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Applicant Interface added to InstaScreen Premiere 2.0 as QuickApp2

SALT LAKE CITY — (June 30, 2009) —
Streamlining workflow and compliance has always been at the forefront of the TazWorks platform. In 2006, the applicant interface feature was developed allowing end-user clients to avoid the issues involved with collecting personal identifiers (including DOB).
Today, TazWorks announced the release of the Applicant Interface for InstaScreen Premiere 2.0. The new version of the Applicant Interface will be dubbed QuickApp™ 2. With QuickApp™ 2, applicants will complete an online application by entering personal identifiers and other relevant information, such as references and work history. The application is then submitted as ready for processing in InstaScreen. The online application is customizable and includes a disclosure, authorization, digital signature, and input of the applicant identifiers over a secure, SSL encrypted Internet connection.
Industry concern surrounding the Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as well as various state civil rights laws, has caused concern for companies when requesting age or date of birth, as this tends to deter older applicants from applying. Many states have rules that prohibit an employer, either directly or through an agent, from seeking or receiving information that reveals date of birth and age before an offer is made.
Not collecting an applicant’s DOB, however, also presents unique issues. When researching court records, the date of birth is probably the most important identifier needed, since many court records do not contain Social Security Numbers. In some jurisdictions, a criminal search cannot be conducted without a date of birth, while in many states, a date of birth is the key piece of identifying data on motor vehicle records.
Although it is a common misinterpretation, neither the ADEA (Age Discrimination Employment Act) nor the Federal Age Discrimination Act of 1967 prohibits asking for date of birth or age. However, an EEOC ruling indicates that such requests would be closely scrutinized to ensure a legitimate permissible purpose. The EEOC also indicated that the reason for asking for date of birth should be clearly disclosed so that older applicants are not deterred from applying. (details available at www.eeoc.gov/types/age.html)
Disclaimer: While TazWorks strives diligently to provide a variety of options and methods by which to collect information, we are not, and do not claim to be, lawyers and/or legal experts. Nothing in this email or provided by TazWorks should be deemed as legal guidance or advice. Users are solely responsible for complying with all local, state, and federal laws as they may relate to any information provided in this email.
About Tazworks:
TazWorks is a trusted industry leader, exceeding the technology needs of companies in the Background Screening Industry.
InstaScreen Premiere 2.0™ is the most advanced, full-featured, user friendly web-based software available. No one else comes close to offering InstaScreen’s simple and powerful solutions to background screening companies nationwide. TazWorks not only gives your business the best technology available, we cater to our clients needs with outstanding service and attention to every detail.
Learn more about TazWorks by visiting http://www.tazworks.com/
For further information on Tazwork’s new InstaScreen Premiere 2.0™ and to learn more about how the company can assist customers improve their efforts in the background check industry, contact sales at 801.572.7401 Ext 3 or contact us. Read more about InstaScreen Premiere 2.0™

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