Category Archives: Background Checks

Massachusetts Votes to Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use: Now What?

by Erica E. Flores Just four years after Massachusetts voted to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, voters in the Commonwealth have now approved Question 4, a ballot proposal to legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use by … Continue reading

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Connecticut Becomes Most Recent State to “Ban the Box”

by Amelia J. Holstrom On June 1, 2016, Connecticut became the most recent state to “ban the box” when Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill that prohibits employers from asking questions about an employee’s prior arrests and criminal charges or … Continue reading

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Fingerprint Checks Now Mandatory for Human Service Agencies and Their Transportation Services

by Susan G. Fentin Here’s a reminder for Human Service Agencies who are licensed, funded, or approved by the Department of Developmental Services or who provide transportation on behalf of any programs that are licensed, funded, or approved by DDS:  … Continue reading

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New Connecticut Law Restricts Employers’ Access to Employee Online Accounts

by Susan G. Fentin You may have heard that several states have enacted legislation designed to protect employees’ privacy rights in the contents of their social media. Connecticut has just jumped into that category with the passage of Senate Bill … Continue reading

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New Risks Associated with Pre-Employment Medical Exams

by Erica E. Flores Chapter 151B prohibits Massachusetts employers from requiring applicants to submit to a medical examination except as a condition of a job offer, and then only to determine whether the applicant is capable of performing the essential … Continue reading

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Social Media on the EEOC’s Radar

by John S. Gannon Social media has taken the world by storm.  A study last year revealed that 72% of adults in the U.S. use social networking sites.  This number grew astronomically from the 8% who said they used social … Continue reading

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Employers Use Employee Theft Databases to Prevent “Sticky Fingers” at Work

Hiring can be a headache for employers.  This is especially true during difficult economic times, when more and more applicants compete for dwindling job opportunities.  Employers, in their quest for reliable employees, routinely invest in standard screening programs, such as … Continue reading

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