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Employment Background Check Requirements Expanded For Debt Collectors in Minnesota
Employment Background Check Requirements Expanded For Debt Collectors in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has expanded its criminal background check requirements for debt collectors in the state of Minnesota, effective August 1st, 2012.  Under Minnesota. Stat. § 332.35, as amended by H.F. 2335.Screening Process Requirements Each licensed collection agency must establish procedures to follow when screening an individual collector applicant prior to submitting them to the commissioner for initial registration and renewal.  The screening process for initial registration of an individual collector shall consist of a criminal history record check and a statewide county search through a vendor that is a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) for all states of residence of the applicant within the five years immediately preceding the initial registration, to determine whether the applicant is eligible to be registered under section 332.35 of the act. 

Legalized Medical Marijuana Use in Connecticut Could Impact Employers
Legalized Medical Marijuana Use in Connecticut Could Impact Employers

Governor Dannell Malloy recently signed Public Act 12-55 Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana.  This act requires the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) to start issuing patient registration certificates for the palliative use of marijuana starting on October 1, 2012 for qualifying Connecticut residents.  The Connecticut DPS has developed a Medical Marijuana Program FAQ section on their website for additional information. 

Vermont Restricts The Use Of Credit Reports For Employment Purposes
Vermont Restricts The Use Of Credit Reports For Employment Purposes

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed Senate Bill 95 into law, generally restricting an employer’s right to inquire, obtain, and utilize credit history information for employment decisions effective July 1, 2012. Importantly, the new law does exempt Vermont employers from the new provisions if one or more of the following conditions are applicable: 

DOT Cracking Down On Bus Companies For Public Safety Violations
DOT Cracking Down On Bus Companies For Public Safety Violations

In the largest single safety crackdown in the history of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 26 bus operations have been shut down, declaring them imminent hazards to the public’s safety.  In addition, FMCSA ceased all passenger transportation operations of 10 individual bus company owners, managers and employees.  These bus companies transported over 1,800 passengers a day along the Interstate-95 corridor, from New York to Florida.

EBI Recognized on Workforce Management Magazine’s ‘Hot List’
EBI Recognized on Workforce Management Magazine’s ‘Hot List’

For the sixth consecutive year, EBI has been named by Workforce Management magazine as a top provider of employment screening services.EBI has recently been named by Workforce Management magazine as one of the top firms that provides employment screening services.  Each year, Workforce Management magazine publishes its “Hot List”, ranking the top employee background screening firms in the industry.  This year marks the sixth consecutive year that EBI has achieved this elite status. 

Revisions To New CORI Law Affecting Massachusetts Employers Are Forthcoming
Revisions To New CORI Law Affecting Massachusetts Employers Are Forthcoming

EBI has been notified that the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) has finalized additional details regarding the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check provisions that went into effect on May 4th 2012.  We are still waiting for further clarification regarding these changes and will update our readers as information is published.  We are sending this notification as these new provisions are scheduled to go into effect on May 25th.  Please refer to our April 30th blog posted titled “Additional Massachusetts CORI Reform Compliance Requirements Effective May 4, 2012”.  This new law affects employers seeking criminal history information about applicants and employees who reside in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Updated Regulations Regarding CORI Reform Are Forthcoming
Updated Regulations Regarding CORI Reform Are Forthcoming

On April 30th 2012, EBI published an article that affects employers located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Specifically employers seeking criminal history information about applicants or employees who reside in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are subject to additional state Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check provisions that went into effect on May 4th 2012.  It is EBI’s understanding that there will be further revisions to this regulation coming from the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) that should be finalized by May 11th and published by May 25th or June 25th 2012.  We are still waiting for further clarification regarding these changes and will update our readers as information is published.

Additional Massachusetts CORI Reform Compliance Requirements Effective May 4, 2012
Additional Massachusetts CORI Reform Compliance Requirements Effective May 4, 2012

Employers located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and employers seeking criminal history information about applicants or employees who reside in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are subject to additional state Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check provisions effective Friday, May 4, 2012. It is EBI’s understanding that this requirement applies to employers whether they obtain criminal offender record information directly from DCJIS or through another source - including county court searches. 

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