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Ban the Box 2.0: Philadelphia Upgrades Its Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance
On December 15, 2015, Philadelphia passed an upgrade of its "ban the box" law, the Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance. In 2011, Philadelphia led the pack by becoming the first U.S. city to pass an ordinance prohibiting both public and private employers from asking about, considering, or sharing information about non-conviction arrests. With the 2015 amendment, Philadelphia is once again at the forefront.

The ordinance, which went into effect on March 14, 2016, contains multiple significant changes to the prior law that expand coverage while creating new requirements and restrictions for employers. As a preliminary matter, all private employers with at least one employee in Philadelphia are now subject to the ordinance, with the exception of employers of in-home domestic services.

For detailed recommendations, please read the full Seyfarth Shaw alert on our website.
Originally published December 23, 2015 by Seyfath Shaw LLP.
CSI's Social Media Searches

In today's world of online posts, blogs, tweets, InMails and Instagrams, it can be difficult to get anything done.  So many people use social media and use more of it.  According to a recent study by Pew Research Center, "65% of adults now use social networking sites - a nearly tenfold jump in the past decade."* 

Employers routinely check criminal records, education credentials, employment history, and social security numbers for candidates, but what about a candidate's online presence created through blogging, posting, tweeting and otherwise?  Checking social media for both positive and potentially adverse information is an important part of the candidate screening process.
CSI's social media searches provide a comprehensive picture of an applicant's complete publicly available online presence. These insightful reports ensure that your organization reduces the threat of exposure to the catastrophic ramifications of a negligent hire, enabling you to truly know the person you're hiring while mitigating risk. Our social media checks are compliant with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) as well as anti-discrimination laws.   
Email to learn more about CSI's social media searches.
*Andrew Perrin. "Social Networking Usage: 2005-2015." Pew Research Center. October 2015.
CSI Welcomes Back Kellie A. O'Shea, Esq.     

Kellie A. O'Shea, Esq., PHR, has rejoined CSI as Associate General Counsel. Working with CSI's Director and General Counsel, Jack Nichols, Kellie will assist with internal and external compliance and regulatory matters. Kellie holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth where she concentrated in employment law. She is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Kellie has a longstanding history with CSI, having served as the Director of Sales and Implementation from 2003 to 2013. In this role, she worked closely with clients and partners to develop and implement background screening programs and solutions in accordance with federal, state and local laws. Kellie was involved in legislative and legal initiatives and helped to develop strategies and communication for compliance.
In addition to her license to practice law, Kellie is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). She holds a Certification in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and is a certified analyst in the Predictive Index® behavioral assessment suite.
Kellie can be reached at 800.227.0002 x261 or
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CSI Turns 40!

This is an historic year for CSI, as we celebrate the company's 40th anniversary. It's a milestone that few background screening companies have achieved and a testament to the essential work we do each day.
In 1976, we began as a private investigation firm and emerged as pioneers in background screening. Today, we are proud to be a recognized leader in the development and implementation of employment screening, background investigations and security consulting solutions, serving a wide range of entities in regulated and non-regulated industries.
As we mark our 40th anniversary, we would like to thank all of our uniquely remarkable clients, partners and vendors for your loyalty and support over the years. You have been instrumental in helping CSI evolve into one of the most respected and influential employment screening and security consulting firms in the country. We are incredibly proud to help so many employers and organizations screen smart and hire with confidence.
CSI Presents at Upcoming CUPA-HR Eastern Region Conference

CSI will be a featured speaker at the College & University Professional Association for Human Resources  (CUPA-HR) Eastern Region Conference, May 1 - 3, 2016 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel. We will present, "Don't Become a Headline: Keep Your Campus Safe," which will cover how a compliant background investigation program can help support a safe environment for student and employee populations, while mitigating the risks associated with negligent hiring and negative publicity.
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.