Background Checks

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made some changes to Form I-9 — the form that all companies have to fill out for new employees, verifying their identity and that they’re authorized to work in the U.S. But instead of just dumping changes on you, USCIS wants to hear from you.  That’s why they’re Read more

Employers often have reason to be interested in an applicant’s or employee’s arrest and conviction records, but are understandably concerned about violating state and federal anti-discrimination laws. To assist employers in complying with federal law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced the release of an updated “Enforcement Guidance” on an employer’s use of Read more

The Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, signed an ordinance that soon will prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to disclose their criminal backgrounds until after the first employment interview. Under the new chapter entitled “Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards”, employers are able to perform a background check or request the disclosure of an applicant’s criminal Read more