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Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Hit with FCRA Violation Claim

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Hit with FCRA Violation Claim New federal lawsuit alleges that Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) willfully violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state law by utilizing criminal records that exceed the seven-year reporting period set forth in the FCRA. The class action suit levied against the nation’s sixth…

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How to Background Check a Background Screening Vendor

How to Background Check a Background Screening Vendor Your organization has wisely decided to take a proactive approach to its hiring practice and implemented an employment background screening program. Now that the decision has been made to start doing background checks, your next step is to find a reputable background screening vendor. In the background…

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5 Things to Consider When Hiring Candidates with a Criminal Background

5 Things to Consider When Hiring Candidates with a Criminal Background Hiring candidates with a criminal background may be a tough gig, but people make mistakes. Whether or not their age, economic gain, or peer pressure were involved, certain factors can contribute to an applicant having a criminal past. Their lapse in judgment could result…

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Dave and Buster’s Involved in FCRA Class Action Lawsuit

An FCRA class action lawsuit has been filed against popular restaurant, Dave and Buster’s, for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Joseph Alvarez alleges that he applied for employment at the organization’s Orlando, FL location earlier this year. Upon receiving the final results from the background check performed on Joseph Alvarez, Dave and Busters…

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New Changes on Screening Federal Government Employees

New Changes on Screening Federal Government Employees The Defense Department had decided to step in and take responsibility for protecting and storing sensitive personal information on millions of federal employees. Until now, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was the entity responsible for housing the data and conducting investigations on federal personnel. The Obama Administration…

Your New Year’s Resolution for HR

Resolution #1: Updating your Employment Background Screening Policy Successful employers review their business plan on an annual basis and make necessary changes relative to what transpired over the preceding year. One of the most crucial parts of any organization’s business plan is Human Resources, specifically the hiring process. Each year companies must be aware of…

Five Ways to Stay on Top of Changing Compliance Laws

1. Who are the “experts” regarding compliance? National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) is the only trade association dedicated to consumer reporting agencies (CRA) that exists to foster proper business practices, compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and equal employment opportunity as well as state and international consumer protection laws pertaining to the…

New Legislation will Ban the Box for Federal Jobs

The federal government is jumping onto the “ban the box” band wagon that has taken the U.S. by storm. A group of bipartisan lawmakers revealed a new bill that claims to give former incarcerated people a fair chance of gaining employment with the federal government. The Fair Chance Act will follow current ban the box…

Oregon Adopts “Ban the Box”

The state legislature of Oregon has already had a busy year passing laws pertaining to paid sick leave, non-compete agreements and social media employee privacy. Now Governor Kate Brown has signed into law House Bill 3025, restricting employers from inquiring about an applicant’s previous criminal history on an employment application (the law take effect January…