With marijuana sales set to begin, employers grapple with drug tests

With marijuana sales set to begin, employers grapple with drug tests

Excerpted from a Boston Globe article by Katie Johnston

For Massachusetts employers, marijuana is a potential minefield.

The drug is about to become more widely available as recreational sales start next month, yet many companies have no plans to stop screening workers for pot. But in doing so, businesses could open themselves up to lawsuits from workers who claim the test is discriminatory or who, with easier access to cannabis, use it to treat a medical condition without a doctor’s recommendation.

Companies that persist in drug testing could find themselves losing potential employees to businesses that don’t, a real risk in a tight job market. Even Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta recently questioned whether drug testing made sense for employers desperate for workers.

Further complicating the situation is that marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, so companies that do stop drug testing could face additional ramifications.

“We’re stuck at the frontier of employment law,” said Boston employment attorney David Robinson. “No matter what you do, you’re at peril of someone challenging it.”

Some Massachusetts employers have already started treating marijuana like alcohol, telling workers that they can’t use it at work or bring it to work, but other than that it’s fair game. And several large companies around the country have stopped testing for marijuana altogether, from a manufacturer in New Hampshire to assisted-living facilities in Florida to the nation’s largest auto dealer.

But for safety-sensitive positions, where being stoned on the job could be dangerous, some employers will continue to conduct random drug tests, which, in effect, would bar employees from using marijuana on their own time because it can be detected in urine tests for days or even weeks after use.

You can read the full story here.

 

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OSU to recommend update on faculty background checks
OSU to recommend update on faculty background checks
Excerpted from OCOLLY.com post by Jackie Elliott At the upcoming Oklahoma State University Faculty Council meeting Tuesday, the faculty council is scheduled to recommend an
Combating sexual harassment – a game plan for HR
Combating sexual harassment – a game plan for HR
Excerpted from an SHRM Blog by Kelly Marinelli In the midst of all of the justifiable community outrage, and big policy discussions around gender, diversity,
Commentary: Challenging crime’s real ‘life sentence’
Commentary: Challenging crime’s real ‘life sentence’
Excerpted from a My Journal Courier editorial by Arthur Rizer and Rachel Liebman It’s time to address one of the most common collateral consequences following
Report offers ideas to tighten background checks at schools
Report offers ideas to tighten background checks at schools
Excerpted from localmemphis.com, by Brad Broders A first of its kind report outlined how Tennessee school districts can better protect against hiring people who sexually
Virginia Senate backs ‘Ban the Box’ legislation
Virginia Senate backs 'Ban the Box' legislation
Excerpted from Richmond-Times Dispatch article The Virginia Senate on Friday voted 23-16 to pass “ban the box” legislation governing public employment. It would bar state
Nurse convicted of crimes never faced background check
Nurse convicted of crimes never faced background check
Excerpted from FOX31 NEWS story by Rob Low BRIGHTON, Colo. — An Adams County judge sentenced former nurse Thomas Moore to 12 years in prison
Schenectady, NY boosts background checks after hiring criminals
Schenectady, NY boosts background checks after hiring criminals
Excerpted from timesunion.com, by Paul Nelson City leaders will revisit the issue of criminal background checks and fingerprinting for potential new employees when they hold
The Last Taboo: Job Searching in the Digital Age
The Last Taboo: Job Searching in the Digital Age
Excerpted from an SHRM Blog by Paul Wolfe The internet has revolutionized the job search, but it hasn’t really changed job seekers’ attitudes about privacy.
February participation to begin for HR Surveys
February participation to begin for HR Surveys
February is survey time at GroupOne Background Screening, with three annual HR surveys conducted from February 1-28. The annual Pay Practices Survey and Benefit Practices
GroupOne teams with i2Verify for income and employment verification
GroupOne teams with i2Verify for income and employment verification
GroupOne Background Screening is pleased to announce it has teamed with i2Verify to offer clients a customizable employment and income verification solution that is trusted
What are your HR priorities for 2018?
What are your HR priorities for 2018?
Blog by Danny Davila, LPI, RACR, FCRA, Executive Director of GroupOne The career of an HR leader is filled with opportunities to increase engagement and
Judge grants Texas request to block restrictions on background checks
Judge grants Texas request to block restrictions on background checks
Excerpted from a Texas Tribune post by Emma Platoff The federal government can’t enforce in Texas a rule limiting the use of criminal background checks
Incomplete background check? Soon that might not block concealed weapons permit.
Incomplete background check? Soon that might not block concealed weapons permit.
Excerpted from a Miami Herald article by Steve Bousquet Lawmakers want to rewrite Florida’s concealed weapons law so that people can get gun licenses even
Employment Screening Trends for 2018
Employment Screening Trends for 2018
Excerpted from an SHRM Blog by Roy Maurer Organizations that conduct pre-employment background checks in 2018 will need to focus on compliance in the wake
Alabama regulations for Uber, Lyft approved by senate
Alabama regulations for Uber, Lyft approved by senate
Excerpted from al.com post by Mike Cason A bill to set up a statewide regulation framework for Uber, Lyft and similar transportation network companies passed
Don’t forget – February is the time to participate in HR Surveys
Don’t forget – February is the time to participate in HR Surveys
February is here, which means it’s survey time at GroupOne Background Screening with three annual HR Surveys conducted from February 1-28. The annual Pay Practices
Case study details the advantages of GroupOne partner i2Verify
Case study details the advantages of GroupOne partner i2Verify
Check out this fascinating case study on i2Verify, a new partner of GroupOne Background Screening. Working with the Mayo Clinic, i2Verify was able to streamline
Nuclear Plant loses access to Background Check database
Nuclear Plant loses access to Background Check database
Excerpted from a Courthouse News article by Izzy Kapnick Florida Power & Light, one of the nation’s largest utilities, claims in a federal lawsuit that
YMCA implements daily sex offender registry checks
YMCA implements daily sex offender registry checks
Excerpted from a Wichita Eagle story by Stan Finger Acknowledging “a trust has been broken,” Greater Wichita YMCA officials announced they will be implementing daily
Government auditor says background check process is at ‘high risk’
Government auditor says background check process is at ‘high risk’
Excerpted from a Washington Post story by Aaron Gregg The federal government’s sluggish process for clearing workers to handle classified data is drawing new concern
Should parents of home-schooled children submit to background checks?
Should parents of home-schooled children submit to background checks?
Excerpted from KHON2 post by Elyssa Arevalo Lawmakers are looking for change, pointing to the death of “Peter Boy” Kema and a more recent case
Background check system failing at Indian schools
Background check system failing at Indian schools
Excerpted from an Argus Leader story by Jonathan Ellis The Bureau of Indian Education is failing to provide adequate criminal background checks on employees and
14 bad hiring practices
14 bad hiring practices
Excerpted from a Forbes article The hiring process is long, involved and expensive. There are a lot of different hoops to jump through, including creating
Don’t make these background screening mistakes
Don’t make these background screening mistakes
Does your company have a background screening process in place? Do you sometimes wonder if it’s as effective as it should be? Here at GroupOne
Canada – Background checks required for retail cannabis locations
Canada - Background checks required for retail cannabis locations
Excerpted from eckvilleecho.com, by Megan Roth The Alberta Government is preparing for the legalization of marijuana later this year by putting in place strict rules
Indiana case study – What goes into a teacher background check?
Indiana case study – What goes into a teacher background check?
Excerpted from Tristate Homepage article by Stuart Hammer The Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation has 3,400 employees and state law requires everyone to pass a background check.
Colorado – Future of employee drug testing
Colorado - Future of employee drug testing
Excerpted from Westword article by Michael Roberts Denver’s National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws branch is taking part in a lobbying day at
Texas court halts EEOC’s background check guidance
Texas court halts EEOC’s background check guidance
Excerpted from a Lexology post by Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP Why it matters The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) guidance on the use of
Georgia bill to require tougher long-term care worker background checks
Georgia bill to require tougher long-term care worker background checks
Excerpted from mcknightsseniorliving.com, by Lois A. Bowers More thorough background checks would be required of all Georgia assisted living community owners, workers with direct access
Colorado – City council agrees to national background checks for candidates
Colorado – City council agrees to national background checks for candidates
Excerpted from The Tribune story by Tyler Silvy The Greeley City Council on Tuesday directed city staff to conduct national background checks on city council
Wisc. – City looks to eliminate “Unconscious Bias” during hiring
Wisc. - City looks to eliminate
Excerpted from hngnews.com, by Jennifer Fetterly The City of Sun Prairie wants more people of color, different ethnic backgrounds and women to apply for city
Accommodating ‘Gender-Nonbinary’ individuals—neither men nor women
Accommodating ‘Gender-Nonbinary’ individuals—neither men nor women
Excerpted from an SHRM Blog by Allen Smith The number of people identifying as “gender-nonbinary”—meaning, as neither male nor female—is on the rise, shifting the
Georgia – Private school to begin drug testing students
Georgia – Private school to begin drug testing students
Excerpted from a Ledger-Enquirer story by Mark Rice A Columbus, Georgia private school has decided to start drug-testing its oldest students. Brookstone School announced Wednesday
Ohio – Companies reexamine drug screenings and background checks
Ohio – Companies reexamine drug screenings and background checks
Excerpted from The Republic article by Julie McClure One of the first hurdles a job applicant faces is a pre-employment drug test, a step that’s
What is a Background Check?
What is a Background Check?
Blog by Danny Davila, Executive Director of GroupOne Background Screening The term “background check” has increased its search quota in Google over the last couple
Six reasons to do a background check
Six reasons to do a background check
It is growing more and more common today for employers to conduct a background check on potential candidates before hiring. Simply put, background checks are
Settlement reached with Care.com over background checks
Settlement reached with Care.com over background checks
Excerpted from a WBUR story Waltham, Massachusetts-based Care.com will pay nearly $500,000 to settle allegations that it misled customers about its background check system. The
New Ban-The-Box laws take effect in June
New Ban-The-Box laws take effect in June
Excerpted from lexology.com post by Michael J. Ball and Michael C. Griffaton Currently, nine states, the District of Columbia, and 15 local jurisdictions have adopted
Six facts you may not know about background checks
Six facts you may not know about background checks
Having a clean record is always important. But these days, employment screenings are not just a matter of checking criminal history or even previous employers.
Do’s and don’ts for non-discriminatory tenant screening
Do’s and don’ts for non-discriminatory tenant screening
Excerpted from the AZBigMedia blog by Robbie Cronrod In October, a Massachusetts landlord who refused to rent apartments to pregnant women or families with minor
Does your state Ban the Box? What you need to know
Does your state Ban the Box? What you need to know
Excerpted from the HRDirect blog by Shanna Wall Across the nation, laws restricting employers from asking job candidates about criminal histories are on the rise.
White House hiring underscores need to check resumes for fraud
White House hiring underscores need to check resumes for fraud
Excerpted from an SHRM blog by Dana Wilkie When an employer as seemingly sophisticated as the White House can miss clues that someone has falsified
Austin law requires job seekers with criminal pasts to have a fair shot
Austin law requires job seekers with criminal pasts to have a fair shot
Excerpted from austinmonitor.com, by Audrey McGlinchy When Lauren Johnson started job hunting in the early 1990s, she walked from business to business, filling out applications
Hawaii – After recent crimes, homeschoolers may face background checks
Hawaii - After recent crimes, homeschoolers may face background checks
Excerpted from The Garland Island article by John Steinhorst The state Legislature is proposing background checks for families who homeschool their keiki. State Sen. Kaialii
10 reasons why drug screenings make sense
10 reasons why drug screenings make sense
Workplace drug testing can be a controversial issue with today’s workforce. Central to the controversy are assumptions as to what drug testing can and cannot
OSU faculty express opinions about new background checks
OSU faculty express opinions about new background checks
Excerpted from and OCOLLY.com post by Stetson Payne Oklahoma State University’s new faculty background checks have some professors fearing the checks will disenfranchise qualified applicants
Operator of self-driving Uber vehicle that killed pedestrian was felon
Operator of self-driving Uber vehicle that killed pedestrian was felon
Excerpted from and WSTP.com post by Bree Burkitt and Ryan Randazzo PHOENIX — The operator behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber vehicle that hit
SF sues HomeAdvisor for skipping background checks
SF sues HomeAdvisor for skipping background checks
Excerpted from Curbed San Francisco post by Adam Brinklow San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced Tuesday that his office is suing Colorado-based home services
Uber touts corporate policy to offer felons a second chance
Uber touts corporate policy to offer felons a second chance
Excerpted from an AZCentral story by Ryan Randazzo, Uriel J. Garcia and Bree Burkitt The operator behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber vehicle that
Separating fact from fiction: 3 background check myths
Separating fact from fiction: 3 background check myths
Excerpted from The Business Journals story by Ann Potratz The ins and outs of background checks are often a source of confusion for employers. Can
Bank moves to dismiss background screening class action
Bank moves to dismiss background screening class action
Excerpted from a Troutman Sanders post by Tim J. St. George & Meagan Mihalko On March 9, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. moved to dismiss
Best practices for Social Media background checks
Best practices for Social Media background checks
In a world with so much information online, it is only natural for employers to use such resources to their advantage. While a standard criminal
Former employees hit hotel group with FCRA class action
Former employees hit hotel group with FCRA class action
Excerpted from a Troutman Sanders blog by Scott Kelly and Timothy St. George On March 20, Naples Hotel Group LLC removed a putative Fair Credit
“Tell me a joke” and other oddball interview questions
“Tell me a joke” and other oddball interview questions
Excerpted from an SHRM Blog by Eva Del Rio Q: What do you think about offbeat interview questions such as “Tell me a joke” or
Are US companies abandoning pre-employment drug screenings?
Are US companies abandoning pre-employment drug screenings?
Excerpted from a THE FIX story by Paul Fuhr Some companies have been forced to change their stance on screenings in the wake of an
Three arrests at one elementary school alarm parents and raise safety questions
Three arrests at one elementary school alarm parents and raise safety questions
Excerpted from a Washington Post story by Donna St. George When a substitute teacher was accused last month of sexual misconduct, Jim Bartley and other
Tacoma mulls background checks for homeless shelters
Tacoma mulls background checks for homeless shelters
Excerpted from a KING5 news story by Jenna Hanchard The Tacoma City Council is deciding how to expand services for the homeless, while protecting volunteers
Maintaining a safe and compliant workforce
Maintaining a safe and compliant workforce
Blog by Danilio Davila, Executive Director, GroupOne Background Screening Most employers take a great deal of time on the accurate and thorough validation of a
Target to pay $3.7 Million in settlement over job-screening policies
Target to pay $3.7 Million in settlement over job-screening policies
Excerpted from The Wall Street Journal article by Maria Armental Target Corporation has agreed to pay more than $3.7 million and overhaul job-screening guidelines for
Research details barriers for citizens with criminal records
Research details barriers for citizens with criminal records
Excerpted from Center for American Progress post by Rachel West, Rebecca Vallas, Phil Hernandez, and Sharon Dietrich Between 70 million and 100 million Americans—1 in
GroupOne visiting TORCH Annual Conference in Dallas
GroupOne visiting TORCH Annual Conference in Dallas
GroupOne Background Screening representatives will be hosting a booth during the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals (TORCH) Annual Conference and Trade Show, April
Target agrees to review screening of job applicants amid claims of bias
Target agrees to review screening of job applicants amid claims of bias
Excerpted from The Philadelphia Inquirer story by Colin Moynihan Target agreed Thursday to revise guidelines for how it screens people seeking jobs at its stores,
Georgia expected to require more intensive background screening for long-term care workers
Georgia expected to require more intensive background screening for long-term care workers
Excerpted from Home Care Daily post by Valerie VanBooven Long-term care workers, whom could be defined as home care aides, home health care nurses, staff
Accommodating autism in the workplace
Accommodating autism in the workplace
Excerpted from an SHRM blog by Gene Hobbs Autism affects nearly 1 in 68 school aged children in the US (CDC, 2016). With this high
HR Nightmare: Hiring a temp without a background check
HR Nightmare: Hiring a temp without a background check
Excerpted from an CNBC blog by Ruth Umoh I was a senior HR manager at a foreign banking company. An employee came to my office
Signs you’ve made a “Bad Hire”
Signs you’ve made a “Bad Hire”
Making it through the hiring process can be exhausting. GroupOne Background Screening has been there and we get it. You found the right person with
GroupOne teams with PARA for healthcare analytics
GroupOne teams with PARA for healthcare analytics
GroupOne Background Screening and PARA HealthCare Analytics are pleased to announce a strategic partnership effective immediately. The teaming is expected to benefit GroupOne clients by
NAPBS releases results of national background screening survey
NAPBS releases results of national background screening survey
The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) commissioned HR.com to conduct an unprecedented national survey of 2,137 human resources professionals to gauge their views
Uber increases safety efforts with 911 connection
Uber increases safety efforts with 911 connection
Uber is increasing safety with new features that will assist passengers in possibly dangerous situations and a promise to vet its drivers more closely. Uber
U.S. Youth Soccer facing legal challenge over background checks
U.S. Youth Soccer facing legal challenge over background checks
Excerpted from the Orange County Register story by Scott M. Reid In 2005, U.S. Youth Soccer, the nation’s largest youth sports organization, conducted a survey
APSE pans new USA Wrestling background check policy for journalists
APSE pans new USA Wrestling background check policy for journalists
Excerpted from the Durango Herald story by Luke Meredith The Associated Press Sports Editors organization has recommended that its members refrain from covering USA Wrestling
GroupOne visiting OKHR Conference in Tulsa
GroupOne visiting OKHR Conference in Tulsa
GroupOne Background Screening representatives will be hosting a booth during the Oklahoma Human Resources State Conference and Expo, April 24-26 at the Hard Rock Hotel
U.S. Justice releases survey on criminal record repositories
U.S. Justice releases survey on criminal record repositories
Excerpted from brbpublications.com, by Michael Sankey Employers and state occupation licensing boards often depend on states’ criminal record repositories as primary resources when performing a
MA state under pressure to expand background checks
MA state under pressure to expand background checks
Excerpted from gloucestertimes.com story by Christian M. Wade Workers at summer camps, preschools and day care centers that get federal grants may soon need to
Drug Screening – what you use is detectable on your fingerprints
Drug Screening - what you use is detectable on your fingerprints
Excerpted from The Atlantic story by Rod McCullom A raft of sensitive new fingerprint-analysis techniques is proving to be a potentially powerful, and in some
Florida laws don’t stop private schools from hiring felons
Florida laws don't stop private schools from hiring felons
Excerpted from orlandosentinel.com, by Annie Martin and Leslie Postal Shanqual Marshall-Gunn, banned from teaching in Florida public schools because of a Medicaid fraud conviction, was
Background screening company defeats FCRA claim
Background screening company defeats FCRA claim
Excerpted from Lexology.com report A district court in Ohio dismissed a plaintiff’s claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.,
Seattle sued over law banning landlords from conducting criminal background checks
Seattle sued over law banning landlords from conducting criminal background checks
Excerpted from a Reason blog by Christina Britschgi In August 2017, Seattle made it illegal for landlords to decline potential tenants because of their criminal
Legislation protecting Tennessee children passes
Legislation protecting Tennessee children passes
Excerpted from cannoncourier.com blog Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) today applauded the passage of five bills that help protect Tennessee school children from educator
Frito-Lay to pay $2.4M to settle background check lawsuit
Frito-Lay to pay $2.4M to settle background check lawsuit
Excerpted from a Top Class Actions blog Frito-Lay Inc., a subsidiary of Pepsico Inc., has agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle a class action
Companies relax drug-testing policies in bid to attract more workers
Companies relax drug-testing policies in bid to attract more workers
Excerpted from a NBC News story by Martha C. White Near-full employment and changing attitudes about cannabis are prompting some companies to drop pre-employment drug
Ban the Box ordinances approved in North Carolina and Kansas
Ban the Box ordinances approved in North Carolina and Kansas
NORTH CAROLINA Excerpted from wect.com, by WECT Staff Wilmington City Council unanimously approved an ordinance in favor of fair hiring practices at its meeting Tuesday
Night club institutes criminal background checks on customers
Night club institutes criminal background checks on customers
Excerpted from a Journal Star post by Thomas Brunch A Downtown Peoria night club has instituted a new policy that will include running a one-time
Why compliance is so important in pre-employment background screening
Why compliance is so important in pre-employment background screening
Compliance is the name of the game in today’s pre-employment background screening process. Kansas and North Carolina’s recent enactment of laws last week governing the
Georgia enacts new background check legislation for long-term care providers
Georgia enacts new background check legislation for long-term care providers
Excerpted from a JPSUPRA post Georgia has enacted a new law implementing a comprehensive program of background checks for Georgia long-term care facilities. The “Georgia
HR and Mental Health
HR and Mental Health
Excerpted from an SHRM blog by John Hudson According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 adults in the US experiences mental
HR Surveys now available for purchase
HR Surveys now available for purchase
You don’t want to miss out on the 2018 GroupOne HR Surveys! Published May 1, they are now available for purchase. The surveys provide valuable
Decline in marijuana screening raises safety concerns
Decline in marijuana screening raises safety concerns
Excerpted from Business Insider article by Louise Esola Employers across the United States are ordering fewer tests for marijuana in pre-hire drug screens even as
Arizona – Are kids safe in team sports?
Arizona - Are kids safe in team sports?
Excerpted from azcentral.com by Rebekah L. Sanders and Alexis Egeland Foster parents, teachers and school volunteers are all required to pass criminal background checks under
Miss. – Employment a big obstacle for freed felons
Miss. - Employment a big obstacle for freed felons
Excerpted from cdispatch.com by Isabelle Altman David Duett’s job interview was going great. The Columbus native had been referred for the position by the business’
Seattle – Background checks for the homeless?
Seattle – Background checks for the homeless?
Excerpted from a KING5News story by Michael Crowe After a Seattle homeless man was arrested and charged with raping a woman in a Ballard car
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
Background check policy impacting Georgia’s “Meals on Wheels”
Background check policy impacting Georgia’s “Meals on Wheels”
Excerpted from an Albany Herald story by Jennifer Parks The SOWEGA Council on Aging’s recent announcement about the anticipated change to the Meals on Wheels
Research: Employers willing to overlook a criminal record
Research: Employers willing to overlook a criminal record
Excerpted from a SHRM blog by Kathy Gurchiek At a time when unemployment is at a 17-year low of 3.9 percent and 70 million Americans—or
Background checks for baby sitters hired online are not foolproof
Background checks for baby sitters hired online are not foolproof
Excerpted from a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story by David Templeton Using online services to hire a baby sitter, with options to pay for criminal background checks
Background check win for Kroger subsidiary
Background check win for Kroger subsidiary
Excerpted from a Hunton Andrews Kurth blog by Maddie Doucet Vicry and Robert T. Quackenboss A magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the
Impact of unconscious bias on diversity and inclusion
Impact of unconscious bias on diversity and inclusion
Excerpted from an SHRM blog by Anthony Paradiso I had the great privilege to present an unconscious bias presentation with Judy Elliott-Pugh. Judy and I
The reasons you might fail a background check
The reasons you might fail a background check
One of the top questions we receive at GroupOne Background Screening is why a potential employee failed their background check. While we cannot speak for
“Ban the Box” and workplace violence: Could it lead to costly liability?
“Ban the Box” and workplace violence: Could it lead to costly liability?
Many states and municipalities across the U.S. have enacted laws requiring the removal of criminal conviction history questions from job applications, otherwise known as the
Uber to run criminal checks for every driver every year
Uber to run criminal checks for every driver every year
Excerpted from a Digital Trends blog by Bruce Brown Starting soon, Uber says it will run criminal background and driver history checks every year for
Consumers will soon be able to freeze credit files
Consumers will soon be able to freeze credit files
Excerpted from a Columbus Dispatch story by Michelle Singletary Just recently, a new law torched some of the banking rules that were put in place
Are background checks for nursing home residents coming?
Are background checks for nursing home residents coming?
Excerpted from a JDSUPRA blog A recent two-week trial that ended with a $7.5 million payout from a Lancaster County nursing home to the estate
Most cryptocurrency exchanges lack sufficient background checks
Most cryptocurrency exchanges lack sufficient background checks
Excerpted from a Market Watch blog by Aaron Hankin Critics charge that cryptocurrency exchanges don’t gather enough background information on clients, leaving the trading venues
World’s first portable fingerprint drug test introduced to Italian market
World’s first portable fingerprint drug test introduced to Italian market
Excerpted from a Business Wire story The world’s first portable fingerprint-based drug test – which works by analysing sweat from a fingerprint to determine if
Resign or be fired? Usually, it’s best to resign
Resign or be fired? Usually, it’s best to resign
Excerpted from an SHRM blog by Eva Del Rio Q: A few years ago, I was asked to resign from my job. My boss said
Workforce drug positivity at highest rate in a decade
Workforce drug positivity at highest rate in a decade
Excerpted from an Quest Diagnostics post Driven by increases in cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, drug use by the American workforce remains at its highest rate
New bill raises employment privacy concerns
New bill raises employment privacy concerns
Excerpted from dailyillini.com post by Madalyn Velasaris Employers in Illinois may soon get notifications if a fingerprinted employee gets in trouble with the law anywhere
New Mexico school safety resolution to address background check requirements
New Mexico school safety resolution to address background check requirements
Excerpted from lcsun-news.com, by Algernon D’Ammassa The Las Cruces City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Monday calling on the New Mexico Legislature to strengthen
Criminal checks for game officials?
Criminal checks for game officials?
Excerpted from a Daily Record editorial Game officials in New Jersey will be subject to criminal background checks before being allowed to work any events
How do you run background checks on potential new employees?
How do you run background checks on potential new employees?
With the ever-increasing demand for background checks in today’s business world, new light has been shed on numerous regulations. These involve the ability of employers
With marijuana sales set to begin, employers grapple with drug tests
With marijuana sales set to begin, employers grapple with drug tests
Excerpted from a Boston Globe article by Katie Johnston For Massachusetts employers, marijuana is a potential minefield. The drug is about to become more widely
NAPBS survey reveals 95 percent of employers conduct background screening
NAPBS survey reveals 95 percent of employers conduct background screening
The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) released the results of its second annual background screening survey of Human Resources (HR) professionals this week
Pennsylvania becomes first state with ‘clean slate’ law
Pennsylvania becomes first state with ‘clean slate’ law
Excerpted from The Times story by J.D. Prose Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed a “clean slate” bill that seals nonviolent criminal records after a
Enforcement of New York’s “Ban the Box” law hits retailer
Enforcement of New York’s “Ban the Box” law hits retailer
Excerpted from The National Law Review story by Carly Baratt Yesterday, the New York Attorney General (“NYAG”) announced a settlement with national retailer Aldo Group
California’s 2018 Consumer Privacy Act brings country’s toughest protections
California’s 2018 Consumer Privacy Act brings country’s toughest protections
A comprehensive internet privacy and data breach protection bill introduced by California Senators Bill Dodd, D-Napa, Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys and Assemblymember Ed Chau, D-Monterey
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
GroupOne Background Screening’s flag is flying half-mast today as we learned the sad news of the passing of Doris Dennis on July 22. Doris was
NAPBS to pursue litigation against Arkansas District Court
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
Thousands of new background checks are big back-to-school issue
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
SF district attorney sues ‘Angie’s List’ over background checks claim
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
Can eating poppy seed bagels make you test positive for Opioids?
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
Lawsuit claims McDonald’s background checks violate FCRA
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
Eight arrested before LSU game due to background check policy
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
Blog by Danny Davila, Executive Director, GroupOne Background Screening The pressure to hire the best talent is always significant. At the same time, members of
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
What background checks should be performed on any potential new hire?
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
Southwest Key misses background check deadline, could lose license
Southwest Key misses background check deadline, could lose license
Excerpted from a FOX 10 Arizona news story PHOENIX (AP/KSAZ) — Arizona officials have moved to revoke the licenses for a nonprofit that houses immigrant
Importance of employee background screening for small business
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
Trend? California employers to face raft of new #MeToo laws
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
Ten ways employers can avoid getting “Ghosted” this Halloween…and beyond
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
PA – Lack of bus driver background checks closes schools
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
Is drug testing of employees required in “legal” states?
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
Asking employees about prescription medicine use
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
Stanford facing FCRA Class Action
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
#MeToo in healthcare: The time to act is now
#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
Lawmakers concerned by lowered background check requirements for Tornillo staff
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
Confusing background check disclosures can get an employer in FCRA hot water!
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
‘Ban the Box’ bill being considered in Colorado
‘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
Court certifies Walmart applicants in background check suit
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
Continuous background screening is good risk mitigation
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?
Companies rethinking alcohol in the workplace
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
KY – Background check law may receive revisions
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
A $6M misunderstanding? PA jury finds age and national origin discrimination
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
Complicating simplicity: Stand-alone documents required for background checks
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
Workplace violence is back in the headlines
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
So, you have a job candidate. Now what?
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
Court rules gossip constitutes sex-based harassment
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
Eight tips for writing great recruitment ads
Eight tips for writing great recruitment ads
Excerpted from an SHRM blog by Jenni Stone Need some tips for writing a great online job board advertisement? Before you begin writing your company’s
FL – Hemp regulation is coming: What business owners can do now
FL - Hemp regulation is coming: What business owners can do now
Excerpted from an Shumaker Loop & Kendrick blog by Erin Smith Aebel and Amy Maguire On December 12, 2018, President Trump signed the Farm Bill
EEOC pay data requirements on the horizon
EEOC pay data requirements on the horizon
If you have more than 100 employees at your company, recent developments will require you to report their pay data to the U.S. Equal Employment
OH – HR manager fired after 2018 criminal conviction revealed
OH - HR manager fired after 2018 criminal conviction revealed
Excerpted from a Cleveland.com blog by Courtney Astolfi and Adam Ferrise Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish’s administration fired a recently hired manager in the Human
When monitoring employees’ computer activity, don’t overreach
When monitoring employees' computer activity, don't overreach
Excerpted from a Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP blog by Robin Shea Know where your rights as an employer begin and end. A federal
What is today’s “hot topics” in background screening?
What is today’s “hot topics” in background screening?
Blog by Danilio Davila, Executive Director, GroupOne Background Screening I was recently asked to put together some “hot topics” to consider when evaluating the risks
On the road – GroupOne hosting booth at today’s Frisco Summit!
On the road – GroupOne hosting booth at today’s Frisco Summit!
GroupOne Background Screening is hanging in Frisco, Texas today during the Frisco HR Summit at the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. The four-hour summit will feature
Social media strategies for recruitment
Social media strategies for recruitment
Excerpted from SHRM Blog written by Jennie Stone A Jobvite’s recruiting survey found that 83 percent of respondents used or planned to use social networking
‘Ban the Box’ update to come from New Orleans officials
‘Ban the Box’ update to come from New Orleans officials
Excerpted from NOLA blog by Beau Evans, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune New Orleans officials are poised to give an update on implementation of a new
Lessons on Email Etiquette
Lessons on Email Etiquette
Excerpted from an SHRM Blog by Jenni Stone, PHR, SHRM-CP In most working environments, there are no hand-written rules surrounding proper email etiquette. Many of
On the road – GroupOne hosting booth at Arkansas Conference!
On the road – GroupOne hosting booth at Arkansas Conference!
GroupOne Background Screening will be traveling to Hot Springs, Arkansas for the SHRM HR Conference and Expo, April 3-5 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Working at Home: It’s not All Naps and Bunny Slippers!
Working at Home: It's not All Naps and Bunny Slippers!
Excerpted by SHRM Blog by Eva Del Rio, SPHR Q: I’ve always dreamed of being my own boss and working from home. But I’ve been
Uber should improve its background check system for drivers
Uber should improve its background check system for drivers
Excerpted by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette By Courtney Linder Michael Sorg, a part-time ride-hailing driver, recalls both of his background checks with Lyft and Uber just over
GroupOne participates in Arkansas hunger campaign
GroupOne participates in Arkansas hunger campaign
GroupOne Background Screening’s David Graves slipped on the hairnet and plastic gloves this morning to participate in the Fearless Food Fight, a campaign to fight
Digital addictions in the workplace
Digital addictions in the workplace
Excerpted from Lexology Blog By Fisher Phillips Cell phones. Video games. YouTube. TV. iPads. Kindles. Online Gaming. Netflix. Hulu. Amazon Prime. Stream, click, stream, repeat.
Age discrimination claims limited for job applicants
Age discrimination claims limited for job applicants
Excerpted from Lexology By Akerman LLP – Megan M. Kokontis A second federal appellate circuit has ruled that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (the
How is Corporate America doing with LGBT policies?
How is Corporate America doing with LGBT policies?
Excerpted from Lexology by Fisher Broyles LLP The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation gives us some indicator to answer this question. Last week, the HRC
Louisiana lawmaker aims to require background checks for all youth coaches
Louisiana lawmaker aims to require background checks for all youth coaches
Excerpted from WVUE by KNOE 8 News NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – A Louisiana lawmaker is hoping to push a bill through the state legislature to
On the road – GroupOne hosting booth at TORCH Conference!
On the road – GroupOne hosting booth at TORCH Conference!
GroupOne Background Screening is headed to downtown Dallas today for the The Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH) Annual Conference & Trade Show,
Few employers use rolling background checks
Few employers use rolling background checks
Excerpted from HR Dive By Valerie Bolden-Barrett Dive Brief: • While some employers choose to screen employees continuously, checking that nothing has changed since they
Are fear, assumptions and environment holding your employees back?
Are fear, assumptions and environment holding your employees back?
Excerpted from SHRM by Dr. Diane Hamilton When I was a kid, one of the biggest companies in the world was Kodak. It was such
Marijuana testing of applicants barred in groundbreaking measure
Marijuana testing of applicants barred in groundbreaking measure
Excerpted by NYTimes by Michael Gold The bill passed by the New York City Council was the latest in a series of steps to ease
On the Road – GroupOne hosting booth at CUPA-HR event
On the Road – GroupOne hosting booth at CUPA-HR event
GroupOne Background Screening is headed to the Pacific Northwest for the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Spring Conference, April 14-16 at
Background check leads to 1998 Delray Beach murder arrest
Background check leads to 1998 Delray Beach murder arrest
Excerpted from Fox News By Katherine Lam A Florida man scored a new job in January, but he ended up behind bars two months later
Trump administration seeks to expand criminal background checks for federal job seekers
Trump administration seeks to expand criminal background checks for federal job seekers
Excerpted from ABA Journal By Jason Tashea The Trump administration has proposed a rule that would require federal job applicants to divulge whether they’ve been
Lyft rolls out continuous background checks for drivers and enhanced identity verification
Lyft rolls out continuous background checks for drivers and enhanced identity verification
Excerpted from VentureBeat by Kyle Wiggers Lyft is beefing up its driver background check process with two new features it says are intended to “[improve]
School firing puts spotlight on background checks
School firing puts spotlight on background checks
Excerpted from The Gainesville Sun By Daniel Smithson and Sarah Nelson Alachua County Public Schools on Tuesday fired 34-year-old paraprofessional Chad Purdy, who in 2012
Illinois House rejects ‘ban-the-box’ law for college admissions
Illinois House rejects ‘ban-the-box’ law for college admissions
Excerpted from SJ-R By Peter Hancock The Illinois House on Friday rejected a bill that would have blocked public colleges and universities from asking about
Helping a good employee who hits a rough patch
Helping a good employee who hits a rough patch
Excerpted from THE SHRM Blog By Eva Del Rio, SPHR One of our employees, who has been a steady, solid performer the last two years,
Woman left blind dog with sitter, learned it died after falling two stories
Woman left blind dog with sitter, learned it died after falling two stories
Excerpted from WFMY News2 By CBS News Rover and Wag advertise “rigorous screening” and “background checks,” CBS News says. Wag and Rover nicknamed the “Uber
Walmart accused of racial discrimination by warehouse workers with records
Walmart accused of racial discrimination by warehouse workers with records
Excerpted from CBS News By Kate Gibson •After Walmart began operating a warehouse that an outside company had run, it did background checks on the
Ban the Box aims to remove criminal record questions
Ban the Box aims to remove criminal record questions
Excerpted from The Breeze By Mitchell Sasser JMU’s chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a national grassroots organization that recognizes the threat posed by
In the age of legal marijuana, many employers drop ‘zero tolerance’
In the age of legal marijuana, many employers drop ‘zero tolerance’
Excerptd from The Seattle Times By Margot Roosevelt When Rye Electric was founded in Orange County, California, five years ago, it screened all prospective workers
Starbucks prepares to settle lawsuits over background checks
Starbucks prepares to settle lawsuits over background checks
Excerpted from Law.com By Greg Land Two pending class action lawsuits accusing Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by using
Super charge talent acquisition by hiring those with criminal backgrounds
Super charge talent acquisition by hiring those with criminal backgrounds
Excerpted from SHRM Blog By Christina Melton Crain,Esq. There is no doubt that the success of a company is determined by those it employs; thereby
Cheating on employer-required drug tests on the rise in Arizona
Cheating on employer-required drug tests on the rise in Arizona
Excerpted from 3TV/CBS 5 By Morgan Loew The number of people caught cheating on employer-required drug tests rose by 40% from 2017 to 2018, according
Waste company settles EEOC claim that it refused to interview female driver
Waste company settles EEOC claim that it refused to interview female driver
Excerpted from HR Dive By Lisa Burden Dive Brief: • American Pride Waste Solutions, Inc., has agreed to pay $32,500 to settle a sex discrimination
The eyes (and privacy laws) of Texas are upon you…
The eyes (and privacy laws) of Texas are upon you…
Excerpted from JDSUPRA By Husch Blackwell LLP Consistent with the cliché that “everything’s bigger in Texas,” the Texas legislature has introduced not one, but two
Despite background check, jailer’s hiring in Harrison County a mystery
Despite background check, jailer's hiring in Harrison County a mystery
Excerpted from Longview News Journal By Jimmy Daniell Isaac Harrison County Sheriff’s Office officials say they stringently check employment backgrounds before hiring applicants, but what
Overdoses in California prisons up 113% with nearly 1,000 incidents
Overdoses in California prisons up 113% with nearly 1,000 incidents
Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle By Megan Cassidy Nearly 1,000 men and women in California prisons overdosed last year and required emergency medical attention in
Does your kid’s camp do background checks on counselors?
Does your kid's camp do background checks on counselors?
Excerpted from azcentral.com By Lauren Castle In Arizona, child-care centers and many day camps must do criminal background checks on staff. But there is no
On the road – GroupOne hosting booth at OKHR event
On the road – GroupOne hosting booth at OKHR event
GroupOne Background Screening is headed north to the Oklahoma Human Resources Council (OKHR) Annual Conference & Expo, May 8-10 at the Embassy Suites in Norman,
As the war for talent rages, businesses turn to Staffing Agencies
As the war for talent rages, businesses turn to Staffing Agencies
Excerpted from HR Technologist By Marco Piovesan Unemployment claims have fallen to their lowest level in fifty years. This has been driven in part by
Using social media in background checks can be risky for employers
Using social media in background checks can be risky for employers
Excerpted from The Oklahoman By Paula Burkes Can you tell us more about the increasing popularity to include social media in background checks? Full disclosure:
Woman arrested for bringing doctor-recommended CBD oil to Disney World
Woman arrested for bringing doctor-recommended CBD oil to Disney World
Excerpted from Mashable By Morgan Sung A family trip to Disney World came to a halt when a great-grandmother was arrested for carrying CBD oil,
Sex offender worked for Census Bureau; background checks called “inadequate”
Sex offender worked for Census Bureau; background checks called
Excerpted from Fox 46 By Matthew Grant A FOX 46 investigation has uncovered a reported flaw in the Census Bureau’s background check system. This comes
On the road – GroupOne hosting booths in Houston and Austin
On the road – GroupOne hosting booths in Houston and Austin
GroupOne Background Screening is headed to two separate locations today in the Lone Star State. First stop is Houston for the Gulf Coast Symposium on
New York City bans pre-employment marijuana tests
New York City bans pre-employment marijuana tests
Excerpted from a Seyfarth Shaw LLP blog by Jennifer L. Mora While it has been a challenge for employers to keep up with the explosion
Uber and Lyft’s driver background checks didn’t catch alleged war criminal
Uber and Lyft’s driver background checks didn’t catch alleged war criminal
Excerpted from The Daily Caller post by Evie Fordham An alleged Somali war criminal made it through Uber and Lyft’s background check systems, becoming a
Pilot accused of three murders had prior criminal record
Pilot accused of three murders had prior criminal record
Excerpted from CBS News By Kris Van Cleave The airline pilot accused in three Kentucky murders served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve for
Man charged with wrong-way driving has history of similar gaffes
Man charged with wrong-way driving has history of similar gaffes
Excerpted from KCRG By Josh Scheinblum The man police say drove the wrong way on Interstate 80 near West Branch has been charged in the
Fresno company allowed harassment of Hispanics, now they’ve settled
Fresno company allowed harassment of Hispanics, now they’ve settled
Excerpted from The Fresno Bee By Tim Sheehan Papé Material Handling has settled a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Hispanic employees at the company’s
How looser medical marijuana laws could bite NY in the bud
How looser medical marijuana laws could bite NY in the bud
Excerpted from Gothamist By Amina Srna As New York’s legislature struggles to reach a consensus on how to legalize recreational marijuana, some lawmakers are also
Seattle fair housing law most progressive in U.S., landlords fighting back
Seattle fair housing law most progressive in U.S., landlords fighting back
Excerpted from NBC News By Charlotte West Christopher Poulos was offered the chance to work for the Obama administration during his third year of law
Ignorance of the risks of social media background checks is ‘Widespread’.
Ignorance of the risks of social media background checks is ‘Widespread’.
Excerpted from The Global Recruiter By Newsdesk Background and identity services provider Sterling has called for greater awareness around the intricacies and potential risks behind
Job candidates have evolved in today’s marketplace
Job candidates have evolved in today’s marketplace
Blog by Danny Davila, Executive Director, GroupOne Background Screening The struggle continues as we try to build the ideal pipeline of qualified candidates for healthcare
The city of Kansas City, Missouri bans salary history inquiries
The city of Kansas City, Missouri bans salary history inquiries
Excerpted from Lexology By Stinson LLP Kansas City employers soon will be prohibited from asking job applicants about their salary history information, including prior compensation
HR Surveys now available for purchase!
HR Surveys now available for purchase!
You don’t want to miss out on the 2019 GroupOne HR Surveys! Published May 1, they are now available for purchase. The surveys provide valuable
TWC and Charter pay $99,500 in EEOC settlement
TWC and Charter pay $99,500 in EEOC settlement
Excerpted from The National Law Review By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Time Warner Cable, Inc. and Charter Communications, Inc. agreed to pay $99,500 and
Improve talent retention with this new approach
Improve talent retention with this new approach
Excerpted from SHRM Blog By Ginger Dunca, MA Do you have an intentional leadership development strategy? As Henry Ford once said, “The only thing worse
You can fly with medical marijuana: TSA updates its policy
You can fly with medical marijuana: TSA updates its policy
Excerpted from JD Supra, LLC by David Standa Over the Memorial Day weekend, the TSA updated its policy regarding cannabis. Specifically, the TSA updated the
Law requires background checks for court-appointed advocates
Law requires background checks for court-appointed advocates
Excerpted from The Ada News By Eric Swanson A new law requiring an additional background check for people who want to become advocates is a
Who will be allowed in Daytona homeless shelter?
Who will be allowed in Daytona homeless shelter?
Excerpted from The Daytona Beach News-Journal by Eileen Zaffiro-Kean Four months before First Step Shelter is slated to open, decisions about who can stay there
Should you be promoted every three years?
Should you be promoted every three years?
Excerpted from The SHRM Blog By Tim Sackett If you didn’t catch it this week, a job board executive came out with how often you
#MeToo Liability: Coverage issues for employers
#MeToo Liability: Coverage issues for employers
Excerpted from Lexology By Brandi L. Doniere and Kerri L. Keller The #MeToo movement began to spread on social media in 2017, fueled by the
City braces for protests ahead of ‘drag queen story time’
City braces for protests ahead of 'drag queen story time'
Excerptd from FOXSanAntonio By Jordan Bontke As the City of Leander is preparing for demonstrators for an upcoming drag queen story time event, the pastor
Bus driver arrested, suspected of DUI
Bus driver arrested, suspected of DUI
Excerpted from KPCW By Renai Bodley Miller The driver of a Park City bus is suspected of driving under the influence after the bus went
Will bankruptcies show up on a background check?
Will bankruptcies show up on a background check?
Here at GroupOne Background Screening, we receive daily questions on a number of issues, but one of the most common is if a background check
Three vessels to culture engagement
Three vessels to culture engagement
Excerpted from SHRM Blog By David Kovacovich We’ve been tackling culture within organizations since the turn of the century when the pendulum began to swing
Burning Man could start drug screenings at entrances, federal agency says
Burning Man could start drug screenings at entrances, federal agency says
Excerpted from The Sacramento Bee By Michael McGough For some of its participants, drug screenings at Burning Man would pretty much defeat the purpose of
Lawsuit: Schools breaking law by withholding drug test results
Lawsuit: Schools breaking law by withholding drug test results
Excerpted from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution By Marlon A. Walker A lawsuit was filed in Clayton County Superior Court on behalf of a longtime Clayton County
Nevada to make it illegal to refuse employment for marijuana
Nevada to make it illegal to refuse employment for marijuana
Excerpted from Inc. By Suzanne Lucas Nevada wasn’t the first state to approve recreational marijuana usage, but it is the first to make it illegal
Oakland County bans criminal history box on government applications
Oakland County bans criminal history box on government applications
Excerpted from The Oakland Press By Mark Cavitt Oakland County has “banned the box.” On June 12, the county board of commissioners approved a resolution,
Employers paid out $174M to resolve background-check lawsuits
Employers paid out $174M to resolve background-check lawsuits
Excerpted from HR Dive By Valerie Bolden-Barrett Dive Brief: • In the past decade, employers resolving class-action lawsuits over alleged background check violations paid out
Should you run a background check on freelancers?
Should you run a background check on freelancers?
Excerpted from BOSS Magazine By BOSS Editorial Team Not long ago, even the most minor hires held a lot of gravity. You would spend time
The state of renters’ rights in Minneapolis
The state of renters' rights in Minneapolis
Excerpted from Minnesota Daily By J.D. Duggan Amid the tight Minneapolis housing market, City Council members and state lawmakers seek to balance the power dynamic
Meals on Wheels volunteers must submit fingerprints for background checks
Meals on Wheels volunteers must submit fingerprints for background checks
Excerpted from Gainesville Times By Joshua Silavent When former Gov. Nathan Deal signed a law in May 2018 to require background checks for caregivers, it
I2Verify – Happy, productive and engaged employees
I2Verify - Happy, productive and engaged employees
Guest blog by GroupOne partner i2Verify As an HR professional, you are probably aware that 7 out of every 10 American workers are either disengaged
West Virginia to provide free college tuition if students pass drug test
West Virginia to provide free college tuition if students pass drug test
Excerpted from Pacific Standard By Kelley Czajka The program is the first in the country to introduce drug testing as an eligibility requirement. Beginning this
EEOC sues Valley Tool for disability discrimination
EEOC sues Valley Tool for disability discrimination
Excerpted from JD Supra by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Company Punished Employees for Complaining About Mistreatment, Federal Agency Charges OXFORD, Miss. – A
Macy’s accused of discrimination due to criminal history
Macy's accused of discrimination due to criminal history
Excerpted from HR Dive By Jennifer Carsen Macy’s Chief Diversity Officer, Shawn Outler, said in an emailed statement that the company’s policy is not to
Continuous background checks a growing safety trend
Continuous background checks a growing safety trend
With such high-profile incidents as an Uber Eats driver in Atlanta who allegedly shot and killed a customer in February, employers have increasingly been inspired
California becomes first state to ban Natural Hairstyle Discrimination
California becomes first state to ban Natural Hairstyle Discrimination
Excerpted from Lexology By Squire Patton Boggs On April 30, 2019, we reported that the California State Senate had taken steps toward enacting the CROWN
Did you know GroupOne provides Drug Screening?
Did you know GroupOne provides Drug Screening?
Drug testing – money in your company’s pocket A safe workplace is a happy workplace, with decreased absenteeism, improved production and minimal turnover. An effective
GroupOne – a “one-stop” shop for I-9 Solution and E-Verify
GroupOne - a “one-stop” shop for I-9 Solution and E-Verify
Check out the story below on U.S. controversy on the hiring of illegal workers. And don’t hesitate to contact GroupOne at [email protected] for your employment
Even Volunteers need to be checked – GroupOne Volunteer Screening
Even Volunteers need to be checked - GroupOne Volunteer Screening
Excerpted from KESQ News Channel 3 By Lauren Coronado Second man arrested in child abuse case was also a parent-volunteer at local charter school. News
Emojis – can they cause trouble in the workplace?
Emojis – can they cause trouble in the workplace?
The latest in HR news from GroupOne Background Screening! Excerpted from a Vinson & Elkins LLP blog by Jason A. Levine As emojis have morphed
Stay Compliant with GroupOne’s Sanction List Screening
Stay Compliant with GroupOne’s Sanction List Screening
Fraud-prone providers slipping into states’ Medicaid programs, OIG says Excepted from Becker Hospital Review By Morgan Haefner Some state aren’t properly screening Medicaid providers who
Improper background checks on job applicants cost employers millions
Improper background checks on job applicants cost employers millions
Excerpted from Benefits Pro By Katie Kuehner-Herbert Employers listen up: If you want to review a job candidate’s credit history, criminal records and other personal
Baker Bill aims to collect more data from Ride-Hailing companies
Baker Bill aims to collect more data from Ride-Hailing companies
Excerpted from WBUR Guide By Zeninjor Enwemeka The Baker administration wants to collect more data on ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft and impose strict
Report shows critical gaps in church background checks
Report shows critical gaps in church background checks
Excerpted from CBS46 by Mea Watkins LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (CBS46) – As sex offenders continue to dodge state registries, newly released data shows that critical
Why some Iowa companies are willing to hire former criminals
Why some Iowa companies are willing to hire former criminals
Excerpted from The Gazette by Thomas Friestad Travis Heckenberg did not own any tools when he first came to work for T&D Repair in Burlington
Texas school to drug test 7th graders: ‘Great kids make bad decisions’
Texas school to drug test 7th graders: 'Great kids make bad decisions'
Excerpted from Newsweek By Jason Murdock Students of a Texas school district must drug tests before they can take part in certain extracurricular activities—including football,
Criminal Research: Fact & Fiction
Criminal Research: Fact & Fiction
Blog by Danilio Davila, Executive Director, GroupOne Background Screening It’s important to understand the difference between fact and fiction. First, let’s agree there is not
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Guide
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Guide
Excerpted from an i2verify blog by Scott Forman The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, or PSLF, is an extraordinary program from Federal Student Aid, or
Startup’s nuanced background check helps ex-offenders get jobs
Startup's nuanced background check helps ex-offenders get jobs
Excerpted from a Forbes story by Anne Field The cards clearly are stacked against formerly imprisoned inmates once they try to re-enter the mainstream. Employers
Post-employment screening – have no regrets, run ReChecks!
Post-employment screening – have no regrets, run ReChecks!
Did you know 33 percent of employees admit to stealing money from employers and that 30 percent of business failures are directly related to employee
Everything HR needs to know about the EEOC
Everything HR needs to know about the EEOC
Excerpted from HR Dive By Katie Clarey Inside every bodega, wedding boutique, automobile factory, there hangs a poster proclaiming that “equal employment opportunity is the
Four ways your boss can access your private data
Four ways your boss can access your private data
Excerpted from Beta News By Michael Klazema Privacy is a currency these days. With social media, target advertising, and constant connectivity, it’s harder than ever
Church volunteer faces 10 new charges related to sexual abuse
Church volunteer faces 10 new charges related to sexual abuse
Excerpted from Live 5 News By Harve Jacobs A man accused of sexually abusing children at a North Charleston church where he volunteered was indicted
No background checks on men working with kids, city says
No background checks on men working with kids, city says
Excerpted from NJ Advance Media By Karen Yi The Newark employees charged for their alleged roles in a 12-person drug trafficking ring run out of
Clear your Volunteer – GroupOne’s volunteer screening w/FCRA coverage
Clear your Volunteer – GroupOne’s volunteer screening w/FCRA coverage
Do you “Clear your Volunteer?” Here at GroupOne Background Screening, we’ve been checking on volunteers of our clients for over 20 years. Volunteers are screened
Patients taking Cannabinol for sleep could fail drug tests
Patients taking Cannabinol for sleep could fail drug tests
Excerpted from Sleep Review Magazine A new study shows that a person taking the medicinal cannabis derivative cannabidiol (CBD) won’t fail a drug test for
Four areas of focus to boost your candidate efforts
Four areas of focus to boost your candidate efforts
Excerpted from The SHRM Blog By Rob Shepard Changing the way that you interact with candidates in your selection process is crucial to your organization’s
Dayton stops hiring smokers; union worries about ‘slippery slope’
Dayton stops hiring smokers; union worries about ‘slippery slope’
Excerpted from Dayton Daily News By Cornelius Frolik The city of Dayton no longer will hire employees who use nicotine or tobacco, citing the desire
New Jersey joins the salary history “Ban” wagon
New Jersey joins the salary history
Excerpted from Lexology By Duane Morris LLP On July 25, 2019, New Jersey enacted Assembly Bill 1094 (herein referred to as the “Salary History Ban
Powering organizational success through culture
Powering organizational success through culture
Excerpted from The SHRM Blog By Suzanne McAndrew And Lisa Connell As digitalization and the accompanying democratization of work disrupt traditional business models, organizations are
Legal marijuana, CBD oil pose new challenges for workplaces
Legal marijuana, CBD oil pose new challenges for workplaces
Excerpted from The Catalyst By Margie Manning The states that are legalizing medical and recreational marijuana use – a growing number – are shaking up
#Metoo legislation set to take effect in Illinois
#Metoo legislation set to take effect in Illinois
Excerpted from Lexology By Ryan Vann, Miriam Petrillo and Karun Ahuja Illinois is set to join the growing list of US states further protecting the
Pier 1 Imports Reaches Agreement with EEOC
Pier 1 Imports Reaches Agreement with EEOC
Excerpted from The National Law Review By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Company Resolves Failure-to-Hire Racial Discrimination Charge LOS ANGELES – Pier 1 Imports, an
It’s not rocket science – Let GroupOne help with Compliance!
It’s not rocket science – Let GroupOne help with Compliance!
Is your hospital compliant? With an expanding array of requirements, healthcare organizations must regularly screen physicians, nurses, non-medical employees, insurance program participants, pharmacists, contractors and
Mr. Roboto
Mr. Roboto
Excerpted from The SHRM Blog By John Baldino For the past few years, the topic of the future of work has continued to stir enthusiasm,
On the road – GroupOne hosting booth at West Texas HR event
On the road – GroupOne hosting booth at West Texas HR event
GroupOne Background Screening is headed west to the West Texas HR Symposium, August 22-23 at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center in Lubbock, Texas. The
Authenticating social media evidence at trial
Authenticating social media evidence at trial
Excerpted from Lexology By Christine Lozier and Michael C. Zogby Social media is ubiquitous in our cyber-connected world. For many, the first thing a person
Have no regrets, run ReChecks!
Have no regrets, run ReChecks!
Did you know 33% of employees admit to stealing a product or money from employers and that 30% of business failures are directly related to
A first: U.S. panel recommends screening adults for drug use
A first: U.S. panel recommends screening adults for drug use
Excerpted from STAT By Brittany Flaherty As new ways to identify and treat people who use opioids and other drugs emerge, an independent panel of
EEOC: Firing worker for treating opioid addiction is discrimination
EEOC: Firing worker for treating opioid addiction is discrimination
Excerpted from HR Dive By Lisa Burden Dive Insight: The “regarded as” element of the ADA’s definition of disability protects an individual from discrimination based
DPS worker issued 5,817 licenses without background checks
DPS worker issued 5,817 licenses without background checks
Excerpted from 13Whotv.com By Kelly Maricle A special investigation by the State Auditor’s Office has determined a former employee of the Iowa Department of Public
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 is already integrated with more than 70% of the applicant
Killer linked to cold-case through fingerprint background check
Killer linked to cold-case through fingerprint background check
Excerpted from Fox News By Robert Gearty A man linked eight months ago to a Florida 1998 cold case murder — when he applied for
Can background checks be conducted on current employees?
Can background checks be conducted on current employees?
Excerpted from JDSUPRA By Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A Most employers run background checks on prospective employees when hiring. Some employers have policies in place that
Uber adds 2nd background check for NYC drivers
Uber adds 2nd background check for NYC drivers
Excerpted from Patch By Noah Manskar Uber is double-checking its workforce. The ride-hailing giant is making its New York City drivers go through a second
YouTube to pay $150 Million to settle FTC allegations
YouTube to pay $150 Million to settle FTC allegations
Excerpted from Lexology By Dotan Hammer and Haim Ravia Most of the FTC’s panel of commissioners reportedly approved a settlement with YouTube who the FTC
GroupOne’s background screening – we verify the past to protect your future!
GroupOne’s background screening – we verify the past to protect your future!
Yes, we know. For a company named GroupOne Background Screening, you think it would be obvious as to what we offer – background screening. In
Board split on ‘ban the box’ asking about felonies on applications
Board split on 'ban the box' asking about felonies on applications
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!
At GroupOne Background Screening, we make reference checks easy! Did you know we provide both personal and professional reference checks as part of our background
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!
GroupOne’s drug testing is money in your company’s pocket. A safe workplace is a happy workplace, with decreased absenteeism, improved production and minimal turnover. An
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
GroupOne Background Screening is headed to the Gulf Coast for the Coastal Bend SHRM Conference and Labor Law Symposium, September 26-27 at the Radisson Inn
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”
Do you “Clear your Volunteer?” Here at GroupOne Background Screening, we’ve been checking on volunteers of our clients for over 20 years. Volunteers are screened
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
Recruitment and wage & hour law in the USA
Recruitment and wage & hour law in the USA
Excerpted from Lexology By Ogletree Deakins Recruitment Advertising What are the requirements relating to advertising positions? Generally, there is no standard procedure relating to advertising