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US Information Search -A class-action lawsuit filed in Virginia federal court against discount retail chain Dollar General for alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) will be settled for $4 million. What Employers Must Learn From This Settlement: As an employer, Dollar General had...

Some states allow an individual to petition to be removed from a sex offender list. Fortunately, states are creating laws to protect children by strictly regulating day care center licensing. For example, in 2008, the Virginia General Assembly made it difficult for both non-violent and violent sex offenders...

Criminal Background Check Guidelines Criminal Background checks are widely used across the nation. Within the last two years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has outlined rules and provided guidance that is intended to prevent employers from discriminating potential hires on the basis of race or...

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...

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. Thorough Background...

Social media provides a method for sharing personal information such as photos and opinions with friends. When personal posts are public, they may be viewed by potential employers during the hiring process.   New digital-privacy laws are currently in effect in approximately 14 states in the...

As the use of background checks become a standard practice during the hiring process, the Equal Employment opportunity Commission (EEOC) has created guidelines for employers use of arrest and conviction records in order to prevent discrimination. New York leads the US in legal protections for people...