2020

Oct 04, 2020
Delays in county criminal records searches is nothing new. Checking county courthouse records requires accessing each county’s records through the

Sep 12, 2020
There is a myth about fingerprints, that they are the magic elixir for obtaining criminal records. In fact, certain positions particularly those that involve vulnerable populations, such as children, the disabled, and the elderly, sometimes require by statute

Aug 10, 2020
Social Media Screening has not been part of a traditional background check. This was due to compliance requirements of laws such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), among other laws as well. Fortunately, companies can now obtain compliant social media screening from a select number of reliable background screening companies that are also

Jul 17, 2020
The three-year anniversary of the most sweeping changes to credit reports in decades just occurred (July 1, 2017 - 2020). Yet, I continue to be amazed at the myriad of people who are in industries that use credit reports but are

Jun 10, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting devastating economic impact it has had on the U.S. (and global) economies, resulted in many employers having to furlough employees. The nation sheltered in place in an attempt to curtail

May 10, 2020
Consumer credit reports are typically available only with consumer consent and for a permissible business purpose. One notable exception permitted under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) – is when a valid court order has been issued, requesting the consumer’s credit file. Law firms and attorneys often need these types of

Apr 06, 2020
As a nation we are all adjusting to a new normal because of the COVID-19 national emergency. The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) was passed by Congress and signed by the President last week. It was enacted to

Mar 01, 2020
On February 25, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released its final joint employer rule that favorably defines joint employer conditions, so that entities such as franchisees and their franchisor will generally not be considered to be joint employers going forward. This NLRB ruling follows the Department of Labor similarly

Feb 17, 2020
Every year about three hundred new franchise brands are launched in the United States alone. The franchisee applicant pays the franchisor a franchise fee, and must also have sufficient liquidity and net worth, in order to

Jan 14, 2020
On Sunday, January 12, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule that defines joint employment situations in a manner, so that entities such as franchisees and their franchisor will likely not be considered to be joint employers going forward. The ruling utilizes a four-factor test that analyzes

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