Angela Preston – EmployeeScreenIQ

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Employers’ Hands are Tied: New Washington D.C. Law Goes Beyond Ban the Box

With over a year of debate and some last minute amendments, the District of Columbia’s Council has passed a ban-the-box law that includes its own unique list of considerations before an employer can withdraw an offer of…more
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The 411 on 420: Marijuana, Drug Testing, and the Workplace

Can you fire someone for testing positive for marijuana in the workplace? With pot dispensaries outnumbering Starbucks in cities like Denver, and websites like weedmaps popping up on the web, it’s a legitimate question…more
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No Evidence of Injury Required for FCRA Claim: Spokeo Takes it on the Chin in the 9th Circuit

Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) litigation is trending. It is no secret that FCRA cases have picked up some steam over the past year. While new class actions about background checks continue to pop up almost weekly, an…more
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New York AG Blasts Background Screening Process

Last week a press release from the New York Attorney General’s office raised some eyebrows about background screening practices—not an uncommon headline these days. According to the release “Four of the nation’s largest…more
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San Francisco Joins the Growing Number to Ban The Box

Employers in the city or county of San Francisco may no longer inquire about criminal history on employment applications or during interviews. Titled the The Fair Chance Ordinance, No. 17-14, the new law prohibits both private…more
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Avoid a Lawsuit: 5 Things Employers Should Know About the FCRA

It’s not easy keeping up with the legal trends in employment background screening. One of those trends is the recent wave of lawsuits being filed against employers for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)…more
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Whole Foods Hit With FCRA Class Action For Background Checks

Whole Foods Market is the latest target of a class action law suit for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Whole Foods is in good company—national companies like Disney, Domino’s Pizza, CVS, and K-Mart…more
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K-Mart to Pay $3M to settle Background Screening Claim

K-Mart, the mega retailer known for its blue light specials, is paying out $3 million to settle a class action suit for alleged background screening violations. The suit was settled in mediation, and if approved, it will…more
| Consumer Protection, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

Trend to Watch in 2012: Reining In Data Brokers

As 2012 drew to a close, two federal agencies made it clear that they intended to continue their focus on web-based information providers—so-called “data brokers”. On December 14, 2012, The FTC issued orders for information from…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Court Allows Discovery of Private Posts on Facebook

Facebook is a seemingly endless source of juicy intel. As such, I always recommend that users lock down their privacy settings if they want to keep “the man” out of their timeline. Public posts are fair game for employers and…more
| Civil Procedure, Electronic Discovery, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

Indiana Law Takes a Bite Out of Criminal Background Checks

A new Indiana law limits certain types of criminal history information available to employers conducting background checks. The new law provides that, effective July 1, 2012, ex-offenders who have "restricted" records can state…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

Federal Contractor Settles Discrimination Claims for 2M

The DOL looks to be taking a chapter straight from the EEOC’s playbook, using its enforcement authority over federal contractors to allege discrimination by challenging the impact of background screening programs…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Consumer Protection

Update: Spokeo Settles with the FTC for $800,000

Today marks a first for the FTC, which announced a settlement with Spokeo to the tune of $800,000. This is the first case of it's kind, involving the investigation of a web-based search engine by the FTC, resulting in a big…more
| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Spokeo: Back on the Hot Seat in the 9th Circuit

So what is a site like Spokeo? A CRA? A data broker? Just a search engine? None of the above? The 9th Circuit is being ask to revive a case alleging that the site is used by employers to conduct background checks, and should…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Ban the Box- Security Info Watch

This article was originally published in Security Info Watch (securityinfowatch.com). It discusses the recent wave of legislation aimed at limiting the use of credit and criminal information in the hiring process. The so-called…more
| Labor & Employment Law
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