Fingerprints – A Touchy Subject

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Is it true that just as each snowflake is different, every leaf is singular, and no one looks exactly like Steve Buscemi, every fingerprint is unique? If they’re used to solve crimes, aren’t they a completely dependable way to base a background check on a job candidate?

And today, not only crimes but smartphones, laptops and many other of our latest and most advanced devices can be secured with a fingerprint, right? Biometric technology, as it’s called, seems unbeatable since fingerprints can’t be duplicated. While you may be able to alter your visage with Photoshop and modify your voice with Audacity, fingerprints can’t be altered. We all know that. And as such, fingerprints can be relied upon as an accurate source for criminal history, correct?

In fact, the facts prove otherwise.

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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 […]

Four Best Practices for Building a Background Screening Program to Comply With a Myriad of Federal and State Laws

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by Paul H. Kehoe and Pamela Quigley Devata, attorneys with Seyfarth Shaw LLP It is critical for businesses to provide a safe environment for their employees and customers, and to protect the company’s interests. Whether you are hiring employees, working with independent contractors, or engaging volunteers, background checks can help make sure you have the […]

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Clarifying the Different Types of Criminal Background Checks

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Conducting criminal background checks provides many benefits to employers and the public including creating a safer workplace, reducing the risk of negligent hiring lawsuits, reducing employee theft, and more. However, determining which type of criminal background checks to conduct can be challenging. In some cases, employers may unknowingly be exposing themselves to risk by not […]

5 Unanswered Questions about the Massachusetts CORI Reform Law

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In 2010, Massachusetts lawmakers passed the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) reform bill to create more employment opportunities for individuals with prior criminal offenses. The Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) will be rolling out new CORI regulations. Employers must obtain authorization from applicants before obtaining a CORI report and employers have certain notice […]

The Impact of the Massachusetts CORI Reform Law on Employer Background Checks

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Since the passage of the 2010 Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) reform bill, employers face ongoing changes in their use and access to criminal history information. By enhancing regulations around criminal history checks, the CORI bill aims to create greater employment opportunities for past criminal offenders. CORI reform affects both regular employers and certain […]