When employers are looking at job applicants for open positions, they generally conduct background checks before extending an offer of employment. A background check can include verification of identity, work history, and education; a check of criminal records; and in some cases a credit report. Why Some Employers Look at an Applicant’s Credit Report An…

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The school year will be over soon, and many parents rely on summer camps for child care while their kids are out of school. Safety is always a primary concern for parents when deciding who should care for their children. Many parents assume that everyone who works with kids is required to undergo a background…

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Many companies conduct background checks on job applicants before making offers of employment. The Federal Trade Commission enforces the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the federal law that governs employment-related background checks. The law explains what information can be obtained, how it can be used, and what protections job applicants have. An employer may ask for…

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According to federal law, a landlord may conduct a full background check on people who are interested in renting an apartment. The federal Fair Housing Act and state laws prohibit landlords from discriminating on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, and disability when conducting background checks. A landlord must use the same background check…

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Earlier this year, federal legislation was introduced that would impact how school bus drivers are hired. It all comes down to background checks. It’s called The Safety for the Schoolchildren Act. The legislation would instruct all states and school districts nationwide to obtain FBI background checks on all new job applicants, including potential school bus…

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A new background check system implemented in Massachusetts is prompting plenty of questions. The new standard for schools in Wareham, Massachusetts asks that schools adopt a new background check policy for certain individuals who interact with schools in various capacities. These means people who are not teachers but still have contact with the school. This…

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Background checks may soon be part of the college application process and college life in general in one state. There’s a bill before the West Virginia legislature that would give West Virginia colleges and universities the power to conduct criminal background checks on both current and prospective students. The proposal before the legislature would allow…

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Early in July, Penn State announced changes to its background check policy. In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky verdict, their new policy, which combines three previous measures and is more comprehensive and pervasive, went into effect on July 5, and now staff and students are being notified of the changes. The background check policy,…

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Perhaps, as a response to the recent verdict in the Jerry Sandusky case, Penn State decided to change its background check policy. Going into effect on July 5, the new guidelines cover a broader swath of staff, are far more comprehensive, and combine the past three policies. The new criminal background checks, known to the…

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Roughly over a month ago, the EEOC revised and clarified its recommendations and standards for background checks. Yet, as NPR pointed out this week, even the new standards don’t pose enough limits on employers. The potential results are companies delving too far into a search, potential employees being excluded from too many opportunities, and criminal…

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