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In light of the recent child pornography arrests across multiple states, Senator Charles Schumer of New York is calling for a more thorough screening of those inspaniduals who work with children. The recent child pornography case resulted in 70 arrests including inspaniduals who worked as a...

“Ban The Box” legislation prohibits employers from asking criminal history orally or on an initial employment application. Proponents believe that this provides a "second chance" for employment to those inspaniduals with a criminal record. The goal of this legislation is to defer criminal history inquiry until...

Background checks have become a standard practice when hiring within the corporate world. Universities and other higher learning institutions are initiating or enhancing the practice for faculty, staff and even students partly in light of the issues at Penn State involving former football coach, Jerry...

In the interest of child safety, school districts across the U.S. have required school all personnel to be fingerprinted. Massachusetts became the last state to mandate this type of investigation from all school districts when Governor Patrick signed H. 4307 on January 10,2013.Fingerprint information will...

As the population has aged, home health care has become a necessity. In 2012, approximately 3.5 million Americans received home health care services through Medicare. Services are also provided through private home care agencies and Medicaid.  Many states require some background screening in order to protect...

A new bill being introduced in Washington State (House Bill 2545), would prevent employers from inquiring about non-conviction records on initial employment applications except in cases where the inspanidual is working with children. In the interest of fairness, many States, including Massachusetts and Minnesota have...

Employers who are familiar with criminal background checks may have experienced some degree of confusion or frustration when researching their options. A popular assumption often made is that all background checks go through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that all criminal records are checked....

In 2010, the Government Accountability Office discovered hundreds of potential sex offenders working in schools throughout the United States. In response, the House of Representatives passed a bill in October 2013 (H.R. 2083) to adjust the hiring process and limit inconsistencies across the states.  ...