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.
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.
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.
We are excited to share that the Accurate Background Summer Newsletter is out! This quarter's background screening newsletter focuses on our latest whitepaper "FBI Criminal Record Information - Improved but Not Perfect" and analyzes the results of a GAO study on FBI criminal databaeses and the challenges employers must keep in mind when considering information acquired through the database.
The Texas Legislature is considering a bill that would significantly change how background screenings are performed in the state. As written, H.B. No. 2700 (2015) would require court clerks and criminal justice agencies to refuse requests for bulk criminal history record information concerning Class A, Class B, or felony offenses for which a final judgment has been rendered. Instead, they must refer the requestor to Texas Department of Public Safety.
We are excited to share that the Accurate Background Spring Newsletter is out! This quarter's background screening newsletter focuses on the 22 New Laws that May Impact Your Hiring in 2015 and outlines important employement law trends that your organization should know.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal officially banned the box in state employment last week through an executive order, making Georgia the first Southern state to remove criminal inquiries from state job applications. Such progressive legislation in a conservative region indicates just how powerful the Ban the Box campaign has become.
HR professionals can take advantage of free E-Verify and I-9 webinars presented by the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). The webinars will be running throughout the month of January and will cover important aspects of E-Verify and the I-9 Form as well as best practices.