Ninth Circuit Issues Another Article III Standing Decision


At this point, those involved with background screening should have a standing date with the Ninth Circuit.

The Risk of Overlooking Driver Safety Webinar




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Changes in Paradise: Hawaii Updates Its Ban the Box Law


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Benefits in a Pandemic: What HR Leaders Need to Know

Building a benefits program for a diverse workforce has always been a top priority, but now it’s become both more important and complex with so much change and uncertainty. Download our latest guide that features emerging benefits employees expect in 2021 and beyond.

AccuSource's Labor Day Holiday Hours


In observance of the holiday, our offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2020. We will return to our standard business hours on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Holiday Schedule


Hiring Post-COVID-19: How to Manage the Incoming Talent Pool


As the coronavirus wears on, and unemployment continues to spike to record levels, employers are beginning to face a new challenge: managing a massive talent pool. As of the first week of May, unemployment hit 14.7% with 35.6 million Americans looking for work. background screening

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A Change Years in the Making: SAMHSA Approves Oral Fluids Drug Testing


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Change is in the Air: NYC Legislative Update


The air is getting a crisp bite (well maybe, depending on where you live) and legislative leaves are falling, carrying with them new laws and amendments. The colors are once again changing in New York City, our favorite city for employment-related changes. On September 12, 2019, the New York City Council passed a law that affects New York City employers. The new law, Int. 0136-A, will expand the protections under the New York City Human Rights Law to freelancers and independent contractors.

Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

San Francisco Provides More Concise Fair Chance Ordinance Notice


Employers in the City or County of San Francisco are likely already familiar with the San Francisco Fair Chance Order (“FCO”), which took effect on October 1, 2018. Fair Chance Ban The Box Laws Criminal Background Checks legislation california background screening

More Than Just a Number: A Primer on Employment Credit Reports


One of the less standard areas of employment background screening involves the use of credit reports. While most consumers are familiar with the use of credit reports in housing and the lending industries, credit reports can also be helpful in the employment context. Compliance Employment Background Checks credit FCRA hiring background screening

Puff, Puff, Pass: Marijuana Updates


Marijuana has been and will continue to be a huge topic in employment law. While federal law still holds that marijuana is an illegal controlled substance, states and local jurisdictions are legalizing it for medical and recreational use. Some jurisdictions are taking it a step further, banning employers from screening for marijuana during pre-employment drug testing.

Why credit scores are like grades


The simplest way to understand your credit score is to think back to your school days. This week's article is a guest post from our friends at TrueCredit. Enjoy! News credit

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eLearning demand is at an all-time high. Pick the right LMS!

The need for online learning is greater than ever having the right LMS is absolutely crucial. Quickly, easily, and cost-effectively decide which Learning Management System is right for you with this 12-step guide from LMS implementation experts.

New FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Impacts Employers


The Secretary of Transportation, at the direction of Congress, has established the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Clearinghouse. The secure online database will be available starting January 6, 2020 and will keep real-time records of drivers’ drug and alcohol program violations. The Clearinghouse will impact all drivers holding commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) who operate commercial motor vehicles on public roads as well as their employers and service agents.

Impact of COVID-19 on Background Screening


Employers are likely aware of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, and its implications for daily operations. COVID-19 is causing issues for employers that are predictable, but it may also impact the background screening process. corona virus covid-19

Retailer Agrees to Consent Decree with EEOC for Alleged Background Screening Discrimination


Bright-line rules may seem convenient but beware if you use any type of bright-line rules in your criminal background screening programs. Dollar General learned this lesson after it faced a lawsuit from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). News Compliance Employment Background Checks Criminal Background Checks hiring background screening EEOC

Federal Ban the Box Law Will Impact Federal Agencies and Contractors


As AccuSource has discussed in numerous blog posts and webinars , the number of jurisdictions with ban the box laws has been growing exponentially over the past few years. The federal government has joined the ranks of those jurisdictions that already have such laws by passing the Fair Chance Act. News Fair Chance Ban The Box Laws Criminal Background Checks legislation background screening

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

New York Office of Court Administration to Increase Search Fees


As part of its 2019-2020 State Budget, the New York Legislature approved a significant increase to the search fees associated with Office of Court Administration searches. The fee will increase from $65 to $95 per search plus any additional convenience fees. News background screening

2019 Employment Law Compliance Trends


The background and drug screening industry is an ever-changing landscape. While there are various topics and issues that arise regarding these types of screenings, these specific trends in the industry require an especially close review. background screening marijuana laws FCRA legislation Fair Chance Compliance Ban The Box Laws salary history bans

For the Love of Ban the Box Laws


Ah, February. The month of foil hearts, yummy chocolates…and ban the box laws? News Ban The Box Laws Criminal Background Checks legislation


7 Red Flags to Watch for During a Job Interview


No matter how much you feel you glean from an interview as an employer, you still take a risk each time you have to fill an opening with a new employee. There is no possible way to fully understand things like personality, attitude, and work styles with only an application and a short interview as your guides


Benefits benchmarking data for better employee and organizational wellbeing

Recognize your strengths and identify opportunities to retain valuable employees, increase employee engagement and achieve organizational goals. See where you stand against trends informed by nearly 4,000 employers and face your future with confidence.

PBSA Accreditation: Why It Matters


Employers in the US alone request millions of background checks each year, and each year improper and inadequate background screenings lead to thousands of FCRA lawsuits costing employers millions of dollars. The importance of a thorough and legally compliant background screening program for most employers cannot be overlooked or understated. Compliance Employment Background Checks

Effect of State Marijuana Laws on Employers Still Foggy Despite Court Guidance


Courts at the state level have been addressing the conflict between federal and state law concerning the use of marijuana. While numerous states have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, federal law still classifies marijuana as an illegal controlled substance. This creates confusion for employers in those states where marijuana has been legalized in some capacity.

New York City Bans Pre-Employment Cannabis Testing


The Big Apple makes progressive moves to ease restrictions on the use of marijuana. News Compliance Drug Testing legislation drug screening employment drug screening pre-employment drug testing marijuana laws

FMCSA Raises Random Drug Testing Rate For 2020


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has implemented another change in addition to its new Clearinghouse that may impact your drug screening program. News Drug Testing department of transportation dot drug screening employment drug screening pre-employment drug testing background screening FMCSA

How to Elevate Employee Voice to Guide a Culture Transformation

2020’s boldest people leaders are building and living core values along with their employees. Elevating Employee Voice engages an organization’s “collective hearts and habits” to drive transformation at scale. It connects every individual, manager and team in an authentic dialogue to create shared alignment, ownership and trust in the path ahead.

Circuit Court Hands Down Win for Court Researchers


Arkansas Court Clerk Ordered to Fulfill FOIA Request by NAPBS Member Courthouse Concepts. In a victory for court record researchers and consumer reporting agencies (CRAs), the Circuit Court of Pulaski County Arkansas, Second Division, granted Summary Judgement in favor of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) on a case against Jennifer Jones in her official capacity as the Clerk of the District Court of Benton County, Arkansas, Bentonville Division.

6 Ways to Improve Your Recruitment Efforts in 2019


When looking for that next great future employee, you want to make sure your process is refined. When you cast a wider net, you’re guaranteed a few more fish being caught, but is that always the best? Some of those candidates you end up meeting may have some good factors but in the end, don’t make for a good fit. So, how can you guarantee a better pool from which to pick? Below are six tips on how to refine your recruitment efforts in 2019 to make finding that great candidate much easier.

Tumult in Texas: Fifth Circuit Issues Injunction against EEOC’s Use of Criminal Records Guidance


Employers who conduct criminal background checks are familiar with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the factors it created seven years ago. In 2012, the EEOC implemented its “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” The goal of the guidance is to lessen the disparate impact of background screening experienced by racial minorities.

Ninth Circuit Provides Strict Interpretation of FCRA Background Check Disclosures


The Ninth Circuit Court recently adopted a decision that may affect those who are subject to the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) as well as California's Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (“ICRAA”). These laws regulate background screening and provide a framework of requirements that employers must follow when requesting background screening from a consumer reporting agency.

Group Demonstration Webinar: 100% Remote New Employee Onboarding

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Companies are looking to adjust their new hire onboarding to accommodate unique ‘social distancing’ challenges like securely collecting personally identifiable information and understanding new compliance regulations like Form I-9 verification. Join Workbright on Thursday, August 27th, to get a first-hand look at how a 100% remote onboarding process works using their system. They'll cover a few of the new COVID-19 related legislation changes and how they can be easily facilitated with their platform.

CCPA: What Does It Mean for Employment Background Screening?


If you operate in California or have contact with consumers in California, you have likely already heard about the California Consumer Protection Act (“CCPA”), the United States’ answer to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. The CCPA goes into effect on January 1, 2020 and can be enforced six months after it is enacted.

New FCRA Decision Provides Additional Guidance to Employers


The Northern District of California provided additional guidance to employers with its decision in Soman v. Alameda Health Systems. Plaintiff Jas Soman brought a possible class action against Alameda Health Systems, arguing that Alameda had violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by containing additional information on its disclosure form. background screening hiring small business FCRA california Employment Background Checks Compliance News

A Hiring Horror Story: Robbie Romance


Once upon a time, a well-educated, dynamic HR Manager had a customer service department supervisor position to fill. The previous supervisor departed with little notice, leaving the HR Manager under significant pressure to find a suitable replacement quickly. She posts the position to numerous job boards and receives several mildly qualified resumes. She mentions her dismay and frustration at her weekly management team meeting.

District Courts: Independent Contractors Not Protected by the FCRA


Courts Hold Independent Contractors Are Not Employees under FCRA Extended Protections for Employees and Employment Applicants. News Employment Background Checks FCRA hiring background screening

The D&I Garden: Seeds of Innovation that Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

Speaker: Donald Fan, Senior Director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc.

In the digital era, rife with uncertainty and ambiguity, innovation plays an essential role in sustaining organic growth and outperforming the global competition. Research proves time and again, there exists a robust bond between innovation and diversity & inclusion (D&I); our challenge is to help our leaders understand how to plant the seeds of innovation in the fertile D&I garden in order to drive a strategic and competitive advantage from the office and in the digital landscape.