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March 26, 2015

Idaho Senate OKs Bill to Ease Restrictions on Uber

On Wednesday, the Idaho Senate voted 23-11 in favor of HB 262, a bill permitting Uber to bypass city ordinances and operate the way it wants, sending the measure to the governor’s desk. The bill, proposed by a lobbyist for Uber, comes after the company suspended operations in Boise in February.

March 26, 2015

Violent Sex Offender Hired as Mall Easter Bunny

People magazine reports a Pennsylvania mall unknowingly hired a registered sex offender as their mall Easter Bunny. Michael Paul Jacobs, a convicted sexually violent predator, spent 12 hours portraying the Easter Bunny at Westmoreland Mall in Greensburg, Pennsylvania before he was immediately terminated once the company learned of his criminal record.

March 24, 2015

OPENonline Expands ATS Integration Solutions to Improve Onboarding, Hiring Quality and Employment Screening Compliance

OPENonline, a leading provider of employment background screening services that is accredited by the NAPBS® Background Screening Credentialing Council, today announced an expansive list of strategic partnerships with the industry’s premier applicant tracking system (ATS) providers. Organizations integrating with OPENonline have the ability to manage the entire hiring process from a single interface, including ordering, tracking, and managing employment screening.

March 20, 2015

Senators Readying Background Check Amendment to Include in Human Trafficking Bill

U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) are proposing legislation that would require thorough federal background checks for all school employees who have unsupervised contact with children. The legislation was originally pitched in 2014 as the Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act.

March 19, 2015

The Portland City Council is a considering a citywide Ban the Box ordinance that would prevent employers from asking about criminal histories on job applications, therefore eliminating the past convictions checkbox. The city already enacted Ban the Box for public employers in 2014, and the new policy would extend these regulations to include private employers with as little as six employees.

March 16, 2015

Whole Foods Sued Over Background Checks

Whole Foods is currently facing a class action lawsuit over the way it divulges background check documents and authorizations to employees and applicants. In the midst of this lawsuit, the plaintiff, Colin Speer, is seeking class certification.

March 4, 2015

New Mexico Senate Passes Ban the Box Bill for Private Employers

A bipartisan bill to extend current statewide ban the box policies to include private employers passed the New Mexico Senate Monday. The Criminal Offender Employment Act Eligibility bill (SB 120) will expand upon New Mexico’s existing Ban the Box law, which prohibits government agencies from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal past on initial job applications.

February 24, 2015

Georgia Governor Passes Ban the Box Initiative

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order Monday for a Ban the Box initiative. This order bars state employers from asking applicants about their criminal history on initial job applications.

The Governor signed the order in hopes to help criminals integrate back into society and avoid getting locked up again.

February 20, 2015

Fourth Circuit Rejects EEOC Disparate Impact Claim in Freeman Case

On Friday the Fourth Circuit rejected the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) latest attempt to expand disparate impact law in EEOC v. Freeman, No.13-2365 (4th Cir. Feb. 20, 2015). According to Seyfarth Shaw LLP, today’s decision “[…]affirms a summary judgment ruling by Judge Roger Titus of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland last August, which dismissed the EEOC’s nationwide pattern or practice lawsuit due to the EEOC’s reliance on ‘laughable’ and ‘unreliable’ expert analysis.”

February 19, 2015

Macon-Bibb County Georgia Passes Ban the Box

The Macon-Bibb County commissioners voted to Ban the Box on the county’s employment forms for applicants with criminal records. By a 6-3 vote, commissioners voted to approve a resolution to have the county attorney write the ordinance. Once the county attorney writes the ordinance, it goes to the commission for a full vote.

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