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ASA Paper Speaks to Ban-the-Box Laws

On February 28, the American Staffing Association (ASA) published an updated paper on staffing firms’ ability to conduct and use criminal background checks. The use of these tools falls under the purview of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and guidelines are subject to various EEOC requirements and state and local ban-the-box laws.

Ban-the-box laws limit the conditions on when an employer may ask about a candidate’s criminal history. The updated paper from the ASA, “Background Checks: A Primer for Staffing Firms on Complying with Federal, State, and Local Laws,” is written by attorneys Pamela Devata, Esq., and Jennifer Mora, Esq., with law firm Seyfarth Shaw, LLP.  The paper provides details in a chart of various jurisdictions’ ban-the-box laws, as well as the nuances of these laws that are relevant to staffing firms seeking to navigate this complex legal area. Members of ASA can access this relevant article on the ASA website.

For additional information, consider attending the 2018 ASA Staffing Law Conference, which takes place May 10-11 in Washington, DC. This year’s conference will feature a session dedicated to recruiting issues, including criminal background, medical marijuana, and salary inquiry laws by federal, state, and local governments. Visit to learn more and register today.


DataScreening is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that has offered business-to-business employment and tenant screenings to human resource professionals and business owners, including staffing companies, for two decades. Among other organizations, they are members of the ASA (American Staffing Association), SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and the NAPBS (National Association of Professional Background Screeners).

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E-Verify and Employee Screening

  E-Verify is a federal website of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which will allow businesses to determine the eligibility of employees to work in the U.S. It is a free online system maintained by the government. E-Verify was first established in 1997 as a pilot program to prevent illegal immigrants and other peopleContinue Reading

Ban the Box and Criminal Record Laws

Employers and HR Managers are on constant alert for changes to state and federal background check regulations to prevent discrimination in hiring practices and screening laws. This includes the evolving Ban the Box laws. The phrase “Ban the Box” was coined by groups in a civil rights campaign on behalf of ex-offenders who frequently wereContinue Reading

Is a Former Employer’s Bad Reference Harmful?

Company XYZ wanted to hire Joe Blank. He seemed the perfect candidate to fill the job after a lengthy and exhaustive search. Is there such a thing as a too ideal candidate? Even his credentials seemed a masterful fit to the position’s requirements. If Joe was so perfect, then why did he have two badContinue Reading

Answers to Three Important Questions about Background Checks

What can a firm expect when outsourcing candidate background checks? The following Q&A may help you decide what is right for your business. Q.I have a small business and must carefully watch my bottom line. Why would I hire an agency rather than just use information at hand, like searching the Internet and Social Media,Continue Reading

The Story of the Gift that Wasn’t

Who of us has not seen or heard the ads for Publisher’s Clearing House (PCH)? Where the firm’s “prize patrol” appears at the front door with balloons, champagne and an oversized check for thousands of dollars? Haven’t you wondered why (if you have entered this contest multiple times over the years) you have never wonContinue Reading

Ways to Show Gratitude to Colleagues and Clients

Thanksgiving, with its cravings for turkey and a table full of family and friends, has quickly passed and our thoughts turn from thankfulness to what we want for Christmas – wait . . .  thankfulness is a year-long essential. That’s the DataScreening challenge – to make expressing your gratitude to colleagues and clients a lifestyle,Continue Reading

4 Ways Your Candidate Could Fail a Background Check

In today’s gig economy, finding a qualified applicant is challenging. Let’s say after months of searching and expending generous overhead; you’ve discovered just the right specialist for the position. All the interviews and skills assessments are completed, and the offer has been extended, pending an acceptable background check. You have submitted the information to aContinue Reading

6 Solutions for Great Property Management.

As a property management company, your focus is not just on providing what tenants will sign leases for, but also for doing so in a way that continues the best profitability because of best management practices. These 6 items will help you keep an eye toward this goal. Draft and execute accurate property management agreementsContinue Reading

Rescreen Employees?

Life happens. During even a short period of time, difficulty can strike an employee and cause him or her to push the limits. Consider Mr. B – who had an acceptable screen before hire, but then poor decision-making and money troubles led his wife to file for divorce. Mr. B began missing work as assistantContinue Reading