background checks

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

In the wake of recent mass and police shootings, Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says Congress may be gearing up to consider more gun legislation. But, Whitehouse cautions that he has seen similar efforts fail before.

Whitehouse says he’s hopeful about legislation that would restrict people who are on anti-terrorism no-fly lists from buying guns. It's currently in limbo. Still, Whitehouse says the outlook is promising for gun control advocates.

The Bottom Line: Employee Background Checks

May 6, 2016

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave chat with Christine Cunneen, co-founder and CEO of Johnston-based Hire Image, a company specializing in background screenings for job applicants. 

Their conversation delves into what employers seek in a background check, what job seekers should know about social media and disclosing their past history to a potential employer, and the legal limitations on background reporting.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed the “ban the box” legislation into law.

Here's one piece of legislation proposed by Attorney General Peter Kilmartin today as part of a package of gun safety bills:

Kilmartin: Expand Background Checks for Nursing Homes

Mar 7, 2013
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin wants to institute a national background check for nursing home workers. Federal grant money – and some extra costs for nursing homes – are at stake.