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SafestHires Offers Social Media Screening

Did you know that most individuals who commit workplace violence such as physical and sexual assault have no criminal past? And that you can be held liable for employee’s online behavior? Employees’ sexual harassment, racist remarks and hate speech, insults and bullying, and threats of violence, represent tremendous reputational and legal risks to your organization. […]

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 […]

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SafestHires Compliance Interview

  Many companies this year have been hauled into court for violating employment laws related to background checks. The worst part is, the people at these companies who oversee background checks had no idea the violations were taking place. They sincerely believed their background screening program was 100% compliant.Unfortunately, the majority of people who oversee their […]

SafestHires Newsletter October 2017

 Beware of Background Check Bandits >People are applying for jobs to find out if employers are compliant with background check laws and then suing those who are not compliant.Job Search Site To Help Those With Criminal Records Find Employment >Job search website Glassdoor announced that it has “doubled down on its commitment to giving those with […]

Same Name and Date of Birth Lead to “False Positive” Background Check

A Maryland man says his “life is turned upside down because he shares a name and birthdate with a felon” who shows up on his background check report, according to a report from NBC Channel 4 in Washington.NBC Channel 4 reports Christopher Jenkins of Maryland does not have a criminal record but Christopher Jenkins of Florida has […]


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