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September 12, 2014

AZ Lawmakers Crafting Screening Law for Hotels After Multiple Sexual Assaults

Two Arizona lawmakers have promised to push for legislation requiring hotels to conduct background checks on all of their workers after two hotel chains failed to properly screen an employee who was a high-level sex offender. According to police reports, on separate occasions at different hotels, the same employee used his master key to enter the rooms of two women and rape them. There are currently no Arizona laws requiring background checks on those working in the hotel industry.

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September 9, 2014

D.C. Bans the Box, Mayor Signs Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014

As expected, Mayor Vincent Gray has signed the Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014 to prevent most employers in D.C. from asking prospective employees about their criminal history on the initial job application. The Act applies to employers with more than 10 employees working in D.C. Exclusions include positions where a federal or D.C. law or regulation requires the consideration of an applicant’s criminal history; positions designated by the employer as part of a federal or D.C. program designed to encourage employment of individuals with criminal histories and; employers that provide programs, services direct care to minors or vulnerable adults.

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September 9, 2014

Bill Pushes for Background Checks on Youth Focused Nonprofits

A bill that would allow youth-serving nonprofit groups access to federal criminal background checks on new employees and volunteers is gaining the support of national organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the YMCA of the USA. The bipartisan legislation, known as the Child Protection Improvements and Electronic Life Safety Security Systems Act, would allow these organizations to access to FBI background checks for volunteers and new employees, enabling them to check for violent or sex crimes committed anywhere in the country.

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September 5, 2014

Volunteer Fire Fighters May Foot Bill for Own Background Checks

The Board of Supervisors in DeSoto County in Mississippi are considering a proposal that would require volunteer fire fighters to pay for their own background checks. This would cost fire fighters $23 per screening. The Board of Supervisors discussed the proposal when talking about the budget. They noted it would cost tax payers a lot of money if they had to foot the bill.

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September 2, 2014

Minnesota Drug Testing Law Does Not Apply to Out-of-State EmployeesA federal court in Minnesota has ruled that Minnesota’s Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act (DATWA) does not apply to employees who work or are applying to work outside the state of Minnesota. In Olson v. Push, Inc., Push, Inc., a non-Minnesota company, which also does business in Minnesota, offered a Minnesota resident a job in another state. After accepting the offer, the employee submitted to a pre-employment drug/alcohol test, which was administered in Minnesota.

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August 27, 2014

Syracuse, NY Considers Joining the Ban the Box Movement

The Syracuse city council is considering and reviewing Ban the Box legislation that would ban all city departments from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history on initial job applications. Last year in 2013, lawmakers introduced a Ban the Box bill that would have required all employers, both public and private, in the city to hold off on criminal history questions until the initial phase of job applications were over.

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August 27, 2014

Happy Labor Day from OPENonline

OPENonline will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of Labor Day. We will return to normal operation on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 8 a.m. EST. Many government agencies will also be closed for the national holiday. Minor delays may occur for some search results.

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August 26, 2014

Last year, Massachusetts Governor Decal Patrick signed H4307, “An Act Relative to Background Checks,” which requires all school personnel to undergo national and state background checks. The Massachusetts school districts are now seeing the effects of this policy take place.

Last year, Massachusetts Governor Decal Patrick signed H4307, “An Act Relative to Background Checks,” which requires all school personnel to undergo national and state background checks. The Massachusetts school districts are now seeing the effects of this policy take place. Before the new law was signed last year, school personnel were screed through CORI background checks, which only covered offenses that happened in the state of Massachusetts.

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August 22, 2014

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) have teamed up to introduce the Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act. The bipartisan bill requires states receiving federal education funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to perform background checks on all existing and new school employees, including contractors. If passed, the screening process would require that job applicants’ background checks include reviews of at least two state and two federal databases. It also would require periodic background checks of staffers already working for the district. Those that don’t comply would lose a portion of their federal school funding.

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) have teamed up to introduce the Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act. The bipartisan bill requires states receiving federal education funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to perform background checks on all existing and new school employees, including contractors. If passed, the screening process would require that job applicants’ background checks include reviews of at least two state and two federal databases.

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August 18, 2014

Spokane, Washington Joins Nationwide Ban the Box TrendSpokane Mayor David Condon announced the city will revise employment applications for city jobs by removing questions about an applicant’s criminal background – AKA Ban the Box. Condon says he’s also asked the city’s human resources department to wait until later in the application process to run background checks. Jobs in law enforcement or positions that are required by state or federal law to use background checks are exempt from the new Ban the Box policy.

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