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Fingerprint Identification Technology

Fingerprint technology, used by law enforcement agencies for years, uses fingerprints to uniquely identify individuals. Advances in recognition software have led to the use by private entities in customer authentication and some employers now are using fingerprint recognition technology to increase the accuracy and efficiency of employee timekeeping systems. Although there is no federal statute ...

Biometric Privacy Case Before Illinois Supreme Court Could Open Litigation Floodgates

Since 2016, more than 100 class action lawsuits have been filed by employees under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) and on Nov. 20, 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that carries significant implications for employers in the state. Over the next few months, the courts will address the ...

Artificial Intelligence Can Now Fake Fingerprints and Fool Biometric Sensors

A team of researchers from the New York University has discovered that Artificial Intelligence can create fake fingerprints that can be used for authentication on devices like smartphones and tablets. The new Neural Network, called “DeepMasterPrints” could imitate fingerprints with an error rate of one out of a thousand. Although full fingerprints are unique, the ...

Maine to Modernize Fingerprinting, Criminal History Records with Federal Grant

Thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP), the fingerprinting system in Maine will be updated to enhance the criminal justice and record systems nationwide. The funding, among other things, will support an automated fingerprinting identification system (AFIS) that will be shared by Maine, New ...

When Are Section 19 Applications Required?

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in November issued modifications to its Statement of Policy (SOP) for applications made under Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDIC). Section 19 prohibits a person convicted of any criminal offense involving dishonesty, breach of trust, money laundering, or who has entered into a pretrial diversion or ...

San Francisco’s Amended Fair Chance Ordinance Takes Effect with Updated Notice Requirements

On the 1st of October, Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) amendments made changes to the way it regulates employers’ use of applicants’ and employees’ arrest and conviction information. These changes include the restriction from asking about, requiring disclosure of and using an applicant’s or employee’s arrest and conviction information until after the employer makes a conditional ...

How Ban the Box Has Helped and Hurt the Job Prospects of People with Criminal Records

The more than 70 million men and women with criminal records in the United States often face challenges in finding employment. The Ban the Box (BTB) movement aims to address this problem by removing the need to report a criminal past on an application before even getting a chance to secure an interview. Some studies, ...

Citizens Group Calls for Temple Terrace Mayor to Resign Over Diploma Mill Ph.D.

Temple Terrace mayor Mel Jurado was asked to resign at an October City Council meeting after questions were raised regarding two college degrees. A Tampa Bay Times investigation report published that month said that the mayor received her doctorate from unaccredited La Salle University in Mandeville, La., a diploma mill that was shut down by ...

Background Checks What Employers Need to Know

When making personnel decisions - including hiring, retention, promotion, and reassignment - employers sometimes want to consider the backgrounds of applicants and employees. For example, some employers might try to find out about the person's work history, education, criminal record, financial history, medical history, or use of social media. Except for certain restrictions related to ...

The 5 Hottest Human Resources Questions About Cannabis

The holidays bring lots of holiday joy – and someholiday headaches for human resources professionals and employers. And this year's legalization of recreational cannabis use is fuelling lots of HR questions. The hottest one of the season: do employers that offer alcohol at holiday work parties also have to offer cannabis? Here's the answer to that question and to four ...