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Philadelphia Revises Background Check Law

  Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards (FCRSS) became effective in 2016.  The ordinance bans all employers in the city from inquiring into a candidate’s criminal history and requesting a criminal background check until a conditional offer of employment is made. Employers cannot reject a candidate based on a criminal record unless the conviction “bears such relationship […]

Recent Changes to N.Y. Fair Chance Act

  In 2019, The Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act was enacted as part of the federal “ban the box” policy. According to the National Employment Law Project (Nelp), one in three adults have a criminal record. With the law in effect, 700,000 new applicants with records are estimated to have a fairer chance […]

Compliance Alert for Illinois Employers

  On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) that are effective immediately and that will impose significant compliance burdens on Illinois employers who conduct criminal background checks of applicants and employees. The new law limits the extent to which employers can use criminal convictions in hiring and […]

Attention Recruiters: Be More Like Morpheus

  According to Wikipedia, The Matrix is a 1999 American science fiction action film starrring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. It depicts a dystopian future in which humanity is unknowingly trapped inside a simulated reality, the Matrix, created by intelligent machines to distract humans while using their bodies as an energy source.  When computer programmer Thomas Anderson, under the hacker alias […]

SafestHires Earns CRA Compliance Certification

  SafestHires is proud to have earned it’s CRA Compliance Certification from All In Compliance.  Governed by a thorough set of requirements, the CRA Compliance Certifcation Program demonstrates an employment background screening organization’s commitment to compliance excellence.   CRAs that achieve certification have demonstrated knowledge and competence in the following areas: > Information Security > […]

FCRA Compliance: What Is It & Why Is It Important?

First and foremost, the information in this blog is not legal advice. Instead, this is intended only to be helpful (but general) information. Please check with your legal counsel as to any laws mentioned in this blog and any obligations you or your business may have. You’ve probably seen first-hand how hiring the right employees […]

The Faces of FACIS: What Cases are Covered by FACIS?

The Fraud Abuse Control Information System includes federal and state sources for exclusions, sanctions, debarments, and disciplinary actions against healthcare professionals and businesses.More commonly known as the “FACIS” (pronounced FACE-ISS) search, it’s used by healthcare organizations as a pre-employment screening tool to protect against fraud and abuse. Many people ask us what kinds of fraud an […]

SafestHires Honored With Top 10 Award

HR Tech Outlook Magazine has named SafestHires a Top 10 Employment Screening firm for 2019. We received this honor because our background screening technology provides a superior experience in terms of compliance, speed, accuracy and ease-of-use. We invite you to read the magazine article hereYou can view the certificate here 

Check Your Background Checks For Compliance

When it comes to employment background checks, everyone is laser-focused on key performance metrics like turnaround time, accuracy and ease-of-use. While these are certainly important, your first priority should always be compliance, especially if you rely on your background check vendor to help keep you compliant.Unfortunately, compliance requirements have changed quite a bit over the […]

Update Your Background Check Disclosure Form

 Background Check Disclosure Forms Must Be Clear, StandaloneBy David N. AnthonyThe United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit made clear that a prospective employer violates the standalone requirement of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by including extra material, such as state disclosure requirements, that goes beyond basic and clear authorization language.Reiterating […]


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