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September 30, 2014

Man With Criminal Past Beheads Coworker After Getting Fired

A man who was fired from his job at an Oklahoma City food-processing plant beheaded his co-worker and attacked another before being shot by the company’s COO. The attacker, Alton Nolen, worked at Vaughan Foods. After being fired on September 25, he walked to the front office, took out a knife, and severed the head of employee Colleen Hufford, 54. He then proceeded to attack and stab another employee, Traci Johnson, 43.

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September 30, 2014

Firefighter with Outstanding Warrant charged with DUI and Hit-and-Run

The Lexington Fire Department in Kentucky recently fired a recruit fire fighter after he was charged with a DUI in a hit-and-run.  A background check upon his hire in July 2013 failed to expose an outstanding warrant in Georgia for another DUI. 

The firefighter, Jarrad McCargo, was arrested after he backed his car into a pub and hit a pedestrian. The victim, Noel Espino, is a captain in the Guam National Guard and is recovering in a local hospital.

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September 24, 2014

OPENonline White Paper Outlines Hiring Requirements for Employers in the Healthcare Industry - Obtaining a Culture of Compliance: Navigating Complex Background Screening Requirements in the Healthcare Industry

OPENonline, an industry leading provider of employment background checks, healthcare screening, drug testing, electronic Form I-9/E-Verify solutions and investigative services, announces the release of their new White Paper outlining requirements and compliance best practices for background screening in the healthcare industry. "Obtaining a Culture of Compliance: Navigating Complex Background Screening Requirements in the Healthcare Industry", identifies major trends and best practices when it comes to compliant employment screening in the healthcare industry. In addition, the White Paper examines the gaps in federal legislation for screening home health aides (HHAs) and reviews state-by-state requirements.

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September 22, 2014

Saks Workers Use Customer Credit Cards to Steal $400,000 of Merchandise

Six Saks Fifth Avenue employees in Queens were allegedly caught stealing $400,000 worth of merchandise using customers’ credit card information. Lax information security procedures, non-comprehensive background checks and automatic bill pay contributed to the problem. A criminal complaint filed alleges Tamara Williams, the ring leader of the criminal activity, accessed and stole customers’ credit information from the database and shared it with five of her colleagues. She would then instruct her five accomplices on which merchandise to steal.

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September 17, 2014

Would the EEOC Transparency and Accountability Act Prevent Frivolous Lawsuits?

The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), will hold a legislative hearing 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). Wednesday’s hearing will provide members the opportunity to examine these proposals and ongoing concerns over EEOC’s regulatory and enforcement practices.

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September 16, 2014

Feds Terminate Contract with Firm that Vetted Snowden, AlexisThe federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor that was targeted last month in a cyber-attack, compromising the personal files of as many as 25,000 government workers. Earlier this year, the Virginia-based background screening contractor was sued by the Justice Department for allegedly defrauding the government by submitting at least 665,000 security clearance investigations from March 2008 through September 2012 that failed to undergo contractually required initial quality reviews.

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September 16, 2014

New Bill Proposes Licensing for Times Square Costumed CharactersA New York Councilman recently introduced a bill that would require costumed characters in Times Square to be licensed and undergo a criminal background check. This bill comes after numerous rogue costumed characters were arrested for inappropriate behavior. The escalating aggressive behavior coming from some of the costumed characters has prompted the creation of the bill. A few examples include a Spider-man character punching a police offer over a $1 tip dispute and an Elmo character allegedly shouting anti-Semitic epithets in Times Square.

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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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