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New York City Passes Ban-the-Box Legislation 

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council voted to prohibit private employers from asking job applicants questions about criminal convictions on job applications. Under the Fair Chance Act (the "Act") an employer may ask about an applicant's criminal history and conduct a criminal background check only after extending the conditional offer. If the employer then withdraws the offer, it must explain its decision to the applicant in writing and hold the position open for three (3) business days so that the applicant can respond.


Currently, six states have enacted "ban the box" laws that apply statewide to private employers: Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey and Rhode Island. In addition, 15 states and nearly 100 cities nationwide have enacted similar legislation and/or signed similar executive orders making it unlawful for state, city, county and other local agencies to inquire about an applicant's criminal history on employment applications.


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Background Checks Performed by Professional Background Screeners Best Serve the Interests of Employers, Consumers, and the Public 

While NAPBS Chair, CSI's Judy Gootkind created and participated in a taskforce that developed an industry paper explaining the benefits of commercial background checks versus the known shortcomings of the FBI fingerprint search. To read the paper, please click here.   


A Rising Tide of Bogus Degrees

Originally Published May 20, 2015 
By The New York Times Editorial Board

Fraudulent degrees are an ever-present threat that can damage your co mpany's reputation and adversely affect your business. As recently reported in the New York Times and many other news outlets, there are few safeguards in place to prevent large diploma mill operations from doing business on a global scale in the digital age. As online education continues to rise, these unfortunate circumstances are a reminder of why it's important to verify educational credentials.  
We regularly attend association events. Find out if we are going to be in your area:

June 29-July 1, 2015
NCIA's Cannabis Business Summit and Expo
The Colorado Convention Center | Denver, CO   
Booth #624            
The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is the only national trade association advancing the interests of the legitimate and responsible cannabis industry. Our industry supports tens of thousands of jobs, tens of millions in tax revenue, and billions in economic activity in the United States. NCIA is leading the unified and coordinated campaign to ensure this emerging sector is treated fairly under federal law.

July 20-22, 2015
Nuclear Energy Institute's (NEI) Annual Personnel Access Data System (PADS) Workshop
Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa, Fort Myers, FL


The annual Personnel Access Data System (PADS) workshop is designed to bring nuclear power industry professionals responsible for Access Authorization and Fitness-for-Duty and their associated support personnel together to explore industry issues and share new efficiencies within programs.
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Creative Services, Inc. (CSI) is a full-service pre-employment screening, background investigations and security consulting company. Established in 1976, CSI provides comprehensive corporate screenings, drug and alcohol screenings, nuclear utility screenings for access authorization and fitness for duty, and security consulting to regulated and non-regulated industries. By combining advanced technologies with superior investigative, interviewing and analytical skills, CSI identifies areas of vulnerability and establishes customized strategies that mitigate risk, improve workplace safety and achieve regulatory compliance. A founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), CSI is at the forefront of the background screening and security industry.