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My client owns a transportation company searching for new employees. He would like me to build an online job application webpage with fields to fill in and submit. He would also like permission from the potential candidates to do a background check and look at their past driving record.

Hereís the problem, he is looking to me to give him legal advice as to what you can and canít do (regarding job applications) over the internet in the US and the state of Iowa.

I advised him I would look into it but my efforts are in vein. I would need to pay for legal council to find out what I can and canít do. Plus I think it is not responsible for him to rely on his web designer for legal advice.

Anyone have any thoughts or advice on this? Where do my responsibilities end and begin? How should I handle this?

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So now you are looking here for us to give you legal advice?

Contact a lawyer or have him contact a lawyer.

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So now you are looking here for us to give you legal advice?

Contact a lawyer or have him contact a lawyer.
LOL! That really gave me a good laugh.. .not your answer to the OP, but :
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I advised him I would look into it but my efforts are in vein. I would need to pay for legal council to find out what I can and canít do. Plus I think it is not responsible for him to rely on his web designer for legal advice.
I mean... seriously? Priceless.

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Do not touch this with a 10 ft pole.
You would be so open to legal problems yourself.

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Absolutely walk away. If the client does not know what the hiring laws govern, he shouldn't be running a business. HR rules and state laws are constantly changing and the "Business" needs to be on top of this. I agree with DavidH, it would open you up to potential legal issues.

IANAL but I am a web designer

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I agree with the above, refuse all responsibility; and if the client insists, quit the job.

I know that sounds extreme, but if you don't you may well find yourself accused of being the Party At Fault in several confidentiality cases; and I don't know what the equivalent law(s) in America is/are, but I know here in Britain breaching the Data Protection Act can land you with something like a £10'000 fine and/or an absolute minimum of 6 months imprisonment per infringement. I imagine the penalties in America would be comparable.

For my purposes as an engineering undergraduate; Windows is respectable (& generally necessary), Linux is admirable (& often useful), OS X is enjoyable (& requires no further justification, although plenty could be given)!
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