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Background Checks

- A bill ( H.R. 1331) introduced by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) would allow employers in the security and alarm monitoring business access to federal databases to conduct background checks on employees. Because state background screening requirements vary, employers would be able to conduct a federal criminal background check to ensure that employees have not been convicted of a felony within the previous 10 years. After completing a successful check, the employee would be given a federal ID card good for one year that could be used in any state. Under the bill, an employee would be allowed to dispute the findings and correct false information.

Millennials Could Dictate the Future of Employment Screening

- As the reins change hands from Generation X to Millennials over the next 20 years, the work force will be replaced by tech savvy security managers looking for fast, convenient, and portable solutions to employee background checks, says a background screening executive.

The Matrix Quandary

- Companies get into trouble when the rules they develop for their hiring-decision matrix are not well-conceived or legally defensible.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Background Checks

- A bill (H.R. 321) introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) would make it illegal for employers to use the credit history of an applicant or employee in employment decisions. The prohibition stands even if the applicant or employee gives authorization for the use of credit information.

Elsewhere in the Courts: Background Checks

- A decision by a federal appeals court clarifies that a private employer may consider an applicant’s bankruptcy filings in hiring decisions. The plaintiff, who was not hired for a job because he had filed for bankruptcy seven years earlier, sued his prospective employers, claiming they had violated a federal law that prohibits the government from making hiring decisions based on bankruptcy status. The court noted that the private sector is not bound by the law.

State Legislation: Virginia: Background Checks

- A new law (formerly H.B. 690) in Virginia will require those who work with public transit services undergo a criminal background check. The law applies to employees hired directly by the government as well as those working through an independent contractor.

Unification: Not Just a Theory

- One global company was able to reduce costs and provide better service by replacing local suppliers with a single strategic security partner.

Morning Security Brief: Workplace Discrimination, Military Suicides, Privacy, and More

- School board group urges Supreme Court not to hold employers liable for good faith firing where discrimination turns out to have existed. The National Guard grapples with suicides and seeks to increase mental resiliency of troops. Google sets up independent fund to promote privacy education as a part of a lawsuit settlement. And more.

EEOC Holds Hearing on Credit Checks and Employment

- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a hearing to explore the use of credit checks in preemployment screening programs. The EEOC is investigating the issue to determine whether credit checks are creating an obstacle to employment in a poor economy, especially for minority applicants.

Median Compensation Up 6 percent for Security Professionals in 2010

- After dipping slightly in 2009, wages for security professionals are on the rise again, with median compensation for 2010 reaching $93,000, a 6 percent increase, according to the ASIS U.S. Security Salary Survey Results, 2010 . Respondents who had a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification earned a median $118,000 in 2010.

Inspector General Report Lists Crimes Committed by DHS Employees

- Drug and illegal alien smuggling. Bribes. Kickbacks. Possession of child pornography. Attempted child sex abuse. These are just some of the crimes employees of the Department of Homeland Security were convicted of in fiscal year 2009, according to an internal report released today.

Background Screening

- The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a background screening case in which 28 employees of the California Institute of Technology, under contract to do work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), have claimed that the government’s screening policy is too intrusive. The policy was implemented in 2004 under a government homeland security directive.

Lawmakers Hold Hearing on the Use of Credit Checks in Hiring Decisions

- Lawmakers on a House Financial Services' subcommittee last week examined amending the Fair Credit Reporting Act to prohibit a current or prospective employer from using credit reports to make employment decisions such as hiring, firing, or promotion.
 




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