Press & Media Articles

The National Criminal Database Search – What Does It Really Get You?

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners offers an accreditation program for Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) located in the United States. Governed by a strict and thorough set of professional standards of specified requirements and measurements, the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) has become a widely recognized seal of approval bringing national recognition to an employment background screening-affiliated organization for its commitment to achieving excellence through high professional standards with accountability that results in continued institutional improvement.

New Mexico Joins the Nationwide Movement to "Ban the Box"

On April 3, 2019, New Mexico expanded the state’s “Ban the Box” law to include private employers. “Ban the Box” is a nationwide effort to eliminate the checkbox on employment applications inquiring into applicants’ criminal history. Over the last few years, thirty-four states have joined the movement to “Ban the Box.”

Texas's Challenge to EEOC Guidance on Background Checks Continues

A federal appellate court recently heard oral arguments in a case challenging the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC's) guidelines limiting the use of criminal background checks in employment decisions.

NY Passes Fingerprint Bill Requiring Background Checks on School Employees

The New York State Senate passed Senate Bill S3335, or the Fingerprint Bill, which requires all religious and private schools in New York to run fingerprints and a background check on potential employees. 

Ban the Box and Statistical Discrimination

With 25 percent of the world’s prison population, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. Over 600,000 people are released from American prisons each year and, sadly, about two-thirds of them will be rearrested within three years. Creating opportunities for people released from prison to reintegrate into society has rightly become a key focus of criminal justice reformers.

New Duluth School District Policy to Require Prelim Background Checks Before Start Date

The Duluth School Board discussed changes to the district's background check policy Tuesday, which would allow new hires to start work after a more expansive preliminary background check.

The California Consumer Privacy Act Part II

While the primary focus of this article is on "businesses" (as discussed below) that are responsible for collecting personal information (and who bear the brunt of the CCPA’s obligations), it is important for those entities that are service providers or recipients of data from businesses to understand how the CCPA impacts their customers and counterparties, and why new obligations are being imposed on them.