Think before you send: Legal risks of emails and texts

Think before you send: Legal risks of emails and texts

Excerpted from a Fasken blog by Gesta Abols and Matthew Downer

If the Hillary Clinton email scandal wasn’t a clear enough lesson that one should not conduct official work using personal electronic communication tools (be it email or texts), several recent court decisions have required executives to produce communications from personal devices. Executives should not assume communications using methods other than corporate email will be protected in the event of an investigation.

John Schnatter v. Papa John’s International, Inc.
During a call in 2017, John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s International, Inc., criticized the National Football League’s handling of the players’ dispute regarding national anthem protests. Some months later, Schnatter used a racial slur during company diversity training. Schnatter subsequently resigned as chairman of the board of directors at the board’s request, though declined to resign as director. The board then established a special committee which decided to terminate agreements the company had with Schnatter.

In the wake of these events, Schnatter requested books and records from Papa John’s, including emails and texts from personal accounts and devices of company executives.

On Jan. 15, 2019, the court ordered Papa John’s to permit Schnatter to inspect the personal accounts of certain executives. The court stated executives should expect to provide such information in litigation if they choose those mediums to discuss corporate matters. Although there is no bright-line rule with respect to the inspection of executive’s personal accounts and devices, the court noted several factors that influenced the court’s decision, including:

  • the company’s directors did not have company email addresses; and
  • Papa John’s did not introduce at trial “a policy indicating it views any information from personal accounts or personal devices of its directors or officers to be ‘personal unrestricted information’ outside the control of the Company.”

    In re Appraisal of Kate Spade & Co.
    In 2017, former shareholders of Kate Spade & Co. sought appraisal of their securities following Coach Inc.’s acquisition. In response to interrogatories, Kate Spade asserted that none of its executives engaged in communications over email or text from their personal accounts or devices concerning the negotiation of the transaction. However, documents produced by Kate Spade indicated the possible existence of text messages between two executives. The former shareholders then moved to compel the production of such communication arguing that some of the executives had prior social relationships that could have given Coach, Inc. an advantage in negotiations.

    In a transcript ruling, the court ordered Kate Spade to produce the relevant text messages. The court took the opportunity to discuss the value that can be derived from text messages: “Text messages can be the source of a lot of probative information in cases, particularly when they’re covered with emojis and other things of that nature. Maybe a text message will show a personal relationship. Maybe it won’t. But, frankly, just the precision of timing of exactly when certain things happened is extremely important in cases. And so, I have found text messages to be probative in that regard.”

    Takeaways
    These cases should serve as a useful reminder that directors, officers and advisors should endeavor to conduct company business only on company accounts rather than personal accounts and devices. Once it’s established that an executive uses a personal email or device to conduct company business, those accounts will likely be subject to discovery. This could result in sensitive or embarrassing personal information being produced.

    In order to protect information on an executive’s personal accounts, companies should consider: (1) providing company email addresses and devices to the executive to communicate regarding company business; and (2) adopting a policy restricting the communication of company business on personal accounts.

     

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    GroupOne visiting TORCH Annual Conference in Dallas
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    GroupOne visiting OKHR Conference in Tulsa
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    Ban the Box ordinances approved in North Carolina and Kansas
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    Night club institutes criminal background checks on customers
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    Why compliance is so important in pre-employment background screening
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    HR Surveys now available for purchase
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    “Ban the Box” and workplace violence: Could it lead to costly liability?
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    Uber to run criminal checks for every driver every year
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    Most cryptocurrency exchanges lack sufficient background checks
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    World’s first portable fingerprint drug test introduced to Italian market
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    Workforce drug positivity at highest rate in a decade
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    New Mexico school safety resolution to address background check requirements
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    Criminal checks for game officials?
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    How do you run background checks on potential new employees?
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    With marijuana sales set to begin, employers grapple with drug tests
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    NAPBS survey reveals 95 percent of employers conduct background screening
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    California’s 2018 Consumer Privacy Act brings country’s toughest protections
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    Arguing politics at work? Nip it in the bud!
    Arguing politics at work? Nip it in the bud!
    Excerpted from an SHRM Blog by Eva Del Rio Q: For the last few months two of my employees have been constantly bickering about politics.
    How to spot a fake document? It’s harder than you believe
    How to spot a fake document? It’s harder than you believe
    Blog by Danilio Davila, LPI, RACR, Executive Director, GroupOne Background Screening I recently had the opportunity to locate a long-time family record – my high
    More employers adopting continuous Background Checks on employees
    More employers adopting continuous Background Checks on employees
    Excerpted from an Insurance Journal article by Michael Sasso and Jeff Green Jay Cradeur takes pride in his 4.9 driver rating on Uber Technologies Inc.’s
    CT – school board debates criminal background limits to employment
    CT - school board debates criminal background limits to employment
    Excerpted from a CT Post story The husband of a city school teacher says it is inconceivable to him that the school board would consider
    Uber drivers are now subject to ‘continuous’ background checks
    Uber drivers are now subject to 'continuous' background checks
    Excerpted from a Mashable blog by Karissa Bell The ride-hailing service will be expanding its driver background checks so that drivers will be continuously monitored
    Maine child care workers support new background checks
    Maine child care workers support new background checks
    Excerpted from a WGME story Child care workers in Maine will soon have to undergo rigorous background checks and be fingerprinted under a new state
    Chicago schools – background checks, fingerprinting required amid sex abuse scandal
    Chicago schools - background checks, fingerprinting required amid sex abuse scandal
    Excerpted from a CBS Chicago story by Jim Williams Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is checking the background of thousands of CPS employees following reports students
    FTC: Fair Credit Reporting Act still a top priority
    FTC: Fair Credit Reporting Act still a top priority
    Excerpted from a PYMNTS blog The Federal Trade Commission testified on Thursday (July 12) that enforcement of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) remains a
    State Farm defeats job applicant’s credit check lawsuit
    State Farm defeats job applicant’s credit check lawsuit
    Excerpted from a BNA blog by Jon Steingart State Farm defeated a lawsuit by a job applicant who said it didn’t give him a chance
    GroupOne visiting AHRMA Conference in Austin
    GroupOne visiting AHRMA Conference in Austin
    GroupOne Background Screening will be hosting Booth #21 during the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) Annual Conference, July 26-27 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
    Pepsi agrees to pay $1.2 million in background check settlement
    Pepsi agrees to pay $1.2 million in background check settlement
    Excerpted from a Top Class Actions blog by Anne Bucher A $1.19 million settlement has been proposed in a class action lawsuit alleging Pepsi Beverages
    GroupOne’s former long-time director has passed away
    GroupOne’s former long-time director has passed away
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    NAPBS to pursue litigation against Arkansas District Court
    The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) announced this week it would pursue litigation in Arkansas against the District Court of Benton County –
    Tips to achieve an inclusive and diverse workplace
    Tips to achieve an inclusive and diverse workplace
    Excerpted from an SHRM Blog by Paul Wolfe In order to achieve workplace diversity, it must be promoted, embraced and executed by all levels of
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    Thousands of new background checks are big back-to-school issue
    Excerpted from a Lexington Herald-Leader story by Valarie Honeycutt Spears A Kentucky law with “good intentions” is causing serious problems for school districts around the
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    SF district attorney sues ‘Angie’s List’ over background checks claim
    Excerpted from a KPIX CBS story The San Francisco district attorney is suing Angie’s List for false advertising with regards to background checking their service
    Sign of the times – TN district requires all visitors to go through screening
    Sign of the times – TN district requires all visitors to go through screening
    Excerpted from a WVLT.TV post by Amanda Ferguson Wednesday was the first day of school for Maryville City Schools in Knoxville, Tennessee. All seven schools
    Salary history to be removed from applications for KC city jobs
    Salary history to be removed from applications for KC city jobs
    Excerpted from kctv5.com story by Kelli Taylor Not long ago the city approved an ordinance removing criminal history off of job applications for Kansas City
    Companies ramping up their employee screening strategies
    Companies ramping up their employee screening strategies
    Excerpted from a CNBC story by Natalie Daher In April, Uber announced it will be tightening background checks for its drivers. This comes after a
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    Can eating poppy seed bagels make you test positive for Opioids?
    Excerpted from a Women’s Health story by Korin Miller Even if you’ve never touched an illicit drug, it’s easy for the paranoid part of your
    ACS ignored background check laws for years
    ACS ignored background check laws for years
    Excerpted from a New York Post story by Bruce Golding, Rich Calder and Max Jaeger The city’s child-welfare department has for years failed to conduct
    The Common App will stop asking about students’ criminal histories
    The Common App will stop asking about students' criminal histories
    Excerpted from The Atlantic story by Alia Wong The nonprofit organization behind the Common Application, a single form that students can fill out to apply
    Recent hijacking highlights need to review background screening policies
    Recent hijacking highlights need to review background screening policies
    The hijacking of an empty commercial airliner at Seattle’s SeaTac Airport on August 10 suggests an urgent need to review pre-employment background screening policies. When
    A check on background checks
    A check on background checks
    Excerpted from a KMIRNBC story by Daytona Everett The California Supreme Court has upheld a state law that requires employers to obtain workers’ permission before
    GroupOne to host booth at Oklahoma HR event Aug. 23-24
    GroupOne to host booth at Oklahoma HR event Aug. 23-24
    GroupOne Background Screening will be hosting a booth during the HR in Indian Country Conference, August 23-24 at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma.
    Job offer rescinded after woman tests positive from cannabis lip balm
    Job offer rescinded after woman tests positive from cannabis lip balm
    Excerpted from an 11ABC News story by Randall Yip and Michael Finney It’s fairly well known that Proposition 64 made recreational marijuana use legal in
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    Lawsuit claims McDonald’s background checks violate FCRA
    Excerpted from a Top Class Actions blog by Christina Davis A job seeker says that fast food giant McDonald’s violates federal law when it conducts
    Have a consistent policy – patchwork background checks for NC educators
    Have a consistent policy – patchwork background checks for NC educators
    Excerpted from a News 13 WLOS story by Jennifer Emert While parents in Asheville, North Carolina might assume teachers go through rigorous background checks, a
    Have a system – Idaho background checks on coaches disorganized
    Have a system – Idaho background checks on coaches disorganized
    Excerpted from a Idaho State Journal story Idaho parents likely have an assumption that when their children join a high school sports team, the people
    CA – Employers must get stricter permission before performing background checks
    CA - Employers must get stricter permission before performing background checks
    Employers in California must follow the stricter Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA) when running certain background checks and obtain written permission from employees and
    Background checks bar more than 260 from work in Chicago schools
    Background checks bar more than 260 from work in Chicago schools
    A whopping total of 266 employees of the Chicago Public School (CPS) District will require additional screening after they were “flagged” following background checks conducted
    TN – City employee resigns after CBD use triggers failed drug test
    TN - City employee resigns after CBD use triggers failed drug test
    Excerpted from a Daily News Journal story by Mariah Timms All Mai Hamric wanted was to apply for a promotion. The Murfreesboro-native artist was employed
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    Eight arrested before LSU game due to background check policy
    Excerpted from a WBRZ ABC News story Police say eight people were arrested at a LSU football game in Baton Rouge on Saturday because of
    Background Checks on school volunteers a necessity
    Background Checks on school volunteers a necessity
    Legislation mandating criminal background checks and providing assistance to schools and youth organizations has been a popular topic in 2018. In GroupOne’s opinion, there should
    GroupOne to host booth Sept. 15-18 at ASHHRA Conference
    GroupOne to host booth Sept. 15-18 at ASHHRA Conference
    GroupOne Background Screening will be hosting booth #218 during the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration’s (ASHHRA) 54th Annual Conference and Exposition, September 15-18
    Outcomes-based team that serves with integrity and compliance
    Outcomes-based team that serves with integrity and compliance
    Blog by Danny Davila, Executive Director, GroupOne Background Screening The news is littered with accounts of companies that obtain the trust of their clients and
    Lawmaker thinks Congress should be subjected to random drug testing
    Lawmaker thinks Congress should be subjected to random drug testing
    Excerpted from a Huffington Post story by Dominique Mosbergen At many workplaces across the country, employees are required to submit to random drug screenings. And
    Opioid epidemic office readiness
    Opioid epidemic office readiness
    Excerpted from a SHRM Blog by Gene Hobbs Many of us have read through FMLA paperwork describing things we can do to assist our employees
    Creating a workforce through succession planning
    Creating a workforce through succession planning
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    Employers must use updated FCRA Notice of Rights beginning Sept. 21
    Employers must use updated FCRA Notice of Rights beginning Sept. 21
    On September 12, 2018, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) announced an interim final rule to be effective September 21, 2018, that will update
    GroupOne to host booth at Coastal Bend HR Conference Sept. 27-28
    GroupOne to host booth at Coastal Bend HR Conference Sept. 27-28
    GroupOne Background Screening will be hosting a booth during the Coastal Bend Society for Human Resources Management Conference, September 27-28 at the Center for Economic
    Critics decry Medicaid-provider background checks as a step back
    Critics decry Medicaid-provider background checks as a step back
    Excerpted from an Ohio Watchdog post by Tyler Arnold Ohio ACLU chief lobbyist Gary Daniels criticized a decision from the Ohio Department of Medicaid to
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    What background checks should be performed on any potential new hire?
    One of the questions we are asked most frequently at GroupOne Background Screening is what types of background checks should always be performed? Whether you
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    Southwest Key misses background check deadline, could lose license
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    Importance of employee background screening for small business
    Excerpted from an AZ Big Media blog by Molly Gerner A background check is one of the most crucial pre-employment screening steps that are necessary
    EEOC continues to scrutinize criminal record screening policies
    EEOC continues to scrutinize criminal record screening policies
    Excerpted from a Lexology blog by Littler Mendelson PC Employers that use criminal record-screening policies must continue to be vigilant about compliance with all applicable
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    Trend? California employers to face raft of new #MeToo laws
    Excerpted from a Lexology blog by Fisher Phillips Wrapping up a whirlwind weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown just signed several pieces of legislation that will
    The deceptive complexity of criminal background checks
    The deceptive complexity of criminal background checks
    Excerpted from an SHRM Blog by Jonathan Segal In order to conduct a compliant criminal background check, employers ordinarily must comply not only with the
    GroupOne to host booth at HR Southwest Conference Oct. 14-17
    GroupOne to host booth at HR Southwest Conference Oct. 14-17
    GroupOne Background Screening will host booth #843 during the HRSouthwest Conference, October 14-17 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The HRSouthwest Conference, powered by DallasHR
    GA – Commissioners tackle sensitive personnel issues
    GA - Commissioners tackle sensitive personnel issues
    Excerpted from an Augusta Chronicle story by Tom Corwin In tackling some of the more sensitive personnel issues, an Augusta Commission subcommittee Wednesday voted to
    Employers must update Summary of Consumer Rights
    Employers must update Summary of Consumer Rights
    Employers who use consumer reports to make employment decisions must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Under the FCRA, an employer taking adverse
    OSHA clarifies position on safety programs and post-incident drug testing
    OSHA clarifies position on safety programs and post-incident drug testing
    Excerpted from a Lexology blog by Stinson Leonard Street LLP On October 11, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a memorandum entitled
    What’s a “Reasonable” Reinvestigation?
    What’s a “Reasonable” Reinvestigation?
    Excerpted from a JDSUPRA blog by Thomas Cull Last week, the District Court for Colorado offered important insight into what it means for consumer reporting
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    Ten ways employers can avoid getting “Ghosted” this Halloween…and beyond
    Excerpted from a Lexology blog by Richard Meneghello of Fisher Phillips As if things aren’t spooky enough this time of year, employers have a new
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    PA - Lack of bus driver background checks closes schools
    Excerpted from a WNEP-ABC story by Dave Bohman Classes in the Crestwood School District in Pennsylvania were canceled last week. The district was forced to
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    Is drug testing of employees required in “legal” states?
    Excerpted from an SFGate story by Midge Seltzer If your company drug tests employees, now is a good time to evaluate how the expanding legalized
    How to handle employee requests for time off to vote
    How to handle employee requests for time off to vote
    Excerpted from an SHRM blog by Lisa Nagele-Piazza Many employees will be eligible to cast their ballot on Nov. 6, but will they have time
    EEOC sees sexual harassment statistics explode in past year
    EEOC sees sexual harassment statistics explode in past year
    Excerpted from a Fisher Phillips blog The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just released its preliminary findings examining sexual harassment in the workplace over the
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    Asking employees about prescription medicine use
    Excerpted from an Holland & Hart blog by Bradley T. Cave As an employer, you may be tempted to ask your employees what prescription medications
    Just the facts about background checks
    Just the facts about background checks
    “Just the facts ma’am,” as they used to say on a popular television show. Here at GroupOne Background Screening, that’s exactly what we are going
    Whether your candidate won or lost, the workplace can support healthy discussions
    Whether your candidate won or lost, the workplace can support healthy discussions
    Excerpted from an SHRM Blog by Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. Those who know me understand that I can act as a provocateur in conversations. I
    Detailed requirements when having a third party perform background checks
    Detailed requirements when having a third party perform background checks
    Excerpted from a Pepper Hamilton LLP blog by Lee E. Tankle Q: Are there certain rules an employer must follow when conducting background checks or
    Army’s new screening policy for leaders of recruits and sexual assault survivors
    Army's new screening policy for leaders of recruits and sexual assault survivors
    Excerpted from an ArmyTimes story by Meghann Myers The Army has long screened recruiters and drill sergeants for past conduct that might make them a
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    Stanford facing FCRA Class Action
    Excerpted from an National Law Review story by Thomas M. Cull Stanford University is facing a new FCRA class action with, potentially, over a thousand
    How elected officials shaped the FCRA: Congress’s intent to preempt state law claims
    How elected officials shaped the FCRA: Congress’s intent to preempt state law claims
    Excerpted from The National Law Review story by Nadia Adams In Thornton v. Equifax Info. Servs., No. 4:18-CV-80 (CDL), 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 189052 (M.D.
    Here’s how marijuana laws have changed after midterm elections
    Here's how marijuana laws have changed after midterm elections
    Excerpted from a LifeHacker blog by Emily Price The legalization of marijuana was on the ballot in four states during the midterm elections: Michigan, North
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    #MeToo in healthcare: The time to act is now
    Excerpted from a McBrayer McGinnis Leslie & Kirkland PLLC blog by Lisa English Hinkle The #MeToo movement has sparked a momentous conversation in American life,
    Almost 130 Chicago school workers out after background check review
    Almost 130 Chicago school workers out after background check review
    Excerpted from an Associated Press news story A review of Chicago Public Schools’ background checks prompted by a newspaper investigation has resulted in nearly 130
    Trust the source, but always validate
    Trust the source, but always validate
    Blog by Danny Davila, Executive Director, GroupOne Background Screening The background screening industry has access to a vast amount of data. One of the first
    TN – School staffs must undergo five-year background checks
    TN - School staffs must undergo five-year background checks
    Excerpted from a Shelbyville Times-Gazette story by Dawn Hankins If you’re a parent worrying about a sexual predator teaching your child, a new state law
    NYC releases FAQs related to new sexual harassment legislation
    NYC releases FAQs related to new sexual harassment legislation
    The New York City Commission of Human Rights issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) last week detailing guidance on employers’ obligations under the
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    Lawmakers concerned by lowered background check requirements for Tornillo staff
    Excerpted from a Texas Standard blog by Becky Fogel Several Texas lawmakers are raising concerns about the safety of migrant children detained in the Tornillo
    Can an outside investigation constitute a “consumer report” under FCRA?
    Can an outside investigation constitute a “consumer report” under FCRA?
    Excerpted from a blog by Shelton Sterling Laney, III of Womble Bond Dickinson, LLP The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in the case of Rivera
    GroupOne to host booth at Oklahoma Hospital Association Convention, Dec. 5-7
    GroupOne to host booth at Oklahoma Hospital Association Convention, Dec. 5-7
    GroupOne Background Screening will host a booth during the annual Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) Convention and Trade Show, December 5-7 at the Cox Convention Center
    Bush legacy lives on through Americans With Disabilities Act
    Bush legacy lives on through Americans With Disabilities Act
    Excerpted from a blog by Connie Elder Carrigan of Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers LLP As tributes to former President George H.W. Bush’s
    Minority drivers sue Amazon over background checks
    Minority drivers sue Amazon over background checks
    Excerpted from an HRDive blog by Lisa Burden A group of black and Latino Amazon drivers have sued the e-commerce giant Amazon in Massachusetts state
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    Confusing background check disclosures can get an employer in FCRA hot water!
    Excerpted from a blog by Nadia Adams of Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP. On November 29, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a
    Recruiting scams on the rise!
    Recruiting scams on the rise!
    Excerpted from a blog by Kathleen Porter of Robinson+Cole LLP. With more companies hiring over the past year, online recruiting scams have re-emerged to prey
    Groups call background check policy for school visitors discriminatory
    Groups call background check policy for school visitors discriminatory
    Excerpted from a Reno Gazette Journal story by Siobhan McAndrew Civil rights and immigrant community leaders sent a letter to Washoe County School District Superintendent
    Texas employers take notice: Proposed bills for 2019
    Texas employers take notice: Proposed bills for 2019
    Excerpted from a Fisher Phillips blog by Felix Digilov The Texas Legislature does not officially convene until Jan. 8, 2019. But during the week of
    Court holds screening on independent contractors not subject to FCRA requirements
    Court holds screening on independent contractors not subject to FCRA requirements
    Excerpted from a Troutman Sanders LLP blog by Cindy Hanson, David Anthony, Alan Wingfield, Timothy St. George and Patrick Dillard. A court in the United
    ND – Background check waiver for child care
    ND - Background check waiver for child care
    Excerpted from a Bismarck Tribune story by Blair Emerson Child care providers in North Dakota were left scrambling to comply with a new federal requirement
    New York’s sexual harassment policies have global implications
    New York’s sexual harassment policies have global implications
    Excerpted from a Proskauer blog by Michelle A. Gyves, Erika C. Collins and Vanessa P. Avello As previously reported, New York has significantly heightened employers’
    Careless employee reviews can be harmful
    Careless employee reviews can be harmful
    Excerpted from a Burns & Levinson LLP blog by Kelly Kirby While employee reviews have obvious benefits for Human Resources, implementing a policy that ensures
    New Mexico considers “Ban the Box” proposal
    New Mexico considers
    Excerpted from a krqe.com story by Allison Martinez A New Mexico lawmaker is proposing a bill to help ex-convicts find work by getting rid of
    The “Seven-year Rule” for adverse information
    The
    What is the “Seven-year Rule?” When reading the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), you see that it allows non-conviction criminal information to be reported for
    Political speech inside the workplace
    Political speech inside the workplace
    With the new year comes a new Congress, an ongoing government shutdown and rumblings of the first campaign announcements for 2020. With more voters participating
    Federal shutdown has stopped E-Verify
    Federal shutdown has stopped E-Verify
    Excerpted from an azcentral story by Russ Wiles A dispute over immigration is at the crux of the government shutdown, but the impasse also has
    PA – Top court could decide faculty background check question
    PA - Top court could decide faculty background check question
    Excerpted from a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story by Bill Schackner A legal dispute more than three years old between Pennsylvania’s state university system and its faculty
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    ‘Ban the Box’ bill being considered in Colorado
    Excerpted from a Colorado Independent story by Alex Burness In 2016 and 2017, Colorado’s legislature took up the question of whether to prohibit employers from
    How is the government shutdown affecting employers?
    How is the government shutdown affecting employers?
    Excerpted from a Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP blog by Lee Geiger The government shutdown is entering yet another week with no end in sight.
    Dog walker charged with cruelty – concerns raised about background checks
    Dog walker charged with cruelty - concerns raised about background checks
    Excerpted from a FOX KTVU news story by Candice Nguyen A Danville, California couple is questioning the vetting process of walkers hired through a popular
    Delta to pay $2.3M to settle background check dispute
    Delta to pay $2.3M to settle background check dispute
    Excerpted from an HR Dive blog by Jennifer Carsen Delta Air Lines has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging it
    Social media and age discrimination
    Social media and age discrimination
    We will not be the first to say this, but we’ll say it anyway. Social Media is not a passing fad. Policies and laws involving
    Labor Department to encourage drug testing for unemployment insurance
    Labor Department to encourage drug testing for unemployment insurance
    Excerpted from a ThinkProgress blog by Casey Quinlan The Trump administration wants to encourage states to conduct drug tests for people seeking unemployment insurance —
    Is an OFAC Background Check right for your candidates?
    Is an OFAC Background Check right for your candidates?
    Excerpted from a Business 2 Community story by Brett McIntyre Any company that strives for diversity on their team or does business internationally may come
    Should you dress more gender appropriate?
    Should you dress more gender appropriate?
    Excerpted from a Fisher Broyles blog by Amy Epstein Gluck The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is taking on Chili’s. No, it’s not because a
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    Court certifies Walmart applicants in background check suit
    Excerpted from an HR Dive blog by Jennifer Carsen A California district court has certified a class of approximately 5 million people who once applied
    Better safe than…arrest raises questions about city’s background checks
    Better safe than...arrest raises questions about city’s background checks
    The arrest of an El Paso man on theft charges has led residents to question how the city screens people who are coordinating sports teams
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    Continuous background screening is good risk mitigation
    Does your company complete a background check only when you hire a new employee? Should you consider continuous screening of your employees during the year?
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    Companies rethinking alcohol in the workplace
    Excerpted from a Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP blog by Karen Jennings Evans and Robert T. Dumbacher The presence of alcohol in offices has ebbed and
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    KY - Background check law may receive revisions
    Excerpted from a Lexington Herald-Leader story by Valerie Honeycutt Spears A new background check law that caused headaches for Kentucky school districts and businesses and
    Ninth Circuit rules disclosure form referencing state laws violates FCRA
    Ninth Circuit rules disclosure form referencing state laws violates FCRA
    Excerpted from a National Law Review story On January 29, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled that an employer violated the Fair
    E-Verify resumes operation
    E-Verify resumes operation
    Excerpted from a Greenberg Traurig LLP blog by Martha J. Schoonover and Lou Metsu As the federal government re-opened on January 25, E-Verify has resumed
    Diploma mill selling fake degrees touting Denton, Texas as home
    Diploma mill selling fake degrees touting Denton, Texas as home
    Excerpted from The Dallas Morning News story by Sarah Sarder The city of Denton, home to two four-year universities, is also the false location for
    Helping ex-offenders re-enter the workforce
    Helping ex-offenders re-enter the workforce
    Excerpted from an SHRM blog by Darcey McAllister I admit it. I have been one of those HR people reluctant to hire ex-offenders under the
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    A $6M misunderstanding? PA jury finds age and national origin discrimination
    Excerpted from a Jackson Lewis blog by Diane Windholz and Damon W. Silver Following a five-day trial, a federal jury in Pennsylvania has awarded more
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    Complicating simplicity: Stand-alone documents required for background checks
    Excerpted from a Sheppard Mullin blog by Justine M. Phillips and Brooke S. Purcell Albert Einstein believed “Everything should be made as simple as possible,
    Question the accuracy of any report
    Question the accuracy of any report
    Blog by Danny Davila, Executive Director, GroupOne Background Screening As a workforce, we’re led to believe that if it’s documented and issued by management, then
    Changing marijuana laws and effective drug testing
    Changing marijuana laws and effective drug testing
    Excerpted from a Bradley blog by J. Christopher Selman and Alexander G. Thrasher Although marijuana is classified as an illegal drug under federal law, a
    On the road – GroupOne to host booths at two Austin conferences
    On the road - GroupOne to host booths at two Austin conferences
    GroupOne Background Screening is headed to the Hill Country as they will host a booth during two separate conferences in Austin, Texas including the annual
    Three social media strategies for your company
    Three social media strategies for your company
    Excerpted from an Association of Corporate Counsel blog by Wendy R. Leibowitz About five years ago, Ethan Wall, the CEO and founder of The Social
    Navigating workplace drug testing has never been more challenging
    Navigating workplace drug testing has never been more challenging
    Excerpted from a Forbes article by Clarissa Windham-Bradstock When record-low unemployment rates collide with record-high drug use in the American workforce, companies can find themselves
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    Workplace violence is back in the headlines
    With random workplace violence continuing across the U.S., many employers are asking how best to protect their workforce. While these incidents are distressing, here’s a
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    So, you have a job candidate. Now what?
    Blog by Danilio Davila, LPI, RACR, FCRA Basic Certification, Executive Director, GroupOne Background Screening The talent acquisition and onboarding process may vary from industry to
    Religious accommodation requests: What employers should know
    Religious accommodation requests: What employers should know
    Excerpted from an akerman blog by Ashley N. Arnett Employers must walk a tightrope when dealing with an employee or applicant seeking a religious accommodation
    America has trouble with black hair and NYC plans to change that
    America has trouble with black hair and NYC plans to change that
    Excerpted from a FisherBroyles LLP blog by Richard B. Cohen A great article was posted last year in The New York Times, entitled “Why Are
    Indiana Senate advances public library background check bill
    Indiana Senate advances public library background check bill
    Excerpted from a Tristate Homepage story by Brett Allega Indiana state senators have passed a bill dealing with how public libraries handle criminal background checks.
    Making AI work for HR
    Making AI work for HR
    Excerpted from an Epstein Becker Green blog and video by Adam Forman and Nathaniel Glasser Click here to watch the video. This Employment Law This
    CO – New program to erase low-level marijuana convictions
    CO - New program to erase low-level marijuana convictions
    Excerpted from a Denver Post story by Sam Tabachnik Starting Saturday, thousands of Denverites who were convicted of low-level marijuana offenses prior to legalization can
    Study reveals “Ban the Box” has increased the hiring of former prisoners
    Study reveals “Ban the Box” has increased the hiring of former prisoners
    A new research study released this month by Case Western Reserve University reports the “Ban the Box” movement has improved employment opportunities for former prisoners.
    Think before you send: Legal risks of emails and texts
    Think before you send: Legal risks of emails and texts
    Excerpted from a Fasken blog by Gesta Abols and Matthew Downer If the Hillary Clinton email scandal wasn’t a clear enough lesson that one should
    Credit reporting agencies face pressure from skeptical U.S. Congress
    Credit reporting agencies face pressure from skeptical U.S. Congress
    Excerpted from a Reuters blog by Pete Schroeder The nation’s major credit reporting agencies faced renewed scrutiny from Congress last week, as lawmakers consider legislation
    Pentagon faces questions about background screening of recruits
    Pentagon faces questions about background screening of recruits
    Excerpted from a Stars and Stripes story by Dan Lamothe A Pentagon program designed to screen potential recruits with foreign ties, including green-card holders and
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    Court rules gossip constitutes sex-based harassment
    Excerpted from a Katz Marshall & Banks LLP blog by Matthew LaGarde The Fourth Circuit issued an important decision in February, holding that spreading rumors
    State slaps large fine in background-check case against energy marketer
    State slaps large fine in background-check case against energy marketer
    Excerpted from The Morning Call story by Anthony Salamone Energy supplier Vista Energy Marketing faces a record fine for hiring door-to-door salespeople without criminal background
    OR – Private schools not required to background check staff
    OR - Private schools not required to background check staff
    Excerpted from a KATU-2 TV story by Joe Douglass At public schools, teachers and other staff members must undergo criminal background checks. But that’s not
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    Excerpted from Rome News-Tribune By Diane Wagner The Rome City Commission is split over the issue of having a question about felony convictions at the
    Lawsuit claims background checks discriminate against childcare workers
    Lawsuit claims background checks discriminate against childcare workers
    Excerpted from wbur By Carrie Jung The group Lawyers for Civil Rights has filed a class-action lawsuit against the commonwealth of Massachusetts over what they’re
    Your preference for reference – GroupOne’s reference checks!
    Your preference for reference – GroupOne’s reference checks!
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    Lyft sued over assault cases
    Lyft sued over assault cases
    Excerpted from American Legal News By Lynn Fugaro Fourteen women who said they were raped or otherwise sexually assaulted have filed a lawsuit against Lyft,
    Driving innovation while focusing on foundational programs
    Driving innovation while focusing on foundational programs
    Excerpted from The SHRM Blog by Cory Bronson and Scott Snell To lead in an ever-changing world, today’s chief HR officers (CHRO) must act swiftly,
    EEOC sues two Denver-area employers who fired epileptic workers
    EEOC sues two Denver-area employers who fired epileptic workers
    Excerpted from The Denver Post By Aldo Svaldi The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has sued two metro-area employers, alleging they fired workers who
    GroupOne drug testing – Money in your company’s pocket!
    GroupOne drug testing – Money in your company’s pocket!
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    The same but different – building a truly inclusive culture for all
    The same but different - building a truly inclusive culture for all
    Excerpted from The SHRM Blog By Mofota Sefali “Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity,
    EEOC says Walmart may have underpaid women workers
    EEOC says Walmart may have underpaid women workers
    Excerpted from Business Journals By Anne Stych The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) believes Walmart may have paid some women less or denied them promotions
    CEOs from Amazon, IBM, ask Congress to pass a data privacy law
    CEOs from Amazon, IBM, ask Congress to pass a data privacy law
    Excerpted from CNBC By Lauren Feiner CEOs of 51 companies from the Business Roundtable, including Amazon, IBM and Salesforce, signed a letter to U.S. congressional
    Exide Technologies to pay $45,000 to settle discrimination lawsuit
    Exide Technologies to pay $45,000 to settle discrimination lawsuit
    Excerpted from JD Supra By U.S. Equal Employment Oppor¬tunity Commission (EEOC) Battery Manufacturer Rescinded Its Job Offer Based on Unfounded Fears of Safety, Federal Agency
    Over 100 Uber and Lyft drivers suspended in Portland, Oregon
    Over 100 Uber and Lyft drivers suspended in Portland, Oregon
    Excerpted from Travel Pulse By Mia Taylor More than 150 Uber and Lyft drivers have been suspended for offenses that should have blocked them for
    Firm illegally fired pregnant officer, EEOC lawsuit alleges
    Firm illegally fired pregnant officer, EEOC lawsuit alleges
    Excerpted from The News Tribune By Alexis Krell A Tacoma-based company illegally fired a pregnant security officer, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in
    On the road – GroupOne hosting booth at Coastal Bend SHRM event
    On the road – GroupOne hosting booth at Coastal Bend SHRM event
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    Be Prudent – Screen your Student!
    Be Prudent – Screen your Student!
    Did you know GroupOne is an experienced student screening provider? We partner with universities, colleges and schools to perform background checks on students in contact
    School bus driver warns of CBD use after failing drug test, losing job
    School bus driver warns of CBD use after failing drug test, losing job
    Excerpted from abc13 By Chuck Goudie and Christine M Tressel Careers continue to be upended by the wildly popular cannabis extract known as CBD. Products
    Despite some toxic workplaces, most Americans feel fulfilled at work
    Despite some toxic workplaces, most Americans feel fulfilled at work
    Excerpted from The SHRM Blog By Trent Burner When you consider adults spend 90,000 hours of their lifetime at work, and how work impacts or
    7 Ways to be an Effective Leader — Even if it’s Not Your Job Yet
    7 Ways to be an Effective Leader — Even if it’s Not Your Job Yet
    Excerpted from Lexology By Elizabeth A. Colombo “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker A common misconception about
    Let GroupOne “Clear your Volunteer”
    Let GroupOne “Clear your Volunteer”
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    Columbia, South Carolina enacts Ban-the-Box Law
    Columbia, South Carolina enacts Ban-the-Box Law
    Excerpted from Lexology By Seyfarth Shaw LLP Seyfarth Synopsis: The Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Steve Benjamin has signed a new law prohibiting employers – including
    Background checks in effect for childcare providers
    Background checks in effect for childcare providers
    Excerpted from The Jamestown Sun The North Dakota Department of Human Services said the department is re-implementing a federal fingerprint-based background check requirement to ensure
    Ford Motor to pay $540,000 to resolve discrimination case in Kentucky
    Ford Motor to pay $540,000 to resolve discrimination case in Kentucky
    Excerpted from Courier Journal By Ben Tobin Ford Motor Co.’s Kentucky Truck Plant will pay more than $500,000 and provide additional training to resolve a
    Making sense of it all: How technology is shaping HR
    Making sense of it all: How technology is shaping HR
    Excerpted from The SHRM Blog By Mary Kaylor, SHRM-CP Richard Branson is famous for the quote, “Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat
    It’s not rocket science – let us help with compliance!
    It’s not rocket science – let us help with compliance!
    Is your hospital compliant? With an expanding array of regulatory requirements, healthcare organizations must regularly screen physicians, nurses, non-medical employees, insurance program participants, pharmacists, contractors
    GroupOne staff hosts “Football Friday,” on a Thursday!
    GroupOne staff hosts “Football Friday,” on a Thursday!
    In preparation for the big Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns football game at the State Fair in Dallas this Saturday, staff members of GroupOne Background
    Illinois bans employer inquires on salary history, continues trend
    Illinois bans employer inquires on salary history, continues trend
    Excerpted from Hunton Employment & Labor Perspectives By Reilly C. Moore, Ryan M. Bates & Alan J. Marcuis Illinois joined a handful of other states
    7 work trends you should be paying attention to
    7 work trends you should be paying attention to
    Excerpted from The SHRM Blog by Caroline Stokes Work trends come and go, but some have staying power. I have noticed seven trends that companies
    GroupOne is your one-stop station for ATS Integration!
    GroupOne is your one-stop station for ATS Integration!
    Did you know GroupOne Background Screening is a one-stop station for ATS Integration? Our platform integrates with more than 70% of the applicant tracking systems
    Why employers can’t let guards down when hiring holiday workers
    Why employers can’t let guards down when hiring holiday workers
    Excerpted from a Forbes article by Alonzo Martinez As we dash into the lucrative holiday shopping season, employers are scrambling to hire temporary workers to