California Redacts Dates of Birth

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On Sept. 1, 2021, the California Supreme Court denied the request to review an existing court rule prohibiting clerks from searching for records that match a date of birth. (The same rule similarly prohibits use of driver’s license number or social security number.) This denial means we will continue to see courts in California redacting the […]

NCS Achieves PBSA Re-Accreditation

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The Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) announces that National Crime Search has successfully demonstrated continued compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and is recognized as BSCC-Accredited. Since its inception, PBSA has maintained that there is a strong need for a singular, cohesive industry standard and, therefore, created the […]

Maine Joins States Adopting Ban-the-Box Law

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Maine is the latest state to follow the nationwide “Ban-the-Box” trend that prohibits employers from inquiring about criminal history on an initial employee application form. LD 1167 (HP 845) takes effect on Oct. 18, 2021. The law also prohibits an employer from otherwise specifying prior to determining a person is qualified for the position that […]

Louisiana Adopts New Landlord Law

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Louisiana has enacted a new law that states a landlord is not allowed to require an application fee unless the landlord has given a written notice including the following: The application fee. Whether or not the landlord considers credit scores, employment history, criminal history, or eviction records. The applicant is allowed to submit a statement to […]

NCS Cheers on Gabe Fink at Motocross Championship

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What do Loretta Lynn, motocross, and NCS have in common? For 40 years Loretta Lynn, one of the most famous country music stars in the business, has hosted the premier amateur national motocross championship at her ranch in Tennessee. This year, NCS was there to cheer on the riders and show our support. For the […]

NCS Makes Background Screening Easy

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Background checks can be confusing if you’re not sure how to approach them. NCS can offer some best practices to make the process easier. We often hear people say, “why should I do a background check on my employees? I already know all of them.“ Well, many employers have been surprised and by then it’s […]

New York Legalization of Marijuana Changes Drug Testing

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Effective March 31, 2021, those aged 21 years and older can possess and use limited amounts of marijuana in New York. The new law amends §201-d(2) of the Labor Code prohibiting discrimination against employees who use marijuana during non-work hours off the employer’s property and not using the employers equipment or other property. This laws means […]

Illinois Tightens Usage of Employee Background Checks

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On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill (SB) 1480 into law, which added a new section to the Illinois Human Rights Act that restricts employers’ ability to rely on conviction records when making employment decisions. The new section is effective immediately and prohibits use of a conviction record as the basis for an […]

NCS Will End Support for Internet Explorer 11

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Knowing that Microsoft is saying farewell to Internet Explorer 11, NCS will no longer support it after March 31, 2021. Please be aware of this when sharing external links, as recipients may experience degraded performance and may not be able to open the link. National Crime Search recommends using Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or […]

Philadelphia Amends Background Screening Ordinances

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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has signed three bills to amend the city’s Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards (FCRSS) and credit ban ordinances. The amendments go into effect on March 21, 2021 and April 1, 2021. Bill No. 200479 expands the FCRSS ordinance’s definition of covered “employee” to “any person employed or permitted to work at or for […]