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June 26, 2015

On June 12, 2015 a mall security guard shot and killed a 20 year old Children’s Museum employee, it was discovered that he had been working for four months with no guard card. A guard card is something issued by the Iowa Department of Public Safety that the state and employers use to certify that the guards have passed a background check. 

In the state of Iowa, security guards are not required to have any particular licensing. The same guards that patrol the schools, malls and corporations aren’t required

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June 25, 2015

As NBC Washington originally posted, the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) data has been compromised by hackers located in China. The particular data goes back 30 years for up to 32 million personnel files, including those of intelligence agents according to USA Today. Not only have current workers’ information been compromised, the information of past and potential Federal employees have also been compromised. 

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June 16, 2015

Many companies have been in the news lately for lawsuits alleging they violated the Federal Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in regards to background checks.  The FCRA has strict rules the employers must follow when conducting consumer reports.
 
As reported in PR Newswire, the Hertz Corporation, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group and their associated Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) have been added to the class action list for allegedly failing to comply with Fair Credit Reporting Act. According to the plaintiff, Peter Lee of Richmond, California there are three FCRA violation allegations:

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June 16, 2015

June 10, 2015 the National Law Review published their best practices for employee background checks. Although background checks are becoming standard protocol, it’s important to ensure absolute diligence in a few key areas; read on for important questions to ask yourself about protecting your organization.

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June 16, 2015

On June 8, 2015 NewsWorks reported that on Monday Pennsylvania House of Representatives committee advanced a bill aimed at making background checks less burdensome to those working with kids at a volunteer capacity. This is especially interesting because not long ago, legislators passed an expansion of the background check law following the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.  Specifically, Matthew Sandusky, spoke out about how his adoptive father found the ‘perfect victims’ by nonprofits while at an advocacy luncheon last month.

 

On June 8, 2015 NewsWorks reported that on Monday Pennsylvania House of Representatives committee advanced a bill aimed at making background checks less burdensome to those working with kids at a volunteer capacity. This is especially interesting because not long ago, legislators passed an expansion of the background check law following the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.  Specifically, Matthew Sandusky, spoke out about how his adoptive father found the ‘perfect victims’ by nonprofits while at an advocacy luncheon last month.

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May 22, 2015

OPENonline will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume regular business hours Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 8 am. Customer access will not be affected by this closure, but please remember that most businesses, including courts and state offices, will also be closed for the holiday. As a result, there may delays in processing of criminal, court and other records. Please join us in thanking all of those who have served our country and we wish you and your family a safe and happy Memorial Day!

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April 29, 2015

Mach Mining vs. EEOC Update: EEOC Must Try To Resolve Complaints Before SuingIn an update on the Mach Mining vs. EEOC lawsuit case, Dinsmore reports “on April 29, 2015, the Supreme Court unanimously held that courts may review whether the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has fulfilled its statutory duty to conciliate discrimination allegations.” This means the Supreme Court ruled the EEOC has an obligation to try and resolve complaints before they sue the accused company.

Dinsmore also reports “however, the power to review is narrow. A court may act as a factfinder only when presented with concrete evidence that the EEOC: (1) did not provide sufficient information about a charge, or (2) did not attempt to engage in a discussion about conciliating the claim.”

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April 27, 2015

Ohio State Background Check System Flawed and UnreliableA Columbus Dispatch investigation found the background check system used by the state of Ohiois flawed and unreliable. It was found the system does not always report accurate and up-to-date information. In fact, some background checks on criminals reported them having clean records.

The Dispatch states “thousands of intertwined criminal-conviction and fingerprint records with processing errors have hung in limbo in a twitchy computer system for months at a time while records of convictions don’t arrive promptly — or at all.”

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April 22, 2015

OSHA Updates Guidance For Protecting Healthcare And Social Service WorkersThe National Law Review reports the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated its guidelines for preventing workplace violence for healthcare and social service workers in an effort to reduce injury and risk.

In a press release, the OSHA stated “more than 23,000 significant injuries due to assault at work. More than 70 percent of these assaults were in healthcare and social service settings.”

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April 21, 2015

TSA Tightens Screening Laws for Aviation Workers, More Frequent Background Checks

The Washington Post reports the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is tightening screening rules and security measures for aviation workers. This comes in response to a criminal case where a Delta Air Lines worker allegedly smuggled guns from Atlanta to New York on commercial airplanes.

All airport and airline employees traveling as passengers must undergo the same TSA screening that all other passengers do. On-duty pilots and crew members are exempt from this rule.

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