Legislative Alert – Screening News Update October 1, 2014

Jennifer Gladstone

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EBI is proud to present our new Screening News Update videos. From now on, our Legislative Alert blog posts will contain BOTH a text and a video version. We hope you enjoy this new feature.

Screening Firm Fired

How many times have you heard about a company that takes tons of money from the federal government but fails to deliver? It’s a big complaint of those in the private sector. Now it seems the government is making an effort to hold contractors accountable.

The Office of Personnel Management announced it will terminate its criminal background screening contracts with a large Virginia firm. The company lost the contracts after a series of breaches and mistakes.

Last month a cyber-attack compromised the personal information of thousands of employees at the Department of Homeland Security. The company is also facing investigations for allegedly defrauding the government and conducting faulty background checks on high profile employees, including Edward Snowden.

Several lawmakers have called on DHS to reconsider its decision, citing the company’s track record.

Reasonable Suspicion Drug Test Did Not Violate Rights

A group of workers at the Arkansas Health Center were tested for drugs after a lighter and a pie pan filled with burnt residue were found in a bathroom. A former narcotics officer working for the company suspected drug use. All of the maintenance employees on duty at the time were immediately subjected to a drug test.

The tests came back clear, but one of the workers sued claiming the company violated his fourth amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures… even though company policy required random and reasonable suspicion testing.

An Arkansas court said the employees’ rights were not violated and that any intrusion was minimal.

Carnival Workers Face Background Checks

After a local TV station reported that a worker at county fair in Washington State got arrested for trying to lure a 9-year-old girl away, State Representative Liz Pike promised to file legislation to require background checks for all fair workers.

The carnival company that hired 50-year-old Bryan McCann claims he had a background check, but they did not provide any proof. There are no screening requirements for these workers in Washington, Oregon or at the federal level.

Representative Pike says she will introduce legislation when the next legislative session begins in January.

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Jennifer Gladstone

Posted By: Jennifer Gladstone

Jennifer Gladstone is a news anchor and journalist with more than 20 years of experience in front of the camera. She's worked in several markets, large and small, and has performed nearly every task needed in a newsroom. As EBI’s Screening News Editor, she keeps EBI’s customers and blog subscribers up to date on the latest screening news and legislative alerts affecting companies of all sizes.

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