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Tracy Vrchota

Director of Compliance

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Austin Becomes the First City in Texas to “Ban the Box” for Private Employers

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on Apr 4, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Austin’s City Council passed Ordinance 20160324-019 (DRAFT)*, adding Chapter 4-15 to the City Code and making Austin the first city in Texas to expand “Fair Chance Hiring” practices to private employers. The new law takes effect on April 4, 2016.

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Topics: Ban the Box, employment law, legislative update, employment background check, HR law

Philadelphia Ban the Box Effective Monday, March 14, 2016

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on Mar 11, 2016 6:30:00 AM

As Accurate Background previously reported, Philadelphia's Ban the Box legislation Bill No. 150815 goes into effect Monday, March 14, 2016.   This law amends Chapter 9-3500 of the Philadelphia Code (“Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards”) to include more comprehensive requirements. 

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Topics: Ban the Box

Tracy Vrchota, Director of Compliance: Tips On Staying Compliant With Background Checks

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on Mar 8, 2016 9:03:27 AM

This blog was originally published by Recruiting Trends. You can read the original article here.

When it comes to background checks, regulations are an undeniable and unavoidable reality. In order to steer clear of costly and unwanted complications, employers need to be properly educated on the ever-changing employment laws. In 2015, new regulations from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pertaining to background screening made national headlines on an almost-daily basis. So, what can we expect in 2016? We’ll see a continuation of the hiring regulations that changed the face of employee screening last year.

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Topics: compliance, FCRA, Ban the Box, EEOC

New EU US Privacy Shield Announced as a Replacement for the EU US Safe Harbor Program

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on Feb 4, 2016 9:33:36 AM

On February 2nd, the European Commission and the Department of Commerce announced their plan to replace the EU US Safe Harbor Program with the New EU US Privacy Shield. 

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Topics: Safe Harbor

Philadelphia Ban the Box Grows Bigger

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on Jan 29, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Philadelphia’s City Council recently passed an amendment to their existing ban the box legislation that goes much further than the City’s 2011 legislation. Bill No. 150815 takes effect on March 14, 2016 and amends Chapter 9-3500 of the Philadelphia Code (“Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards”) to include more comprehensive requirements.

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Topics: Ban the Box

Oregon's Ban the Box Effective January, 1st 2016

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on Dec 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Oregon’s Ban the Box initiative House Bill 3025 goes into effect on January 1, 2016. This law prohibits any employer in Oregon (with 1 or more employees) from requiring an applicant to disclose a criminal conviction on the employment application and they must not exclude an applicant from an initial interview solely because of past criminal conviction, among other requirements. Please review our Oregon Ban the Box Legislative Update for more details. 

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Topics: Ban the Box

NYC's Fair Chance Act: Latest on Article 23-A

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on Dec 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM

New York City's Ban the Box legislation the "Fair Chance Act," which went into effect this past October, prohibits employers from inquiring about an applicant's arrest or conviction record until after a conditional offer of employment is extended. One of the requirements of this act, the Article 23-A Evaluation Form, must be provided to the applicant by the employer. The form has since been updated and you can find the latest version here.

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Topics: compliance, Ban the Box

4 Steps to Stay Compliant with FCRA - White Paper & Infographic

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on Nov 12, 2015 5:30:00 AM

Over the past few years, a number of high-profile lawsuits have targeted companies for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (‘FCRA”) and that number is continuing to increase.  Accurate Background's latest FCRA Best Practices white paper and corresponding infographic cut through the complexities and provide employers with four easy to understand guidelines for complying with FCRA. 

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Topics: compliance, FCRA, Infographic, White Paper

EEOC's recent consent decree - What employers need to know

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on Sep 16, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission entered into its first consent decree with an employer since the EEOC Guidance was initially published in 2012. It alleged that the employer's hiring policies surrounding criminal records disproportionately disqualified minority employees and violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. By entering into the consent decree the employer expressly denied liability and wrongdoing, but they are also required to adhere stringent  hiring guidelines put forth by the EEOC

While the decree outlines some increasingly popular ideologies we are already familiar with due to increasing Ban the Box legislation and the EEOC Guidance, it also introduces some new concepts that our industry will likely see more of with the EEOC’s increasingly aggressive intent to eliminate what it deems as discriminatory practices among hiring entities. 

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Topics: compliance, EEOC Guidance, Ban the Box, EEOC

Ban the Box Comes to New York City & Oregon

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on Jul 1, 2015 9:02:54 AM

New York City and the State of Oregon recently joined the growing list of states and jurisdictions to Ban the Box - prohibiting employers from requesting criminal history until later in the hiring process. 

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Topics: Criminal History, Ban the Box, Ban the Box New York City, Ban the Box Oregon,

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