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As we look back on 2013

As we look back on 2013 for the impactful events that affected our background screening industry, we see that improvement has been made.

E Verify – NC like so many states in the U.S. have made it a law for employers with 25 or more employees (Or government contractors)  to register through the E Verify Process at the time of hire –

 

The N.C. General Assembly recently passed E-Verify legislation that will become effective as follows:

Effective Oct. 1, 2012—employers with 500 or more employees will be required to use E-Verify to check work authorization for all new hires.

Effective Jan. 1, 2013—employers with 100 or more employees will be required to use E-Verify to check work authorization for all new hires.

Effective July 1, 2013—employers with 25 or more employees will be required to use E-Verify to check work authorization for all new hires.

 

E-Verify is a free and easy web-based service that lets participating employers quickly verify the eligibility of their new employees to work in the United States utilizing the SSA and DHS.

 

EEOC – Feds lose another case against employers using credit, criminal reports to screen applicants in the case against Dollar General and BMW.  The case brought by the EEOC was dismissed clearing the way for now to allow employers to continue screening their employees through criminal records. August 17, 2013

Ban the Box – All over the country, towns, cities and even states have begun a move towards policies that “ban the box” and forbid employers from asking individuals about previous criminal convictions.

 

Screening Contractors –  The shooting in the Federal Naval Yard in Washington left everyone wondering how it could have happened that this unstable contracted employee with criminal records was not discovered. It was an example of just how continuous screening of employees and contractors including temporary workers could prevent workplace violence.

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