The Accurate Blog

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

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on April 4, 2016

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: Compliance, Ban the Box, Criminal Searches

Reminder - Upcoming Webinar:  Candidate Experience & FCRA Compliance - Best Practices for Delivering Both

Posted by Liz Fairchild on March 17, 2016


You still have one week left to register for our upcoming webinar with IBM Kenexa on best practices for creating positive candidate experiences while also supporting your FCRA compliance program. 

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Topics: Compliance, Events, Candidate Experience

Philadelphia Ban the Box Effective Monday, March 14, 2016

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on March 11, 2016

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: Compliance, Ban the Box, Criminal Searches

When A Background Check Finds The "Wrong Man"

Posted by Katie Hartley on March 11, 2016

As a consumer who has also worked in the background check industry for 14 years, I cringe on behalf of job applicants when I read stories about employment background checks that find the "wrong man." It seems to happen often that a background check finds inaccurate negative information because the background check was not thoroughly completed to get the most accurate information available.  To give more insight into these types of situations, I wanted to provide additional information on best practices in the background check process that typically prevent this type of misidentification from happening.

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Topics: Compliance, Candidate Experience

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

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on March 8, 2016

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, Ban the Box

2015 Compliance Recap  – 21 Changes that May Impact Your Hiring Process

Posted by Elizabeth Fairchild on March 2, 2016

Curious about what happened in the world of compliance last year? 2015 was a busy year with major changes impacting hiring processes across the country – from E-Verify, to Ban the Box, to Drug Testing.

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Topics: Compliance, Ban the Box, I-9 & E-Verify, Credit Checks

Upcoming Webinar:  Candidate Experience & FCRA Compliance - Best Practices for Delivering Both

Posted by Liz Fairchild on February 29, 2016


Accurate Background and IBM Kenexa have teamed up on an upcoming best practices webinar for creating positive candidate experiences while also supporting your FCRA compliance program. 

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Topics: Compliance, Events, Candidate Experience

Candidates, FCRA Compliance, and Background Checks

Posted by Elizabeth Fairchild on February 16, 2016

How to Keep the Triad in Balance

The heat is on when it comes to finding good talent. But the ability to secure candidates quickly while also reducing compliance risk is becoming increasingly difficult. This is especially true for companies in the sharing economy where onboarding patterns are dynamic and can fluctuate quickly.

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Topics: Compliance

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

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on February 4, 2016

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: Compliance, International Background Checks

Philadelphia Ban the Box Grows Bigger

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on January 29, 2016

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: Compliance, Ban the Box, Criminal Searches