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Maryland Registration Requirement for CRAs

Maryland requires consumer reporting agencies to register with the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation if you “intend to conduct consumer credit reporting services in the State of Maryland.” Last week I...more

Congress Considers Changes to FCRA to Expand Consumer Credit Files and Limit Use of Credit Reports for Employment Decisions

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulates consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) and the use of consumer reports. The FCRA’s stated purpose includes requiring CRAs to adopt reasonable procedures for meeting the needs of...more

“Ban the Box” Gains Momentum, At Least with Public Employers – Tennessee Becomes Latest State to Bar State Agencies from Asking...

Tennessee has become one of the latest states to “ban the box,” joining a growing list of jurisdictions barring employers from asking about job applicants’ criminal histories. As of April 18, 2016, a total of 23 states and...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — May 2016

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The May edition of the Insider Report discusses recent agency...more

Competing Budgets

Lengthy floor sessions ensued this week as House and Senate lawmakers took up supplemental budget bills in their respective chambers. The Republican House had three bills to debate over the course of the week. The DFL Senate...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Legislature Reconvenes Today, May Possibly Adjourn sine die The Maine State Legislature...more

Registration Requirement for CRAs in Rhode Island

Rhode Island has a quirky statute that arguably requires any consumer reporting agency who provides credit reports or information to state residents to register with the Department of State – Business Services Division. I...more

White House Fair Chance Business Pledge

Nineteen companies joined President Obama as founding companies of the White House’s Fair Chance Business Pledge.  According to the White House Fact Sheet, “The pledge represents a call-to-action for all members of the...more

Recent Decisions in Class Actions Mixed Bag for Uber, Lyft

It was a mixed bag on the litigation front for Uber and Lyft last week following a string of decisions in class action lawsuits against these companies. On Tuesday, April 5, the Ninth Circuit granted Uber’s petition to...more

Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration Announces Crackdown on Employee Background Checks

Florida’s Chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America just advised that Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration released an e-blast today warning that it will begin to carefully scrutinize employee rosters at...more

Get your student pilot certificate and commercial drone operator certificate sooner rather than later

As of April 1 individuals seeking their student pilot certificate must wait until the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background checks are completed before receiving the certification, whereas prior to the...more

HHS Finalizes Exception to HIPAA Privacy Rule for Firearm Background Checks

In January of 2016, the Department of Health & Human Services (“HHS”) issued a final rule modifying the HIPAA Privacy Rule. This modification allows certain covered entities to disclose the identities of certain individuals...more

Labour and Employment Criminal Background Checks

In an increasingly competitive business environment, it is perhaps more important than ever for employers to exercise prudence and caution in hiring and maintaining their workforce. Background checks, including criminal...more

Wisconsin Employers Targeted for Technical Violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Within the past year, one Wisconsin resident has filed several class-action lawsuits against Wisconsin employers. In each case, the resident claimed that the targeted employers were using improper disclosures in employment...more

Legal Risks with Managing Employees in the Social Media Era

Social media continues to be a growing platform for applicants, employees, and employers to use for marketing, company branding, and employee engagement. As with any computer technology, the use of social media in the...more

Focused Technologies fined $3.1 million for outsourcing to India

Focused Technologies Imaging Services (Focused Technologies) of Menands, New York was awarded a $3.45 million contract by the state of New York back in 2008 to digitize and scan records of background checks of 22 million...more

What Employers Need to Know About "Ban the Box"

“Ban the Box” or “Fair-Chance Hiring” describes a recent movement that advocates removing the check box appearing on many job applications asking applicants whether they have criminal histories. Ban-the-box advocates say that...more

Social Media-Based Screening and FCRA

By now, most employers are familiar with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and understand how it impacts background checks and applicant screening. In short, FCRA says that if an employer uses a third...more

Spring Cleaning – Check Your Background Disclosure Form For FCRA Violations

In a trend that shows no signs of slowing down, lawsuits continue to be filed against employers for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (“FCRA”) strict requirements concerning background check disclosure forms. If the...more

HIPAA Modifications to Strengthen Firearm Background Checks

As part of the President's recently announced initiative to strengthen background checks for firearm purchases, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a modification to the HIPAA regulations. According to...more

Employment Law - March 2016

Failure to WARN Alleged in Complaint Against Yahoo - Why it matters - In a novel lawsuit, a former employee of Yahoo claims that the company manipulated its performance-review rating system in order to dodge both...more

Most States Delayed in Implementing Long-Term Care Background Check Program, OIG Finds

The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG’s) recent report found significant delays in states’ implementation of a background check program for long-term care employees. Because the interplay between Ban the Box laws and...more

Employers: Criminal History Inquiries May Get Tricky

Last week the California Fair Employment and Housing Council of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (or, in short, the Council) announced its proposed amendment to the California Code of Regulations, aiming to...more

Uber Settles Class Action Over “Safe Rides” Fee

Uber announced that it has reached a settlement in two putative class action lawsuits, Philliben v. Uber Technologies, Inc. and Mena v. Uber Technologies, Inc., which alleged that Uber’s labeling of a $1 charge as a “Safe...more

The Value of Background Checks – A Legally Compliant Screening Program

The Affordable Care Act provides grants to states to implement background check programs for prospective long-term-care employees in settings such as nursing facilities, home health agencies and hospices....more

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