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The Importance of Having a Reasonable Suspicion Policy

15 September 2020

The Importance of Having a Reasonable Suspicion Policy

Author: Susan Chance

Reasonable suspicion drug testing can be a challenge for employers, especially with so many states making recreational marijuana legal. Whether you have a current drug testing program or if you are new to drug testing, make sure that you have a clear, documented policy on your drug testing program that includes reasonable suspicion procedures. If you are subject to federally regulated drug testing, make sure you follow the steps as required by the federal agency under which you are covered.
The Complexities of Background Checking

25 August 2020

The Complexities of Background Checking

Author: Susan Chance

There has been a lot of press in the last few years about the steps employers must follow before obtaining a background check on an employee or applicant. While there is no doubt that it is very important for employers to obtain completed FCRA compliant Authorization and Disclosure forms, the employer obligations do not stop there.

New Ban the Box Laws

4 August 2020

New Ban the Box Laws

Author: Susan Chance

While most of the world has been wrapped up on all things COVID related, there is still work going on regarding background check laws. From December 2019 until as recently as July 1, 2020, new ban the box laws have been enacted.

Background Checks Aren’t Just for New Employees – Keep Your Workplace Safe with Ongoing Screening

14 July 2020

Background Checks Aren’t Just for New Employees – Keep Your Workplace Safe with Ongoing Screening

Author: Susan Chance

Do you know what your employees have been up to during the four months of the stay-at-home order? If you are watching the news, you know that a lot of people have been up to protesting, sharing their views on wearing masks, and sharing political views.

Be Aware of State Laws Surrounding Criminal History Regarding Marijuana

23 June 2020

Be Aware of State Laws Surrounding Criminal History Regarding Marijuana

Author: Susan Chance

Marijuana is still an illegal substance at the federal level. However, at the state level there are only eight states that have not made marijuana use legal to some degree. The biggest majority of states have legalized marijuana at the medical use level. There are 11 states which have decriminalized the use of marijuana for medical or recreational use. This can affect past criminal records.

Refresher on Credit Report Regulations

2 June 2020

Refresher on Credit Report Regulations

Author: Susan Chance

You have run a credit check on an applicant or employee, and the report came back with negative information. Because of the information included in the credit report you have decided that you do not want to move ahead with the applicant, or in the case of the employee, keep them on staff. So, can you just rescind the offer to the applicant or let the employee go? The answer is no.

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Be Aware of FCRA Requirements Regarding Authorization and Disclosure Forms

12 May 2020

Be Aware of FCRA Requirements Regarding Authorization and Disclosure Forms

Author: Susan Chance

Back in 2017 the Ninth Circuit Court decided in favor of the plaintiff in Syed v. M-I, LLC, No. 14-17186 (9th Cir. 2017).  The employer included a waiver of liability in the disclosure form, which violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requirement that no extraneous information be included in the disclosure. After several appeals, Syed won.

Caregiving While Working Full-time

21 April 2020

Caregiving While Working Full-time

Author: Susan Chance

Many employees are tasked with caregiving for family members while working full-time. We often hear about the “sandwich” generation, the people who are taking care of their children and their parents, but there are many caregiving situations that fall outside of that category. 

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Reviewing Your Background Screening Process

31 March 2020

Reviewing Your Background Screening Process

Author: Susan Chance

In the midst of the shelter-in-place order many businesses have slowed or shut down altogether. This means that, for the moment, hiring has slowed down too. This makes for the perfect time to review your hiring practices and policies, especially when it comes to background and drug screening. This is particularly important if you have not done so in a long time.

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A Breathalyzer for Marijuana Use is Coming Soon

10 March 2020

A Breathalyzer for Marijuana Use is Coming Soon

Author: Susan Chance

Traditional drugs tests can show if a person has ingested marijuana, but not when. This makes it difficult for employers and law enforcement to know if the person was using while at work, while driving, etc. New technology, in the form of a breathalyzer, is coming.

Social Media – The Newest Addiction?

18 February 2020

Social Media – The Newest Addiction?

Author: Susan Chance

We often think about young people, and in particular, teenagers, as being negatively affected by social media. However, social media is also having a negative impact on adults, and in some ways, is negatively impacting the workplace.

Grand Rapids, MI Human Rights Ordinance

28 January 2020

Grand Rapids, MI Human Rights Ordinance

Author: Susan Chance

Former Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder, placed a ban on ban-the-box ordinances when it comes to cities in Michigan and other local governments limiting private employers from asking about criminal histories at any point in the hiring process. This legislation, Act. No. 84, heads in the opposite direction that many other states, cities, and local municipalities are heading. However, one city in Michigan, Grand Rapids, enacted a new “Human Rights” ordinance regarding discrimination...
Lawsuits Continue to Grow Due to Noncompliant Background Screening

7 January 2020

Lawsuits Continue to Grow Due to Noncompliant Background Screening

Author: Susan Chance

It is usually best to look forward, and not back at the past. However, as we head into this new year, and new decade, it is worth looking back at 2019 to see how much the number of lawsuits, both individual and class action, have grown in the background screening arena. According to statistics from WebRecon LLC, by the end of October 2019, the year was on track to break the record for the highest number of lawsuits brought by the FCRA.  

3 December 2019

Removing a Check Box from an Application May Not be Enough to Comply with Ban-the-Box Laws

Author: Susan Chance

We all know the theory behind the “Ban-the-Box” movement and how it is supposed to give people with a criminal record (one in three Americans according to a resolution from Suffolk County, NY) a fair chance at obtaining employment and even the field against racial discrimination. There are 35 states and at least 150 cities and counties who agree with this theory; and therefore, have ban-the-box policies on record. While most states have the ban for public employers, at least 11...

12 November 2019

Running Background Checks in New York

Author: Susan Chance

If you run employment backgrounds, you know the laws are constantly changing. Some states and cities have laws which are stricter than those of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. New York State and New York City are two such locations.

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