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…

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Why Job Seekers Need Fair Chance Hiring Policies

Susan Stephens was a normal American who in 2007 was accused by an ex-husband of committing a crime that resulted in a felony charge. Her attorney at the time advised her to plead guilty assuring her that in her line of work (social worker) and no other previous crimes, this one conviction and probationary period…

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Whole Foods Violates FCRA

A class action lawsuit was filed against Whole Foods in Florida alleging Violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The suit filed on December 4, 2014 by a Tampa-based Whole Foods employee claims that the company’s background screening process violated the FCRA by failing to make proper disclosure and failing to obtain proper authorization…

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Who Are The Largest Background Screening Companies

Background screening companies have become very important in today’s world. Employers use background screening companies to check on potential employees, contractors, or in some cases interns or volunteers. These companies can check to see if what a person claims on an application or resume is the truth. Verifying previous employment, education, references, criminal backgrounds and…

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We Received a Criminal Record, Now What?

The hot button topic right now for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is whether to allow criminal background checks to factor into an employment decision. The EEOC feels that minorities are being discriminated against due to a previous criminal record, whether they were convicted of the crime or not. The EEOC has gone as…

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Waffle House Hit with Class Action Lawsuit for Violating the FCRA

Waffle House, one of the largest chain restaurants in the southeast, was hit with a class action lawsuit for violating the FCRA. The lead plaintiff in the case, William Jones, applied for employment at a Waffle House in Ormond Beach, Florida on December of 2014. He was denied employment due to inaccurate records reported by…

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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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USIS Conducting Screening on Navy Yard Shooter

USIS, the federal government contractor who vetted Whistleblower Edward Snowden also screened alleged Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis. In 2007, USIS conducted a background check on Alexis for his secret-level clearance. Due to confidentiality requirements USIS has with the federal government, they are prohibited from disclosing the results of Alexis’ background investigation. USIS was originally…

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Using Background Checks for Permissible Purposes

Employers Permissible Purpose for Using Background Checks When employers engage a third party company to conduct employment background checks, the first question that should be asked by the vendor is what your organization’s permissible purpose is for pulling these reports. The only logical answer for using background checks is for employment purposes; however, employers also…

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