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RELIABLE BACKGROUND SCREENING INDUSTRY NEWS AND ARTICLES

Industry news, helpful tips, and valuable insight from the Reliable Background Screening Team.

Changing Marijuana Laws Are Impacting Employers

Marijuana continues to be illegal under federal law, as it is considered a Schedule I Drug ‒ the most stringently banned category of drugs ‒ under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.  However, 18 states plus the District of Columbia have thus far legalized marijuana for recreational use, while a total of 36 states have legalized it for medical purposes. It is not surprising that the federal government does not actively pursue criminal convictions for marijuana use, which is also known as cannabis.  According to a research study from April 2021 by a highly respected market research company, 91% of [...]

October 18, 2021|

The Importance of County Background Searches

Many employers assume that their pre-employment background checks include all criminal records associated with the applicant in question, but did you know that no criminal database exists that covers the entire country. Even the “FBI files” only have about fifty percent of all crimes in the country. Further, the original source of all crimes is typically the county courthouse criminal record. Of most importance, the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) requires that any record found in a criminal database be verified by the original source, i.e., a county criminal records search, before any adverse action can be taken. While certain [...]

September 20, 2021|

The Impact of Removing D.O.B. from Public Records

REMOVING DATE OF BIRTH IMPERILS CRIMINAL RECORDS SEARCHES Did you know that certain states and counties are considering removing or redacting dates of birth (DOB) from public court records, which will make it nearly impossible to verify an individual’s criminal history? This is because criminal records typically have no social security numbers (SSN) attached to them. Without a date of birth as an additional identifier, it becomes extremely problematic to verify whether a particular criminal record, with a name match only, is your applicant's. This is placing companies and organizations at significantly greater risk. In Michigan, for example, a 2019 [...]

August 23, 2021|

Adverse Action Notices Become More Complex with Employee Screening

Adverse Action Notices Become More Complex with Employee Screening Adverse Action | An FCRA Requirement The FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act – the federal law that governs background checks) requires Adverse Action Notices for all types of background checks – whether it is tenant screening, volunteer screening, country club membership screening, franchisee screening or employee screening background checks.  However, the FCRA places its most onerous regulations upon employee screening, both with its initial disclosure and authorization requirements, as well as with its Adverse Action Notices rules. What is Adverse Action? Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Adverse Action is defined [...]

July 20, 2021|

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