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.

Ban the Box Starts January 1, 2017 in Los Angeles

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The popular initiative to “Ban the Box” was approved by the Los Angeles City Council in November and will take effect January 1, 2017.

The new ordinance applies to Los Angeles businesses that employ 10 or more employees as well as contractors doing business with the city.

The law may affect as many as hundreds of thousands of employees, according to Councilman Curren Price.

Employers in Los Angeles subject to the Ban the Box Ordinance are subject to restrictions and requirements. Read on to learn more.


Why County Criminal Searches Remain a Must

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Negligent Hiring. Sexual harassment. Workplace Violence. Theft. These are issues that concern you everyday. Companies lose billions of dollars each year hiring candidates with criminal records or deviant behavior traits, which makes performing criminal background checks absolutely essential in the hiring process today. How complicated is it though? In a world where data is becoming […]


5 Tips to Tighten Your Background Checking Program

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Over the course of the last decade, employment background checking has grown to be a generally standard practice for nearly all large and mid-size companies and many small businesses. Recently, however, especially amid high unemployment and a competitive job market, new government legislation and regulations have emerged that have introduced new complexities and implications into […]

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DOT Issues Position on Medical Marijuana

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued guidelines for Federal prosecutors in states that have enacted laws authorizing the use of “medical marijuana.” The DOJ guidance would seem to, at least partially, counter Department of Transportation (DOT) rules concerning the use of marijuana. It is very important that DOT regulated employers understand the DOT’s […]