Compliance Clip October 2019

CONSUMER REPORTING

Conducting Background Checks on Current Employees
Most employers run background checks on prospective employees when hiring. Many employers have policies in place that allow them to conduct background checks on current employees. Your organization may choose to do so for reasons including belief of arrest, security threats, insurance confirmation, etc.
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Electronic Acknowledgement of Arbitration Agreements
Do You Require Your Employees to Electronically Acknowledge Arbitration Agreements? Make Sure Your Process Is Effective. An automatic generation of acknowledgment to a provision available within the online employee handbook may not be enough, as affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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DRUG TESTING

The Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA)
The so-called “Recreational Marijuana Law,” takes effect Jan. 1, 2020. Under the CRTA, Illinois residents 21 years of age and older will be able to possess 30 grams of marijuana flower and five grams of marijuana concentrate for their personal use.
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AS A REMINDER: At A-Check, we’re happy to help implement a drug screening program that meets your evolving needs—or make adjustments to the program you’re already running with us. Just give us a call at 877-345-2021 and ask to speak with someone on your Client Relations team.

BAN-THE-BOX

Current Ban-the-Box Laws by State and Municipality
With Colorado among the most recent legislation enacted (September 1, 2019) at state and local levels to protect employment candidates convicted of a crime from automatic disqualification, we wanted to provide you with a good resource that provides an overview of all Ban-the-Box laws in effect.
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SALARY HISTORY BAN

Illinois Salary History Ban
As a reminder, Illinois’ new wage history law is now in effect as of September 29, 2019, which bars employers from screening job candidates based on current or past wages. We mentioned this last month’s “Compliance Clips,” but here’s another close look at this legislation.
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New Jersey Salary History Ban
New Jersey recently enacted a new law prohibiting employers from seeking or relying on a job applicant’s salary history. The law, which will take effect on January 1, 2020.
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DATA PRIVACY

New York’s SHIELD Act Expands Breach Notice Requirements
Following Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), many states in the US are in the process of enacting or expanding their privacy laws. New York’s new SHIELD Act contains key changes to New York’s existing breach notification obligations. These changes become effective October 23, 2019. Trends like this provide opportunity for us to remind our clients that A-Check (as a CRA who collects personal data on your behalf) gives significant attention to data security and the system processes and procedures we employ to protect information.
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