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February 8, 2016

Compliance MattersThe hiring process for any company can be challenging and complex. Aside from identifying the right talents and skills, employers must ensure they are hiring staff that do not put the company's assets, client relationships or employees at risk. This is why working with a trusted screening vendor can be integral to the recruitment process, as these partners enable employers to make thoughtful, comprehensive hiring decisions. 

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January 28, 2016

The Social Media Screening Trend Is Set to ContinueAs workplace dynamics continue to change, recruiters face the challenge of evolving their hiring practices while simultaneously remaining compliant throughout the process. One key differentiator that sets modern workplaces apart from those in the past is the prominence of millennials. According to Pew Research Center, more than one-third of workers were millennials as of 2015. One common behavior of millennial workers is their heavy social media use, which means employers have access to a breadth of information that can potentially inform their hiring decisions.

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January 28, 2016

Healthcare organizations that hire practitioners or contract with outside vendors must strike a balance between avoiding negligent hiring decisions and ensuring adverse actions do not exclude valid candidates for positions they are qualified for. However, the pre-employment screening process for this industry can be more complex than others, and employers can face greater liability for making uninformed hiring decisions.Healthcare organizations that hire practitioners or contract with outside vendors must strike a balance between avoiding negligent hiring decisions and ensuring adverse actions do not exclude valid candidates for positions they are qualified for. However, the pre-employment screening process for this industry can be more complex than others, and employers can face greater liability for making uninformed hiring decisions.

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January 18, 2016

Ban the Box: What It Means for EmployersAs legislators continue to shape the way businesses select workers, it's beneficial for employers to remain informed of these laws. Background on Ban the Box Ban the Box began as a movement in 1990 that encouraged employers to remove questions about criminal backgrounds from job applications. The motive behind this push was to give workers with a prior criminal background the opportunity to be considered objectively among other qualifying applicants.

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January 18, 2016

When it comes to shared spaces, workers and employers alike want to know they are in a safe environment. Moreover, as businesses launch innovative offerings like ridesharing services, customers want to know they are in safe hands. OPENOnline has shared over eighteen articles just in the last year on the continued conversations about background checks in regard to Uber and Lift.When it comes to shared spaces, workers and employers alike want to know they are in a safe environment. Moreover, as businesses launch innovative offerings like ridesharing services, customers want to know they are in safe hands. OPENOnline has shared over eighteen articles just in the last year on the continued conversations about background checks in regard to Uber and Lift.

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January 15, 2016

SeyfSeyfarth Shaw LLP has released its annual report EEOC-Initiated Litigation: Case Law Developments In 2015 And Trends to Watch for In 2016 that offers the most definitive source of analysis focusing exclusively on EEOC-related litigation.arth Shaw LLP has released its annual report EEOC-Initiated Litigation: Case Law Developments In 2015 And Trends to Watch for In 2016 that offers the most definitive source of analysis focusing exclusively on EEOC-related litigation.
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January 10, 2016

Much has changed over the years, from technology to hiring practices, but one simple truth remains as accurate as ever: You can't judge a book by its cover. This is why employment background screening remains so important in today's business world, especially as liability risks grow and employers increasingly depend on compliant and accurate information to succeed.

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January 8, 2016

New California law targets employer use of E-VerifyOne of the many operational challenges employers face when hiring staff is the verification process. As of October 2015, the process has become more complex and businesses must take additional steps to remain compliant with federal law.

Assembly Bill 622, authored by Asssemblymember Roger Hernández, was signed by California Governor Brown on Oct. 13, 2015. The new bill limits the misuse of E-Verify by prohibiting employers from using the service in a manner that is not compliant with federal regulations. Additionally, the law imposes financial and civil penalties for companies that do not remain compliant, clarifies the meaning of "tentative non-confirmation" and restricts employers from verifying existing workers.

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January 4, 2016

OPENonline, LLC  Announces Continued Accreditation with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation ProgramOPENonline, an industry leading provider of employment background checks, is pleased to announce their achievement in continued accreditation with the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). OPENonline will continue to be formally recognized as Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) Accredited. This accreditation acknowledges the successful completion of the BSAAP Audit and is formal recognition of OPENonline’s commitment to industry-leading standards in data security, consumer protection, legal compliance, integrity and professionalism.

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December 31, 2015

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