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August 26, 2015

How would you feel if you found out the person that you entrusted to pick you up at the airport was a convicted murderer or kidnapper? Los Angeles has very strict laws concerning what companies are allowed at the airport and when, often referred to as “hailing laws”. An Uber driver showing up at the Los Angeles Airport at the wrong time, an otherwise minor infraction, lead to the discovery of less than comforting past for more than a couple Uber drivers. 

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August 26, 2015

The name Snowden is widely recognized as he is the former government contractor who famously leaked information on the National Security Agency's (NSA) top-secret surveillance programs to media outlets. Concerns over Snowden’s security check and clearance were first raised during a June 20, 2013 Senate hearing, when Patrick McFarland, the inspector general at the Office of Personnel Management, said that the largest United States supplier for government background checks, USIS conducted the 2011 reinvestigation into Snowden – was under investigation for contract fraud, according to Reuters

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August 21, 2015

Youth volunteerism has increased in line with the sixth anniversary of President Obama signing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. Which notably made service a part of educational curriculums – effectively increasing the number of school age youth volunteers according to the White House. It should come as no surprise that the number of volunteers has doubled, and in some age groups more than doubled in the United States from 1980 to the present, according to The Corporation for National & Community ServiceWith a new surge of willing and able volunteers to pick from, many organizations can afford to be more selective and have their own requirements to be accepted. In some cases background checks are mandated (even though it had previously never been a law).

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August 21, 2015

Maine has passed a social media law that prohibits employers from requiring employees or applicants to provide them with their social media account information and passwords. What is a bit interesting is that this social media law was not passed in the traditional fashion of passage by the legislature and then signed by the Governor.  Instead, it was included in a batch of 65 bills that Governor Paul LePage tried to veto, but was unable to do so because the legislature adjourned. The Maine Supreme Court issued an opinion last week that the 65 bills were now law, including the social media law.  H.P 467 - An Act To Promote Privacy in Social Media

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August 19, 2015

How safe is your child’s daycare? Have you checked and verified credentials and licensure with the state? The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has asked a Louisville judge to close a local daycare that is taking care of at least 18 children, according to WDRB and you won’t believe why. On July 10, 2015 the state refused to issue owner, Mr. Owen a childcare license. A state inspector paid the day care a visit 18 days later to follow up. “Since there were 18 children present, and through/by interviews and review of documentation, I found the center was in fact operating illegally,” day care Surveyor Nikki Rhodes said. 

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August 18, 2015

A city ordinance originally adopted by Austin, Texas in 2008 removed criminal background investigation questions from online applications that weren’t public safety, financial, or working with a vulnerable population. If the jobs fell into one of the categories, a background check could not be conducted until they had chosen said person as their top candidate, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP).

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August 18, 2015

With the cost of some long term care facilities ranging between $17,000 - $80,000, it’s often taken for granted that thepeople that spend the most time helping your loved ones bathe, dress and eat are background checked. In many states, this is not the case. As many as 2.1 million Americans are victims of elder abuse according to National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD). However, West Virginia is taking a big step toward preventing these kinds of crimes against the elderly with a new program. On Wednesday, August 5, 2015 the Department of Health and Human Resources announced its West Virginia Clearance for Access: Registry and Employment Screening program called West Virginia Cares

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August 17, 2015

Gov. Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 144 the morning of August 11, 2015, according to the DelawareGovernor Jack Markell’s Communications Team.This legislation is to consolidate regulations for background checks for people working with children in Delaware which includes individuals who want to work or volunteer for ‘child-serving entities’ including private schools and youth camps. Previously some of these entities have not required background checks on staff or volunteers, according to the Washington Times

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August 7, 2015

There have been more than a few Uber driver related attacks, one driver left a threatening voicemail, and a few other drivers in the United States have been accused or convicted of sexual assaults on passengers. Uber demands that all drivers are rigorously screened with background checks, so how are these offenders turned Uber drivers slipping through the cracks and committing crimes of opportunity? According to CBS DFW News, “A Dallas Uber driver suspected of sexually assaulting a passenger may have not gone through the same screening process as most other drivers. The CBS 11 I-Team has learned that the convicted felon, was among a group of drivers who were grandfathered into Uber’s system. Uber did not run

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August 7, 2015

With the recent Ban the Box legislation spreading through the nation, a lot of attention has been drawn to the legal implication of background checks that disqualify too many people. There have been several suits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Coalition alleging discriminatory hiring practices when there’s a blanket policy of not considering anyone with a felony conviction. However, New Mexico’s state laws are being questioned for a very different reason.

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