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Rhode Island Bill Expands Background Checks for Third-party School Employees

Scott Sanford worked closely enough with East Greenwich schoolchildren to give them treats on the school bus. But the friendly bus monitor was not a “school employee.” This meant he was not legally required to pass a national criminal background check before he started working with East Greenwich schoolchildren, including the son of a state […]


State Bill Would Regulate Health Care Navigators

Arizona has joined several other states considering measures that would require extra licensing and background checks for health exchange navigators who help people buy coverage. The state House approved a bill that would require navigators to get a license through the state Department of Insurance and to pass a criminal background check. Proponents say the […]


New Georgia Law Limits Employer Liability for Hiring Workers with Criminal Background

A new law in Georgia protects employers from negligent hiring and retention claims by creating a presumption of “due care” for hiring and employing individuals with criminal backgrounds who have received a “Program and Treatment Completion Certificate” from the Department of Corrections or a grant of pardon from the State Board of Pardons and Parole. […]


Senate Bill Targets Credit Furnisher Responsibilities Under FCRA

The Stop Errors in Credit Use and Reporting (SECURE) Act of 2014( S.2224,) was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to place new requirements on both credit reporting agencies and companies that furnish information to those agencies. The SECURE Act would direct the CFPB to establish […]


Colorado High Court to Rule on Rocky Mountain High

The issue of medical marijuana continues to make news in Colorado. Earlier this year, the Colorado Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of the 2013 Colorado Court of Appeals ruling in Coats v. Dish Network, which analyzed the relationship between Colorado’s medical marijuana law and Colorado’s Lawful Activities Statute. The Lawful Activities Statute prohibits […]


“I Did It…But Don’t Tell!” Rejected Job Applicant Says Background Report Should Have Excluded his Admission of Fraud against Former Employer

Tsang, a plaintiff, sued the operator of the Esteem criminal background database-LexisNexis and First Advantage-alleging that they gave prohibited information to potential employers, which ultimately barred him from getting a job. Tsang v. LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Inc. , No. CV-14-0493 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 31, 2014). Tsang explains in his complaint that his former employer investigated […]


Bill to Drug Test Pharma Employees Filed in U.S. House of Representatives

A bill introduced February 18, 2014 in the U.S. House of Representatives would require registered manufacturers and distributors of controlled substances identified under the Controlled Substances Act to perform criminal background checks and drug testing for employees with access to controlled substances. The measure, “Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2013” (H.R. […]


Child Care Workers Must Complete Criminal Background Checks Under Senate Bill

The Senate has voted 96-2 to reauthorize a $5 billion annual grant program that provides childcare for 1.6 million children. It includes a new requirement that all providers who care for children with federal funding complete criminal background checks and learn first aid. The bill includes amendments added by Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La. and David […]


Bill Mandates Background, Credit Checks for Health Site Navigators in Kansas

A bill requiring background and credit checks for the navigators who help people sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act won initial approval in the Kansas Senate. Republican supporters say Senate Bill 362 would ensure that consumers can trust the people with whom they are share sensitive health information. But Democrats say […]


Rhode Island Bill Expands Background Checks for Third-party School Employees

Scott Sanford worked closely enough with East Greenwich schoolchildren to give them treats on the school bus. But the friendly bus monitor was not a “school employee.” This meant he was not legally required to pass a national criminal background check before he started working with East Greenwich schoolchildren, including the son of a state […]




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