What Employers Really Need to Know About the New HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Final Rule

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act/Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act Omnibus Rule, published in the Federal Register Jan. 25, makes many changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, Security Rule, Breach Notification Rule, and Enforcement Rule, with substantial impact on employers. While these changes do not alter the fundamental structure of […]

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Does Your Background Check Provider Comply With 3 Key Provisions of the FCRA?

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The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a United States federal law that protects the accuracy and privacy of the information found in consumer reports, such as credit reports and criminal histories. As an employer, you may obtain consumer reports for employment purposes through a third-party background check provider. The background check provider (known as […]

DHS Issues Updated Guidance on Electronic Form I-9 Compliance

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By Carol Williams The Electronic Signature and Storage of Form I-9, Employment Verification Final Rule was enacted on August 23, 2010 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Rule allowed for electronic completion and storage of the Form I-9 and required a clear audit trail of actions taken for each electronic Form I-9.  Two years […]

Massachusetts Employers Face New Obligations When Conducting Background Checks Involving Criminal History Records

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Authors: Christopher Kaczmarek, Carie Torrence, and Joseph Lazazzero Effective May 4, 2012, the Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Reform Act (the Act), which was enacted in August 2010 with the controversial “ban the box” legislation, will significantly change the way employers access, use, and maintain information obtained through the Commonwealth’s CORI system. The Act […]

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Avoiding the Top Six Form I-9 Compliance Mistakes

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To many employers and HR professionals, an I-9 form may appear to be a simple one-page piece of hiring paperwork. However, the one page I-9 form comes with enough rules and regulations to fill a 69-page how-to manual, the M-274 Handbook for Employers. HireRightHireRight is a leading provider of on-demand employment background checks, drug and […]

Employment Eligibility Enforcement Shifts to ‘Silent Raids’

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Employment eligibility enforcement has shifted from high-profile immigration raids at businesses to extensive audits of I-9 forms, according to a recent New York Times article. This new approach continues to target businesses that are suspected of hiring unauthorized workers, but now allows agents to reach more companies than the work site raids since “…Instead of […]