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May 24, 2018
NAPBS Updated Privacy Policy
NAPBS is making some updates to our privacy policy. The policy applies to all current and past members, those who purchase our offerings, and users of the website. We are making these changes to better explain our privacy practices to you and to reflect changes required by the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The policy includes more information about how we collect, use, and share any personal information you may give to us.
May 24, 2018
SSA E-Signature Provision - Signed Into Law
From NAPBS' Partner, Akin Gump | On Thursday, May 24, President Trump signed into law a bi-partisan bill that enacts certain reforms to Dodd-Frank and includes a significant win for the background screening profession.
May 14, 2018
Bill 113 Changes the Way all Record Checks Must Be Completed in Ontario, Canada
Effective November 1, 2018, Bill 113, Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 will change the way criminal record checks are delivered in Ontario, Canada.
May 9, 2018
Maryland Enacts Law Affecting Consumer Reporting Agencies
Maryland Enacts Law Affecting Consumer Reporting Agencies By Amending Security Freeze Requirements, Requiring CRAs to be Bonded, and Expanding State Enforcement
April 16, 2018
NAPBS and HR.com Release 2nd Industry Survey Results
NAPBS commissioned HR.com to conduct an unprecedented national survey of 2,137 human resources professionals to gauge their views on background screening
April 6, 2018
New BSAAP Standard Effective April 6, 2018
The revised BSAAP Standard has been reviewed, approved and published and is now available on the NAPBS website. The new BSAAP Standard and BSAAP Standard and Audit Criteria documents can be accessed in the Accreditation Download Center on the NAPBS website.
March 30, 2018
Washington Court Strikes Down Seattle "First-in-Time" Law
On Wednesday, the Washington state superior court for King County struck down the city's "First-in-Time" tenant law (Municipal Code � 14.08.050). The law requires landlords to establish screening criteria for tenants, offer tenancy to the first applicant meeting the criteria, and imposes advertising restrictions. Landlord plaintiffs argued-and the court agreed-that the law violated the Washington Constitution's protections for property rights, due process, and free speech.
March 13, 2018
NAPBS Accreditation Program Tops 100 Mark
NAPBS has reached a significant milestone, with one hundred background screening companies currently accredited through the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). The BSAAP is a program for CRAs located in the United States and is governed by a strict and thorough set of professional standards of specified requirements and measurements.
February 13, 2018
Alert for Recent Solicitation
We understand some members have received a solicitation from an audit firm with respect to security audits and compliance with the Proposed BSAAP Standard Clause 1. The Proposed BSAAP Standard referenced in this solicitation is not finalized and is currently undergoing review.
February 7, 2018
Tracking State Issues Now Even Easier for NAPBS Members
In partnership with our new advocacy and bill tracking software, NAPBS is pleased to roll out an interactive map of the legislative action we are following across the US.
January 29, 2018
Four Individuals Nominated for Federal Trade Commission
President Trump announced the nomination of four individuals to serve on the Federal Trade Commission.
January 22, 2018
January Government Relations Update
2018 is off to a fast and furious start in Government Relations. The NAPBS Team has been busy at the state and federal level as well as making some behind the scenes upgrades to allow you quick and easy access to NAPBS Government Relations information. Included are some highlights from the first three weeks of 2018 along with some information on how to stay current.
January 18, 2018
NAPBS Files Amicus Brief in CFPB v The Source for Public Data
This week NAPBS filed an amicus brief in support of the The Source for Public Data in the matter of the CFPB v The Source for Public Data. The Source for Public Data is appealing a district court ruling which granted the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's motion to enforce the Civil Investigative Demand (CID) against The Source for Public Data. The Source for Public Data argues that the lower court failed to place an appropriate check on the Bureau's authority with respect to the issuance of CIDs. NAPBS' brief reinforces the requirement that CIDs when issued must specify the nature of the conduct under investigation and that the CFPB may only initiate investigations and compel discovery that is relevant to a violation. NAPBS, on behalf of its members, is vitally interested in the outcome of this case because our members, particularly our provider members who fall outside of the jurisdiction of the CFPB, would suffer great harm if they were forced to endure a lengthy investigation before they could access judicial review of the Bureau's jurisdictional authority. Further, any recipient of a CID is entitled to have the nature of the conduct under investigation spelled out in the CID or the entire exercise quickly becomes an unlimited fishing expedition by the CFPB.
January 5, 2018
NAPBS Launches Second Annual Industry Survey
Again partnering with HR.com, we are launching the 2nd Annual Industry Survey so that we can begin to gather trends and benchmarking data.
January 3, 2018
Updated BSAAP Policies and Procedures Guide
Review of the BSAAP Policies and Procedures by the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) is a requirement of the program. The revised and approved BSAAP Policies and Procedures are now available on the NAPBS website. We highly encourage all firms interested in accreditation, whether currently accredited or considering for the future, review this new version. Additionally, all currently accredited agencies must review and adhere to the policies and procedures as written.
December 20, 2017
State of New York Issues "Emergency Regulation" Regarding Consumer Protection
Recently, the State of New York has issued an "emergency regulation" regarding consumer protection following a data breach in consumer credit reporting. Labeling new rules as an "emergency" means they may take effect immediately with no hearings or previous notice.
December 8, 2017
BSCC Response to Comments Submitted during the Public Comment Period
Before any proposed changes become final, the public (including and importantly the NAPBS membership) had an opportunity to review the proposed changes and submit comments back to the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) for their review and consideration. This public comment period took place October 9, 2017 - November 8, 2017.
December 6, 2017
Member Update on NYC Fair Chance Act
NAPBS continues to engage with the New York City Commission on Human Rights (Commission) regarding their interpretation of the Fair Chance Act. The Commission has interpreted the Fair Chance Act as requiring a two-step, bifurcated screening process, specifically separating criminal components of a background check from all other components both in time (with the criminal portion to occur later) and space (criminal portion to be on a separate report). NAPBS disagrees with this interpretation and will continue its efforts alongside other organizations to fight this interpretation.
December 5, 2017
New York Court of Appeals Establishes Standard for Punitive Damages Under NYCHRL
The NY Court of Appeals has expanded the basis upon which punitive damages may be awarded in an action under the New York City Human Rights Law, so that punitive damages may be awarded even in the absence of malice or reckless disregard of the law, where there is merely "a conscious disregard of the rights of others or conduct so reckless as to amount to such disregard." Because the NYCHRL encompasses the Fair Chance Act governing background checks, this new standard will apply to violations of the Fair Chance Act. CRAs should ensure that they are aware of the obligations under the FCA.
November 14, 2017
Comments Posted for BSAAP Standard Proposed Revisions
Before any proposed changes become final, the public (including and importantly the NAPBS membership) had an opportunity to review the proposed changes and submit comments back to the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) for their review and consideration. This public comment period took place October 9, 2017 - November 8, 2017.
November 3, 2017
NAPBS Progressing In Clearing Delays In Massachusetts Courts
NAPBS Government Relations - Access Subcommittee members met last week with the Massachusetts District Court Administrator and members of her staff to address delays and limitations faced by CRAs in dealing with Massachusetts court records. The greatest of these problems being found in the counties of Worchester, Hampden, Franklin, Essex, and Middlesex. The Court's staff was quite receptive to the information NAPBS provided, and was willing to work to improve what were described to them as "some of the worst criminal record TATs in the nation."
October 20, 2017
New York City Fair Chance Act Update
New York City Fair Chance Act Update
October 10, 2017
NAPBS and HR.com Release Industry Survey Results
The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) commissioned HR.com to conduct the national survey of 1,528 human resources professionals. The respondents collectively had operations in all 50 states. The survey gauged how companies approach background screening in order to identify today's trends and practices. The results demonstrated that nearly all human resources professionals now utilize background screening, citing public safety as their top priority. Employers of all sizes and locations report using screening as part of their onboarding process, typically after an interview or job offer. When asked about the challenges they face when conducting background screening, these professionals were most likely to cite the length of time to get results. NAPBS members echo that this is a predominant challenge. They cite the trend of ever-decreasing availability of identifiers-such as dates of birth-in public record data, which requires additional time in researching. The survey also provided a clearer picture of how and what employers are screening.
October 9, 2017
Now Accepting Comments for Proposed Revisions to the Accreditation Program Standard
Before any proposed changes become final, the public (including and importantly the NAPBS membership) has an opportunity to review the proposed changes and submit comments back to the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) for their review and consideration. No fee changes are anticipated at this time. The public comment period is open today, October 9, 2017 - November 8, 2017, at which time the BSCC will review the submitted comments. Comments should be sent to accreditation@napbs.com on or before November 8.
September 28, 2017
Urge Governor Brown to VETO AB 1008 in California
We need all members to urge Governor Brown to VETO AB 1008 in California.
September 12, 2017
Hurricane Irma Update - Annual Conference on Schedule
Hurricane Irma Update - Annual Conference on Schedule
September 8, 2017
Important Update Regarding the NAPBS Annual Conference and Hurricane Irma
Important Update Regarding the NAPBS Annual Conference and Hurricane Irma
September 8, 2017
Legislative Hearing on FCRA Liability Harmonization Act, H.R. 2359
On Thursday, September 7, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing entitled "Legislative Proposals for a More Efficient Federal Financial Regulatory Regime."
August 17, 2017
NAPBS Announces New Affinity Program: Encompass Compliance Corp.'s Risk Shield Solution
NAPBS announces its newest affinity program. The Encompass Compliance Corporation web-based Risk Shield solution provides unmatched access, up-to-date information, resources & tools for workplace drug & alcohol testing compliance management & risk mitigation.
August 15, 2017
Litigation Update: 9th and 7th Circuit Courts Differ on Standing Cases
Today, the 9th Circuit released its opinion in the case of Robins v Spokeo on remand from the US Supreme Court.
August 15, 2017
NAPBS Announces 2017-18 Board of Directors
The National Association of Professional Background Screeners is pleased to announce the 2017-18 Board of Directors.
July 10, 2017
State Government Relations and Grassroots Partner
NAPBS Announces Partnership to Conduct State Government Relations and Grassroots Activity
July 7, 2017
NAPBS Member Code of Conduct Additional Revisions
NAPBS Member Code of Conduct Additional Revisions
June 29, 2017
NAPBS Member Code of Conduct Revisions
NAPBS Member Code of Conduct Revisions
March 29, 2017
NAPBS Submits Comments to the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing
NAPBS submitted comments to California Department of Fair Employment and Housing regarding proposed regulation to limit use of criminal history in tenant screening.
October 24, 2016
NAPBS Submits Comments to the CFPB
NAPBS submitted comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding the proposed rule related to the disclosure of records and information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act.

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