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Compliance News Flash – October 5, 2018

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization.

  1. On October 8th and 9th my colleagues and I will present at the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD. If you are attending the conference I hope you join us for one of our sessions. I will co-present on “The CRA Guide to Social Media.” Kevin Coy, Lisa Payrow, Megan Mitchell and Henry Chalmers will also be presenting on different topics related to the background screening industry. See the full schedule of sessions here.

  2. On October 3rd, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction in Ramos v. Nielsen, temporarily blocking the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan, and Nicaragua. Approximately 300,000 beneficiaries are living and working in the U.S. under the TPS designation. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen wrote that the government failed to prove that there is any harm in allowing the program status quo to continue during the pendency of the litigation. Read the full ruling here 

  3. Background screening companies and employers take note of the updated model form used for employment screening purposes. The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection issued an updated model form for the "A Summary of Your Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act,” which is found on pages 28-31 of the interim final rule.

  4. On September 27th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a settlement with four companies for allegedly falsely claiming certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework. The Privacy Shield program is administered by the Department of Commerce to give companies a way to transfer personal data to the United States in a way that is compliant with European Union’s (EU) data protection standards. The FTC alleges that one of the four companies started its Privacy Shield certification, but never finished, and that the other three allowed their certifications to lapse. The companies allegedly falsely claimed that they were Privacy Shield certified on their websites. Read more about the settlements here.

  5. Italy enacted implementing legislation for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Italian Council of Ministers approved Legislative Decree 101/2018, which went into effect on September 19th. The Italian Decree harmonizes national laws with the European Union’s GDPR. For a full analysis, click here.


If you have any questions or need assistance on any point raised in this Compliance News Flash please contact:

Montserrat Miller  

Montserrat C. Miller
Partner, DC Office



The information presented provides a general summary and/or recent legal and regulatory developments. It is not intended to be, and should not be relied upon as legal advice.
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