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Thursday, June 27, 2019

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At OPENonline, we notify you of the most recent background screening and investigative news with our timely news alerts, press releases, blog articles and legislative & compliance updates. If you are interested in submitting an article to appear on our website, please contact our marketing department.

Quest Diagnostics – Preventing Drug-Related Workplace Accidents!

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Our partners at Quest Diagnostics sent the following statistical information about preventing workplace accidents. We thought it was really interesting and wanted to share it with you.

Preventing drug-related workplace accidents

On January 4, 1987, in Chase, Maryland, a locomotive engineer and his brakeman were smoking a marijuana cigarette while on duty operating a trio of Conrail locomotives. They failed to react to stop signals and collided with an Amtrak train carrying more than 600 passengers. In total, 16 people died and 164 were injured. Some of the injured were trapped in the wreckage for more than 10 hours before they were finally freed.

Texas Challenges the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Limiting the Use of Criminal History in Employment Decisions!

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The state of Texas feels the EEOC is overreaching with their guidelines that restrict the use of criminal history in hiring decisions. Texas feels so strongly about it, that they have sued the federal government. The case is currently on appeal at the Federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeal where oral arguments are being heard.

The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) recapped the case here. The article also included additional information, news, and resources on the topic.

Webinar - Is Your Background Screening Program a Fixer Upper?

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

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Please join us for our upcoming webinar. We will review the blueprint of employer requirements on background screening including EEOC, FCRA and Ban the Box and that you may have a background screening program that is a fixer upper.

Space is limited. Register here!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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This Week’s Ban-The-Box and Salary History Ban Recap!

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We’ve recapped the ban-the-box and Salary History Ban activity from this week for you below.

BAN-THE-BOX RECAP

EMPLOYMENT:

Washington, D.C. - The District of Columbia has taken action against employers since the passage of the Fair Criminal Record Screening Act in 2014. The administrative charges have resulted in more than $500,000 in fines for failing to ban-the-box on applications. Read more here and here.

Connecticut House Bill 6921 - which prohibits discrimination based on a person’s criminal history. The bill has passed the House and the Senate as of June 5, 2019.
 

HIGHER EDUCATION:

We’ve alerted you before about similar ban-the-box actions taken in higher education institutions. We have another one to bring to your attention today.

On June 5, 2019, The DePaul University’s Faculty Council, in Chicago, Illinois, approved a motion to ban-the-box on their college application.

SALARY HISTORY BAN RECAP

Illinois House Bill 834 – prohibits employers from considering salary history in the hiring process. Passed in the House and the Senate as of May 29, 2019 and was sent to the Governor on June 6, 2019.

Ban-The-Box Activity This Week!

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It’s been about a month since we’ve updated you on activity involving ban-the-box laws, so we found two events occurring this week to bring to your attention.

DENVER, CO

The Governor of Colorado signed the statewide ban-the-box legislation into law this week. The legislation affects public and private sector employers. You can find more information about the new law here.

MASSACHUSETTS

The Attorney General is actively enforcing the State’s Ban-the-box law. Recently 19 businesses were cited for violating the law. And in 2018, 21 citations were issued, some of those citations resulted in fines. Read more here.

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The varying city, county and state laws are overwhelming, and it is difficult to stay abreast of the changes. Which is why we would like to remind you of the National Employment Law Project’s (NELP) April 2019 publication, the most comprehensive and up-to-date summary of these laws we have seen.

We found this resource so helpful, that we have added a link to our resource page here.

OPENonline Will Be Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

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OPENonline will be closed to observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, 2019. Customers will still have online access during this time; however, please be aware that many courts, state offices, employers and educational institutions will be closed during this holiday and may cause delays in the return of criminal, court and other orders. If possible, place your requests early to ensure timely receipt of required information.

OPENonline would like to take this opportunity to remember, honor and sincerely thank all the brave men and women who have served our country!

Best wishes to you and your family for a happy and safe holiday weekend!

National Police Week – Thank you from OPENonline!

Sunday May 12 – Saturday May 18, 2019

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Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week is an observance in the United States that pays tribute to local, State and Federal law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice or have been disabled in the line of duty while protecting our citizens, communities, and country.   It is also a time to show appreciation and thank those who are currently serving and defending us with courage and dedication on the front lines of the battle against crime.

We’d Like to Announce the Launch of Our New and Improved, Exclusive Master Information Search Report (MIS) from OPENonline!

It's Even Better with More Data Sources

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...Get the bigger picture with MIS

What is MIS & what can it do?

OPENonline's exclusive Master Information Search (MIS) has recently been revamped and provides enhanced people searches to give you detailed information, even in cases where you only have partial data - such as an incomplete SSN or address. This product fully supports investigators in their search and risk mitigation efforts. MIS also allows you to search for your subject using a phonetic name spelling, location radius, or age range. Investigators have the ability to not only conduct a linear search of an individual, but also find the connection points between two or more people. Access detailed person & business profiles with principals, employees, assets, and more!

Delta Airlines, Inc. Settles $2.3 Million FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Over Disclosure Language

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We’ve been keeping you up to date on the volatility of FCRA lawsuits involving language used on disclosures, and we have another case in point to tell you about.

Delta Airlines, Inc. recently settled a class action suit in the Northern District of California, for $2.3 Million. In this case the Plaintiffs argued that the disclosures were inadequate and in violation of the FCRA because they were not clear and unambiguous, contained extraneous information and did not consist solely of the disclosure. The National Law Review posted a detailed account of the case details here.

Ban-The-Box Guide. A Comprehensive Summary of Laws Across the United States

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We have been regularly alerting you on our blog about updates and changes regarding ban-the-box laws, and new laws seem to crop up all the time. In fact, ban-the-box updates have overwhelmingly been the subject of our blog posts over the last several months.

The varying laws are staggering, and it is difficult to stay abreast of the changes. Which is why we are very happy to call your attention the National Employment Law Project’s (NELP) April 2019 publication, the most comprehensive and up-to-date summary of ban-the-box laws in cities, counties, and states across the U.S. that we have seen.

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