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Background Checks

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Required security clearance doesn’t violate CHRIA

07/10/2018
The Pennsylvania Criminal History Records Information Act restricts how employers may use criminal records in hiring. That doesn’t mean employers cannot require a security clearance from an outside agency.

What pre-hire checks do employers run?

06/05/2018
Criminal background checks are the most common kind of pre-hire screening.

Software could streamline criminal checks

04/26/2018
A San Francisco-based software company called Checkr has obtained $100 million in startup funds for software that lets employers quickly run criminal background checks on job applicants.

Complying with ‘ban the box’ turns out to be pretty easy

03/27/2018
A new study by the WorldatWork HR association found that 44% of employers that have banned asking candidates about their salary history report that doing so has been very or extremely simple.

Washington to ‘ban the box’

03/15/2018

Washington becomes the 11th state to prohibit private-sector employers from asking about arrests or criminal convictions on job applications.

A background check, an interview, then handcuffs

01/18/2018

When a man applied for a dispatcher job at an Arizona police department, the required background check revealed an arrest warrant.

Legal updates: Safe time in NYC, pay query ban in Albany

01/09/2018

Cities and municipalities continue to pass new laws affecting how employers manage their workforces. Here is a look at the new NYC “safe time” leave law and Albany County’s new rules on interview questions.

Assignment scope determines background checker liability

12/06/2017

If you run background checks before hiring, the information you request may limit liability for the investigating firm you use.

Don’t base hiring decision on medical history

11/09/2017

When evaluating applicants, you may consider whether their current health affects their ability to do the job, but you can’t factor in old injuries or medical conditions.

‘Criminal’ doesn’t get Title VII protection

09/26/2017
For an applicant to sue under Title VII, she can’t merely allege that she suffered because of having a criminal record.
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