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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.

Pennsylvania Amends Background Check Requirements for Employees with Contact with Children

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Pennsylvania amended section 6344(m) of the Child Protective Services Law effective December 31, 2019. The law calls for specific requirements concerning background checks for employees who have contact with children, as well as a shorter exemption period to comply with the requirements, as long as specific conditions are met.

The City and County of San Francisco Amends the Fair Chance Ordinance Poster

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The Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) poster was updated recently by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Employers with 5 or more employees, City contractors, subcontractors, and leaseholders are covered by the FCO and should ensure they have posted the most current version of the FCO poster at every workplace and jobsite.  More information can be found on The City and County of San Francisco, Office of Labor Standards Enforcement website.

The Newly Adopted Human Rights Ordinance is in Effect in Grand Rapids, Michigan! Are You Compliant?

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The City of Grand Rapids, MI passed the Human Rights Ordinance in August 2019. The law took effect December 1, 2019.  The Human Rights Ordinance covers several areas including: expanding protected classes, and discriminatory practices in hiring and tenant screening, as well as in places of public accommodation. Employers and landlords within the city should ensure they are in compliance as there are provisions within the ordinance for damages and attorney fees for those found to be in violation.

Marijuana FAQ’s from Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions Blog!

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Quest Diagnostics did a deep dive into frequently asked questions concerning marijuana, its effects on the body, how many people use it, if companies can drug test for it, whether it is legal and where, and much more! There are a ton of resources included in the article. We wanted to be sure you saw the article and information!

Happy New Year from OPENonline!

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OPENonline will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, to celebrate the new year. Please keep in mind that government agencies will be closed in observance of the holiday, possibly causing minor delays for some search results.

OPENonline will resume regular business hours on Thursday, January 2, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. EST to 8:00 p.m. EST. Should you have any concerns, please call us at 1-800-366-0106 prior to the holidays for customer assistance.

We would like to thank you again for your partnership and look forward to helping you in 2020. Visit OPENonline today for more information!

Happy New Year!
 

OPENonline Christmas Holiday Hours

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In celebration of this year's Christmas holiday, OPENonline will be closing at noon on Tuesday, December 24th and will be closed all day Wednesday, December 25th. Please also keep in mind that government agencies will be closed in observance of the Christmas holiday, possibly causing minor delays for some search results.

Effect of Exclusion from Participation in Federal Health Care Program

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In the past few years, we have seen an influx of complex regulations and increased litigation in the healthcare industry, making it increasingly difficult for companies to adhere to compliance best practices. Inadequate due diligence and negligent hiring practices in the healthcare sector harms not only an organization, but its patients as well. More often than not, poor hiring decisions are a contributing factor in the rise of lawsuits, medical malpractice claims and subsequent multimillion dollar settlements.

Update: Dollar General and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Resolve 6-Year Long Suit Involving Background Check Process! A Good Reminder to Evaluate Your Screening Process!

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We alerted you in early November to the motion filed to settle this suit. On November 18, 2019, the EEOC announced that the litigation is settled. While Dollar General is steadfast that their process is legal, and admits no wrongdoing, the settlement includes strict criteria to follow going forward concerning their screening process. This lawsuit is a good reminder to review your screening process to ensure compliance with Federal, State and local laws. We’ve compiled some great resources to assist you here.

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