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October 21, 2014

Dollar General Coughs Up $4M to Settle Background Check Suit

The class action suit against retail chain Dollar General for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) will be settled for $4 million, according to topclassactions.com. A Virginia federal court is being asked to give preliminary approval for the settlement as well as class certification and approval for how the settlement will be administered.

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October 21, 2014

The City of St. Louis Bans the Box

As of October 14, 2014, the city of St. Louis, Missouri will no longer ask applicants about their criminal history on initial job applications according to a press release written by the city. This only applies to the public sector within the city of St. Louis. In March 2013, the city stopped automatically disqualifying applicants with felony records. However, they have now removed the question “have you ever been convicted of a crime?” from initial job applicants. The question created confusion over whether or not the city automatically disqualified applicants based on criminal history or not.

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October 20, 2014

Enhanced Drug Screening Services Feature Electronic Chain of CustodyOn Monday, OPENonline announced enhancements to its workplace drug and alcohol screening services, including customized paperless Electronic Chain of Custody with Electronic Scheduling. This enhancement will improve the drug screening process by greatly increasing the network of collection sites and reducing turnaround time. It’s time to ensure a safer work environment with effective and reliable drug and alcohol screening from OPENonline.

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October 17, 2014

There is a growing controversy in among the healthcare industry over whether or not all pregnant women should be drug screened.

There is a growing controversy in the healthcare industry over whether or not all pregnant women should be drug screened.

According to a 2012 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a drug-addicted baby is born every hour in the United States.

The debate is whether or not drug screening all pregnant women will help to reduce this number and if it will cause racial and income bias and punishment or not.

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October 14, 2014

LinkedIn Hit With Class Action Suit for Alleged FCRA Violations

A proposed class action suit in California claims LinkedIn Corp. violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) through its job reference tool, which allows prospective employers to obtain information about job applicants. According to the suit, LinkedIn can generate reference reports that include the names, locations, and employment history of people who have worked with a job applicant, none of which are verified.

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October 13, 2014

In the midst of a racial bias background check lawsuit, BMW has requested the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) give details in their own background screening process. The EEOC is refusing and claiming irrelevancy.

In the midst of a racial bias background check lawsuit, BMW has been denied access to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) background check policies. A South Carolina federal judge found the EEOC’s background screening process irrelevant to BMW’s current case.In a June 2013 complaint, the EEOC alleges BMW violated former employees' civil rights by using criminal background checks that had a disproportionate effect on black employees and applicants.

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October 7, 2014

OPENonline Recognizes October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. In this year alone, approximately 40,000 women will die from breast cancer and 232,570 will be diagnosed with the disease. October is national breast cancer awareness month and OPENonline is joining the fight against this deadly cancer. In the month of October, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we remember those who have lost their lives to breast cancer and those who continue to fight the battle each and every day. To help the research efforts, OPENonline is offering two promotions with proceeds going to Susan G. Komen

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October 3, 2014

EEOC Sues AutoZone for National Origin Discrimination, Harassment

A North Carolina AutoZone store was just sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for national origin discrimination and harassment. The EEOC claims AutoZoners, LLC, the company that operates AutoZone stores nationwide, unlawfully subjected a Hispanic former employee to harassment based on his national origin, which forced the employee to resign.

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October 2, 2014

According to the Washington Post, some of the largest ride-sharing services are now facing a legal threat from regulators in California. Prosecutors in San Francisco and Los Angeles have threatened Uber, Lyft and Sidecar with legal action if the companies do not make major changes in the way they operate – including their background screening process.

According to the Washington Post, some of the largest ride-sharing services are now facing a legal threat from regulators in California. Prosecutors in San Francisco and Los Angeles have threatened Uber, Lyft and Sidecar with legal action if the companies do not make major changes in the way they operate – including their background screening process. The district attorneys told all three companies that they misled customers by claiming their background checks of drivers screen out anyone who has committed driving violations, including DUIs, as well as sexual assault and other criminal offenses.

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October 1, 2014

Armed Security Guard with Criminal Record Allowed on Elevator with Obama

A security contractor with a gun and three convictions for assault and battery was allowed in an elevator with President Obama earlier this month, according to reports, adding to a laundry list of security breaches plaguing the Secret Service. The incident occurred on Sept. 16, during Obama’s visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis.

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