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Connecticut Passes Salary Range Disclosure Law, Effective October 1

Posted by Tanya A. Bovée and Allison P. Dearington

Sep 20, 2021 3:58:16 PM

Data Facts sometimes shares articles that we think will help our audience. The information in this blog post was originally published on JacksonLewis.

Connecticut’s “An Act Concerning the Disclosure of Salary Range for a Vacant Position,” which goes into effect on October 1, 2021, imposes new requirements on Connecticut employers to disclose the wage range for vacant positions to both job applicants and existing employees.

The new law also extends the prohibition on sex-based compensation discrimination to comparable as opposed to equal work.

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Topics: Good hiring practices, Employer hot topics, employer compliance, hiring process, salary history question

Louisiana's New Fair Chance Law Went into Effect August 1, 2021

Posted by Johnna Leeds

Aug 13, 2021 9:31:50 AM

Effective August 1, 2021, Louisiana joined the growing list of states and localities with “Fair Chance” laws by enacting its own law restricting an employer’s consideration of criminal history in hiring decisions.

What Louisiana Employers Need to Know

1) Unless otherwise provided by law, Louisiana now prohibits employers (those with 20 or more employees in the state) from considering an arrest record or a charge that did not result in a conviction if the information was received in the course of a background check.

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Topics: Data Facts blog, EEOC, Employer hot topics, employer compliance, Fair Chance Act, Second Chance Law, Louisiana, consideration of criminal history

New "Second Chance Law" Passed in Arizona

Posted by Tammy Henry

Jul 7, 2021 1:00:00 PM

On April 1, 2021, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law House Bill (H.B.) 2067. This amends Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S.) Section 13-905 to allow the courts to issue an order for a “Certificate of Second Chance” for individuals “whose judgment of guilt is set aside” after a criminal conviction. H.B. 2067 allows individuals who receive a Certificate of Second Chance the opportunity to apply for and obtain occupational licenses in Arizona, and provides some additional protections to employers, among other provisions. The new law takes effect on August 27, 2021.

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Topics: Employer hot topics, background checks, employer compliance, Arizona, Second Chance Law

When Social Media Screening Works...and When It Doesn't

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 25, 2021 9:30:00 AM

 

 

Employers are increasingly turning to social media profiles to screen their job candidates. And why not? If the individual shares posts, tweets, and photos of themselves, why shouldn’t hiring managers tap into those to build a clearer picture and form opinions about them during the hiring process?

Applicants may share information on their favorite social media channel that would valuable for a company to know BEFORE they hire them.

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Topics: social media screening, social media, Employer hot topics, employer compliance, background screening process

Background Screening Trends that Are Either IN or OUT for 2021

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 29, 2020 10:15:27 AM

Just like fashion, background screening changes every year. Some things that were in one year are out the other. While certain staples make up a background check, the way we use the information evolves.

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Topics: background screening company, criminal records search, background checks, background screening practices, employer compliance, salary history ban

10 Reasons HR Should Background Check Current Employees

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 1, 2020 12:24:57 PM

Smart HR Professionals know that mediocre employees can, with time and coaching, sometimes become high performers. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true.

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Topics: Employment screening policy, background checks, employer compliance, background check current employees

Employers Must Know These Things About COVID-19 and the ADA

Posted by EEOC

Jul 27, 2020 1:30:36 PM

Data Facts strives to share timely information that our employer clients can use to assist them in keeping their organizations viable and successful. This is information that first appeared on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website. 

Disability-Related Inquiries and Medical Exams

How much information may an employer request from an employee who calls in sick, in order to protect the rest of its workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic? 

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Topics: EEOC, employer compliance, hiring process, Coronavirus, COVID-19, regulatory changes

Illinois Enacts Workplace Transparency Act, Effective January 1, 2020

Posted by Susan McCullah

Feb 20, 2020 10:01:17 AM

Illinois created a bill last year that addressed discrimination and harassment in the workplace. SB-75, or the "Workplace Transparency Act" passed during the General Assembly on June 2, 2019. 

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Topics: employer compliance, employment laws, Illinois workplace transparency act

Confusing Background Check Disclosures Can Result in Employer Compliance FCRA Trouble!

Posted by Nadia D. Adams

Dec 4, 2018 10:23:57 AM

Data Facts strives to keep our clients informed about the importance of diligent and consistent compliance in their background check processes. This article was written by Nadia D. Adams and originally published online at The National Law Review.

On November 29, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Mitchell v. Winco Foods, No. 17-35998, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 33483 (9th Cir. Nov. 29, 2018); a Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) case on appeal after the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss the case for lack of standing.

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Topics: FCRA, Litigation avoidance, adverse action procedures, Employer hot topics, employer compliance, employment laws

Employment Laws: Vermont Employers Can't Ask About Salary History

Posted by Johnna Leeds

Jun 29, 2018 1:44:02 PM

The way organizations recruit, interview, and choose new employees is changing in a variety of ways. What were once commonplace practices are now being phased out in favor of new processes that are less discriminatory and equal for everyone.

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Topics: background checks, background screening practices, employer compliance, hiring process, salary history ban, Vermont, employment laws

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~~Susan McCullah is the Marketing Project Manager/ Background Screening Division for Data Facts, Inc, a 25 year old Memphis based company. Data Facts Inc -an NAPBS accredited company- is a leading provider of employment screening solutions. Check out our website for a complete explanation of our services.