completeness of any information on our Site. Users are solely responsible for complying with all local, state, and federal laws as they may relate to any information provided in this Blog. Peopletrail recommends utilization of a competent legal representative for any legal issues.
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