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Staffing Firm Settles Lawsuit Filed by Amazon Applicant

Integrity Staffing Solutions (ISS) has settled a discrimination lawsuit brought by an African-American man convicted of manslaughter almost 30 years ago, after ISS denied him a job at Amazon.com because of his criminal record. ISS was accused of violating the federal Civil Rights Act. Jennifer Clarke, Executive Director of the Public Interest Law Center of […]


Judge Blocks Springfield’s New E-Verify Law

A federal judge has blocked the city of Springfield from enforcing a voter-approved law requiring businesses to check employees’ immigration status using the federal E-Verify system. U.S. District Judge Richard Dorr issued a preliminary injunction on the so-called E-Verify ordinance. The ruling came about after three companies and a Springfield businessman filed suit alleging the […]


Pepsi Settles EEOC Charges of Racial Bias in Screenings for $3M

Pepsi Beverages, formerly known as Pepsi Bottling Group, has agreed to pay $3.1 million, develop a new background check policy and provide job offers and training to resolve a race discrimination charge filed against them for violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. An investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) […]


Background Checks for School Bus Drivers Signed into Law

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill into law that mandated background checks for Iowa school bus drivers that was championed by an Osage, Iowa woman’s concern for child safety. Kim Koenigs of Osage worked and advocated for the bill, taking her concerns about the lack of checks to the Iowa Department of Education. Education […]


New Requirements for NJ Employers and for Employers Conducting Business in Newark

New Jersey has introduced a new requirement for employers with 50 or more employees in New Jersey to post and distribute to employees a notice that State and federal law provides for gender pay equity and prohibits wage discrimination based on gender. The law goes into effect in November. Effective November 18, 2012, the City […]


Federal Trade Commission Privacy Report Recommends Legislation to Regulate Data Brokers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s chief privacy policy and enforcement agency, recently issued a final report – “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: Recommendations For Businesses and Policymakers’- urging businesses to adopt best practices to protect the privacy of American consumers and containing important recommendations regarding data brokers, giving consumers […]


U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case About State Drivers License Agencies Selling Personal Info

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case in which a driver’s license agency sold information about drivers such as home address, name and age. Several states including Florida have been selling DMV records, either under the cloak of freedom of information or to help support the state’s falling revenues. While on the […]


Proposed Law Would Expand FBI Background Checks of Private Security Officers

A bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives would allow employers to use authorized third-party screeners to conduct FBI background checks on private security officers when such checks are not available from the employer’s state. The bill–H.R. 4112, the Private Security Officer Screening Improvement Act–would amend the Private Security Officer Employment Authorization Act. Jeff […]


The EEOC is Ordered to Show What’s Behind the Agency’s Curtain in Background Checking Suit

Recently, in EEOC v. Freeman, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland halted EEOC’s efforts to avoid depositions of its officials to inquire about their use of criminal background checks and credit histories in the EEOC’s own hiring practices. In this case, the EEOC brought suit against Defendant alleging an on going, nationwide […]


Watching the Private Eye: A Bill to Regulate Private Investigators

HB80, a bill regulating the licensing, education and requirements to be a private investigator, has passed out of the House Governmental Affairs Committee and will now go before the full House for approval. The bill will require private investigators in the sate of Alabama to be licensed, tested and approved by a board that the […]




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