State Ban The Box Laws

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Ban the box laws limit when an employer may permissibly ask about an individual’s criminal history. Often times, employers ask about an individual’s criminal history on an employment application.  The trend in the law is to prohibit this practice. Each ban the box law prohibits any covered employer from asking about criminal history until after […]

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Can an FCRA Amendment Protect You in a Background Check Lawsuit?

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In recent years, there’s been a significant evolution in the regulatory and legal environment of employment background checks. One of these changes is that employers are seeing more lawsuits being filed against them, alleging violations of applicant and employee rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Some of these accusations include inadequate authorization and disclosure […]


What Are Your Obligations Under the FCRA?

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Ordering a background check for a potential employee seems like a fairly straightforward exercise: get the applicant’s information, send it to the background screening company, and receive a detailed background report that lets you know whether the applicant is clear to hire. In reality, procuring a background check on a prospective employee is decidedly more […]


What is Ban the Box? [Infographic]

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A hot topic in recent months is the growing number of “ban the box” legislation. Following Hawaii, the first state to enact such a law, are a number of states and cities requiring, among other things, a delay in the timing when an employer asks a candidate about his or her criminal background. These are […]