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November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, we want to take a moment to say Thank You to all of you, our valued clients and partners. We appreciate your continued support of OPENonline and truly feel honored to be your chosen background screening provider. In celebration of this year's Thanksgiving holiday, OPENonline will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28.

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November 25, 2014

 Minnesota Companies Fail to Comply with Statewide Ban the Box Law

On Jan. 1 of this year, both public and private employers in Minnesota were barred from asking about criminal histories on preliminary job applications – in other words, Minnesota extended their previous “Ban the Box” policy to include private employers. However, the state recently reported that 40 of 50 companies investigated because of complaints this year violated the new law.

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November 25, 2014

In the past few years, we have seen an influx of complex regulations and increased litigation in the healthcare industry, making it increasingly difficult for companies to adhere to compliance best practices. Inadequate due diligence and negligent hiring practices in the healthcare sector harms not only an organization, but its patients as well. More often than not, poor hiring decisions are a contributing factor in the rise of lawsuits, medical malpractice claims and subsequent multimillion dollar settlements.

In the past few years, we have seen an influx of complex regulations and increased litigation in the healthcare industry, making it increasingly difficult for companies to adhere to compliance best practices. Inadequate due diligence and negligent hiring practices in the healthcare sector harms not only an organization, but its patients as well. More often than not, poor hiring decisions are a contributing factor in the rise of lawsuits, medical malpractice claims and subsequent multimillion dollar settlements.

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November 24, 2014

EEOC Releases 2014 Performance and Accountability Report

It’s no secret employers have a fickle relationship with the EEOC. One of the biggest cases we’ve told you about is Mach Mining v. EEOC, No. 13-1019. In addition, the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), held a legislative hearing on September 17 to review three pending bills involving the EEOC: the EEOC Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R. 4959), the Litigation Oversight Act of 2014 (H.R 5422), and the Certainty in Enforcement Act of 2014 (H.R. 5423). The hearing provided members the opportunity to examine these proposals and ongoing concerns over EEOC’s regulatory and enforcement practices.

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November 21, 2014

Bus Driver Arrested For Inappropriate Texts To High School Student

A Pasco County bus driver in Florida is accused of sending graphic, sexual texts to a high school student who rides his bus and trying to get her to send him nude photos. The bus driver passed a fingerprint background check. Paul John King, 49, was arrested on charges of using a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child and transmitting information harmful to a minor. He reportedly sexted a 16-year-old girl to send him nudes photos of herself.

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November 19, 2014

Ban the Box Goes into Effect in Rochester, New York

Ban the Box legislation in Rochester, New York went into effect Tuesday, restricting the timing of pre-employment screening inquiries by most public and private employers into a candidate’s criminal history. The Rochester City Council unanimously passed the legislation earlier this year. The new policy requires businesses within the city to remove the checkbox about previous felony convictions from their job applications. However, employers still have the right to ask about an applicant’s past in an interview, and they can still perform prior background checks.

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November 17, 2014

Elderly Woman’s Caregiver Accused of Stealing Over $10K

"It's a whole lot less work to do a background check than to deal with all the repercussions afterward," said Lt. Dennis Ivey Jr.

Ivey’s comment is in reference to a story out of York County, Virginia where a caregiver to an elderly woman stole thousands of dollars from the 92-year-old over the course of a year and a half. Michele Conley was arrested Oct. 22 and charged with 16 felony counts after the woman and her husband accused her of fraudulently making more than $12,000 in purchases using the woman's credit card.

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November 17, 2014

USCIS to Delete Old E-Verify Records Starting Jan. 1, 2015

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin disposing of E-Verify records that are over 10 years old in accordance with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) records retention and disposal schedule. Effective January 1, 2015, employers will no longer have access in E-Verify to records created prior to December 31, 2004. Under its ongoing NARA obligation, USCIS will dispose of E-Verify records annually. Therefore, on January 1, 2016, USCIS will dispose of records created on or prior to December 31, 2005.

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November 12, 2014

OPENonline to Host HRCI-Approved Webinar, “Gavel to Gavel: Maintaining Compliance with Hiring” as part of their Continued Compliance Education Series

OPENonline, a leading provider of employment background screening services that is accredited by the NAPBS® Background Screening Credentialing Council, will host an HRCI-approved webinar for HR professionals about recent suits shaking up the background screening industry and what employers can do to stay out of court. The complimentary webinar, “Gavel to Gavel: Maintaining Compliance with Hiring,” will also review compliance requirements for employers and provide insight into the specific steps and documentation under the microscope.

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November 12, 2014

FTC Issues Guide on Background Checks

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released a guide - Background Checks: Tips for Job Applicants and Employees - that provides answers for questions people may have about background checks. It further expands upon the information provided in an earlier brochure the FTC released in March 2014 - Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know. The power of background check rulemaking has been slowly shifting from the FTC to The Federal Credit Reporting Agency (FCRA). However, the FTC continues to show interest in the policies and authority of background checks.

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