**New** New Jersey State Law Limits Employer Access to Employees’ Social Media Accounts

A new law set to take effect on December 1, 2013 will make New Jersey the latest of a growing number of states—including Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington—that prohibit employers from requesting access to the social media accounts of current or prospective employees. The law also prohibits employers from retaliating or discriminating against any such individual who either refuses to provide such access or who complains about what he or she believes to be a violation of the law.

The law applies only to those social media accounts that are the exclusive personal property of the employee or prospective employee. Employers are, however, permitted to obtain access to private accounts for the purposes of ensuring legal or regulatory compliance, investigating employment-related misconduct or investigating a potential disclosure of the employer’s proprietary or confidential information. The law does not prohibit employers from accessing accounts its employees use for business-related purposes, and employer review of material that employees or prospective employees post publicly on an otherwise private social media account remains lawful.

Enforcement of New Jersey’s social media law is left solely to the state’s Department of Labor; the law does not provide individuals with a private right of action. Companies may be fined up to $1,000 for their first violation and $2,500 for violations thereafter.

Federal Ban on Employment Credit Checks Proposed

 Excerpted from Washingtontimes.com, by Tiffany Madison, and reported by the NAPBS.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced legislation that prevents companies from considering a candidate’s credit history during the hiring process. Warren believes the screening process establishes unnecessary roadblocks for the poor seeking lucrative employment.
“This is about basic fairness – let people compete on the merits, not on whether they already have enough money to pay all their bills,” Warren said. “A bad credit rating is far more often the result of unexpected medical costs, unemployment, economic downturns, or other bad breaks than it is a reflection on an individual’s character or abilities.”
Warren and Senate Democrats assert that studies indicate a poor credit history does not reflect on an individual’s ability to perform a job well done. Currently, Americans with negative credit reports, especially after the 2008 financial crises, face unjust discrimination due to employer credit analysis.
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CARCO’s Vehicle Inspection Services Division Helps Break Up a Luxury Car Theft Ring

Did you see the news in The New York Times that a major luxury car theft ring was busted? According to the story, “as crime rates have dropped, so too it seems has the caution of car owners.” CARCO Group, a leading anti-fraud company, produced the tip that led to the breakup of the ring through its pre-insurance inspection program.


New York State, under Regulation 79, requires a pre-insurance inspection for anyone applying for certain insurance coverage. This regulation has been very effective at reducing both insurance fraud and theft. In fact, after the regulation was implemented, there was a 7% decline in New York State thefts, while in neighboring New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, the results shot up by 36%, 16%, and 18% respectively, as those committing this crime crossed state lines to these neighboring states.

Founded in 1977, CARCO Group, Inc. is a nationally recognized information services company that provides investigative, fraud detection, and risk mitigation services to corporations and business entities.

CARCO’s Inspection Services division provides insurance carriers with pre-insurance vehicle inspection reports that significantly reduce auto insurance fraud. This service is provided to more than 200 insurance companies through a network of more than 6,000 inspection locations.

CARCO Announces Integration of CARCO’s I-9/E-Verify Solution with Oracle Taleo Enterprise Cloud Service

CARCO Group, Inc  Achieves Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle Taleo Enterprise Cloud Service

The integration of CARCO’s I-9 /E-Verify Solution with Oracle Taleo Enterprise Cloud Service can help companies transition to an electronic and automated process for compliance with I-9 and E-Verify


DATELINE – CARCO Group, Inc., a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of CARCO’s I-9 and E-Verify Solution with Oracle Taleo Enterprise Cloud Service, part of Oracle Talent Management Cloud.  This integration can help companies transition to a completely electronic and automated process for compliance with I-9 and E-Verify.


To achieve Oracle Validated Integration, Oracle partners are required to meet a stringent set of requirements that are based on the needs and priorities of the customers.  CARCO’s electronic I-9 and E-Verify Solution is designed to help employers maintain a compliant and legal workforce. The integration with Oracle Taleo Enterprise Cloud Service provides new hires and HR professionals with an ideal user experience without having to worry about logging into or checking another system.


Alan Gordon, CARCO’s CIO, stated that “CARCO is very excited about achieving Oracle Validated Integration through OPN.  Now users of Oracle Taleo Enterprise Onboarding can  leverage CARCO’s state of the art I-9 and E-Verify Solution to provide new hires and HR professionals with a great user experience while increasing compliance.”


”Achieving Oracle Validated Integration gives our customers confidence that the integration between CARCO’s I-9 and E-Verify Solution and Oracle Taleo Enterprise Cloud Service is functionally sound and performs as tested,” said Kevin O’Brien, senior director, ISV and SaaS Strategy, Oracle.  “For solutions deployed on-premise, in the cloud, or both, Oracle Validated Integration applies a rigorous technical review and test process that helps to reduce deployment risk and improves the user experience of the partner’s integrated offering.”


About CARCO Group, Inc.

 CARCO Group, Inc. is an HR technology and paperless workflow solutions company. Started in 1977 as a background screening company, CARCO has evolved to become a full-service HR partner, helping clients manage their new hire process in standalone solutions or integrated with their Applicant Tracking System. CARCO’s Onboarding Solution eliminates paper processes and ensures efficient and compliant hiring. Full-service offerings include background screening products, electronic I-9/E-Verify, vendor screening, and drug testing.


About Oracle Validated Integration

Oracle Validated Integration, available through the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), gives customers confidence that the integration of complementary partner software products with Oracle Applications and specific Oracle Fusion Middleware solutions have been validated, and the products work together as designed. This can help customers reduce risk, improve system implementation cycles, and provide for smoother upgrades and simpler maintenance. Oracle Validated Integration applies a rigorous technical process to review partner integrations. Partners who have successfully completed the program are authorized to use the “Oracle Validated Integration” logo. For more information, please visit Oracle.com at http://www.oracle.com/us/partnerships/solutions/index.html.


About Oracle PartnerNetwork
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized is the latest version of Oracle’s partner program that provides partners with tools to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN Specialized offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to differentiate through Specializations. Specializations are achieved through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success. To find out more visit http://www.oracle.com/partners.




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5 Reasons Why Your Organization Should Have A Robust Executive Screening Program

Most of you probably have an employment screening program in place for your new hires. However, are you screening your top executives? Do you know who you are hiring to lead your company?

Here are 5 reasons why your organization should have a robust Executive Screening program:


  1. Yahoo CEO falsified his educational credentials, claiming to have a computer science degree from Stonehill College.
  2. Ixia CEO falsified his educational credentials, age and early employment.
  3. Smith & Wesson Chairman falsified his resume by not disclosing that he was convicted of armed robbery and spent several years in prison.
  4. Veritas CFO falsified his resume by claiming he held an MBA from Stanford University.
  5. President of IBM’s software developer, Lotus Development, falsified his resume regarding his academic credentials and military background.

I could go on and on, but you get the picture.