Philadelphia Prohibits Employers From Asking About Criminal History

Philadelphia will soon adopt legislation that will prohibit employers from asking about criminal history on an employment application. The measure, which is attempting to “ban the box” has been brought forward by civil rights groups to allow ex-offenders a second chance for gainful employment. Benjamin Todd Jealous, President of the NAACP, states that “Americans believe…

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Company Settles for $2.6 Million for Violating the FCRA

A trucking company has settled in a class action law suit claiming they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Vitran Express Inc. agreed on Tuesday to pay $2.6 million to settle the lawsuit, which claimed Vitran didn’t disclose to job applicants that criminal background checks were going to be conducted on them. Employers are required…

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K-Mart Settles Class Action Suit for $3 Million Dollars

You can now add K-Mart to the list of big businesses that have fined for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The major retailer reached a settlement that will pay three million dollars in damages to more than 64,500 members of a class-action suit. The lawsuit alleged that K-Mart violated federal law by failing to…

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Employee Turnover by Industries

Posted on April 17, 2013 by cfarzad Reduce Employee Turnover by conducting employment background checks on all new hires. Certain industries experience higher turnover then others, retail for example has a 30% turnover rate. Below are turnover percentages based on industry: Retail 30% Utilities 14% Travel/Hotel 26% Health Svc 20% Government 15% *Bureau of National…

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Negative Impact of Social Networking Sites on Job Applicants

I’m sure everyone has heard of Twitter, Facebook and Youtube (and if you haven’t, please lift up that rock that you are under). Social Networking Sites have dominated the internet in recent years and continue to grow by leaps and bounds. Social networking powerhouse and industry leader Facebook originally was created for it’s user to…

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Company Fined $34 Million for Violating I9 Forms

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that it has fined Infosys Limited (INFY) $34 million for violating immigration-related status on I-9 forms. The technology, consulting and outsourcing company based in India has been under investigation by the DOJ since May 2011, when it received a subpoena ordering Infosys to disclose records pertaining to…

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Versik Analytics Settles Class Action Lawsuit

Two Verisk Analytics Inc. units have settled a class action lawsuit brought by job applicants claiming they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Intellicorp Records Inc. and Insurance Information Exchange LLC have been ordered to pay $18 million dollars to settle three class action lawsuits claiming the companies violated federal law by providing incorrect,…

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Employment Background Checks Can Benefit Both Employers and Applicants Alike

More and more employers are using employment background checks to screen applicants in order to minimize potential legal and financial exposures. Rising concerns of workplace violence, negligent-hiring and wrongful termination lawsuits, and other problems are forcing many employers to make well informed hiring decisions. There are advantages for the employer including saving time and money,…

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Manhattan’s Basketball Coach Questionable Resume

The University of South Florida was in negotiations to hire Manhattan men’s basketball head coach Steve Masiello; however the deal was nixed as soon as South Florida discovered a discrepancy on Masiello’s resume during his pre-hiring background check. Mr. Masiello’s biography on Manhattan’s website claims that Masiello graduated from the University of Kentucky with a…

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