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Keep up with the latest HR compliance & legal issues

Why ClearChecks?

by Charlie Cafazza When my co-founder and I came together in the first days of 2017, our mission was pretty simple: to change the background screening industry forever by providing the most advanced cloud-based tool for customers, big and small, who require on-demand, Fair Credit Reporting Act compliant, paperless screenings, at a competitive price. We […]

New Florida E-Verify Requirements are in Effect for 2021

By Jorge Lopez and Elizabeth Whiting on January 11, 2021 Last summer the state of Florida enacted a new law requiring public and private employers to comply with new state E-Verify requirements starting January 1, 2021.1 E-Verify is the Internet-based system operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration that allows participating employers to […]

Montgomery County, MD Amends Ban-the-Box Legislation

By Steven Kaplan and Rosa Trembour on November 24, 2020 On November 20, 2020, the Montgomery County, Maryland Council approved amendments to its 2014 “ban-the-box” legislation.  The original legislation (Bill 36-14) prohibited employers with 15 or more full-time employees in Montgomery County from conducting a criminal background check of a job applicant, or otherwise inquiring about […]

New York City Expands Scope of its Ban-the-Box Law

By Stephen A. Fuchs on December 16, 2020 On December 10, 2020, the New York City Council passed bill Int. 1314-A, which significantly expands the scope of New York City’s “ban-the-box” law, the New York City Fair Chance Act (FCA). The bill would impose significant restrictions on an employer’s ability to take adverse action against a job […]

ClearChecks Services Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 16, 2020 Given these uncertain times, we want to update our customers on status of our business and background verification services. COVID-19 is causing large disruptions in the workplace, remote work, and challenges for HR and small business owners everywhere. Every department at ClearChecks is fully operational and ready to provide you with support […]

Now What? Practical Tips for Navigating California Post-A.B. 5

By Jim Paretti, Michael J. Lotito, Bruce Sarchet, and Patrick C. Stokes on September 18, 2019 On September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law sweeping legislation—Assembly Bill 5 (A.B. 5)—that will dramatically reshape the contours of California’s workforce and economy, and potentially reclassify two million independent contractors—roughly 10% of the state’s workforce—as “employees” for […]

Colorado Limits Inquiries About Applicants’ Criminal History

By Zoe Argento, Philip Gordon, and Adrienne Scheffey on June 12, 2019 Colorado has joined the ban-the-box legislative trend.  Ban-the-box laws prohibit employers from asking applicants about criminal history on the employment application, thereby banning the once-common checkbox for applicants to disclose their ex-convict status.  These laws also generally impose other restrictions on the collection and […]

About the Fair Credit Reporting Act or the “FCRA”

As an employer, you should be aware of the law called the Fair Credit Reporting Act or commonly referred to as the “FCRA”. The Fair Credit Reporting Act was enacted to promote the accuracy, fairness and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies. Conditions exist for furnishing and using consumer […]