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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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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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