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Credit Checks: What Employers Need to Know

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Some organizations utilize credit reports as part of the background screening process, although there has been debate as to the legality and necessity of checking an applicant's credit prior to a hiring decision.

Generally, a candidate's financial status will not come under scrutiny unless the position necessitates either handling money or having authority over the spending of large amounts of money.

Ban-the-Box turns 20 years old!

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The state of Hawaii set the wheels in motion for the ban-the-box movement with their fair-chance law, enacted in July 1998. The “box” refers to the box commonly included in an employment application which asks the candidate if they have been arrested or convicted of a crime in the past.

Massachusetts adds provisions to its 'ban-the-box' law and cites employers for non-compliance

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The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office recently cited 21 employers for violating ban-the-box law on their paper applications. Four employers were fined $5,000, with the remaining 17 issued letters that ordered them to comply with ban the box by removing questions about criminal records from their applications.

Uber and Lyft respond to background check criticisms – Uber implements continuous background checks on U.S. drivers

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Last month Uber and Lyft defended their background check policies in light of a CNN report stating that the rideshare companies hired thousands of drivers who should have been disqualified for employment because of their criminal records.

Iowa Changes Employer Standards for Positive Alcohol Tests

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The Iowa legislature has lowered the threshold at which private employers can take action against a hire based upon a positive alcohol test. Beginning July 1, 2018, state employers may consider taking action against an employee with a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, as low as .02%. Previously, state law restricted organizations from considering action against any worker with a BAC below .04%.

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