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April 17, 2015

Update: LinkedIn Dodges Reference Check Lawsuit

The Recorder reports a San Jose federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit against LinkedIn that claimed LinkedIn violated the Federal Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by proving members with potential reference contacts without consent from applicants.

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April 15, 2015

New York City Council To Move Forward On Banning Job Applicant Credit Checks

New York Business Journal reports “The New York City Council appears set to move forward this week with a bill that would ban employers from performing credit checks on prospective employees.

City Council member Brad Lander has long championed such a rule, and was quoted by the New York Daily News saying, “There’s no demonstrated correlation between credit history and job performance, or the likelihood to commit fraud or theft.” Certain job categories would be exempted from the rules, the Daily News added. Last month, the New York Times reported police and fire hirings might be exempted, and it’s not yet clear what other types of positions might be included, too.”

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April 13, 2015

The State of Virginia Bans the Box for Public Jobs The Huffington Post reports the Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 41, the Implementation of “Ban the Box” Hiring Polices in the Commonwealth, on April 3, 2015. This new legislation makes it illegal for public employers to ask about an applicant’s criminal history on initial job applications.

In a press release, the Governor stated, “In a new Virginia economy, people who make mistakes and pay the price should be welcomed back into society and given the opportunity to succeed. This Executive Order will remove unnecessary obstacles to economic success for Virginians who deserve a second chance.”

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April 7, 2015

Allentown, PA Bans the Box

LehighValleyLive.com The Allentown City Council recently passed legislation which bans public city employers from asking applicants about their criminal history on initial job applications.

Starting May 1, 2015, employers will only be allowed to ask applicants about their criminal history when a conditional offer of employment is made.

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April 1, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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