Few things are more nerve-wracking than an unexpected background check. Whether you are interviewing for a new job, signing a lease on an apartment or applying for a volunteer opportunity, waiting on results may cause some stress.
Congrats, you’ve scored tickets to see Super Bowl LIII! However, if you waited too long to book your trip to Atlanta, you probably couldn’t find an affordable nearby hotel.
Most people, especially those of the generations that grew up with social media, have a digital past they’d rather erase. Think Myspace (your “Top 8” is likely not the same now), Tumblr accounts (including all of the emo song lyrics you reblogged after that high school breakup), or embarrassing old Facebook photos (like the ones from wild college parties).
It is to be expected that people meeting for the first time will often do some due diligence beforehand, whether the context is dating, business proposals or otherwise.
If you’re familiar with Dirty John, you might think it seems far fetched and there’s no way it could happen to you. The popular podcast and newspaper series is based on a true story, and recently it was turned into a Bravo TV series.
If you’re like most Americans, you’re active on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Reddit, and more. The information you post on these accounts can reveal a lot about you.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law primarily concerns public records held by federal agencies and does not necessarily create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or state or local governments, though there are comparable state statutes, which nevertheless enable the various states to administer which of their public documents can be seen and which are protected.
When your loved ones ask for help, your first instinct is probably to say yes, no matter the situation. No one wants to turn down a family member or friend in need, but constantly sacrificing your resources can become a dangerous cycle.
Part of the reason we have the Freedom of Information Act and public records law is to create accountability for those who govern us in the United States.
Portland, Oregon-based reporter Beth Slovic never imagined that a simple request for public records would lead to a lengthy legal battle. In November 2016, Slovic, who was working as a freelance journalist, asked Portland Public Schools to provide a list of employees who were currently on paid administrative leave.
As we discussed in a previous blog, one of the major challenges of living in a tiny home is finding where exactly to live.
Have you ever come across this situation? You know someone has been arrested or convicted of a crime, but it’s not appearing on their public record.