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Do You Know Your Requirements Under the Recently Expanded Laws Focused on Protecting Consumers Against Fraud and Identity Theft?

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On May 24, 2018 Congress enacted S.2155 - Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. The law expands consumer rights when they feel they have been, or are about to become, a victim of fraud or identity theft.

Webinar - WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GOOGLE – Social Media Screening

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Webinar - WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GOOGLE – Social Media Screening, September 6, 2018 at 2 pm EDT. Are you looking at too much information on an applicant by looking at their social media profile?  Perhaps a photo or something blogged about is considered protected information such as race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, age and citizenship status which are all protected characteristics. If a candidate feels he or she was not hired because of one of these traits, that person can sue for discrimination.

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.

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