School Bus Safety Laws To Tighten in New Jersey

New School Bus Safety Laws in New Jersey New Jersey Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen District 37) and Connie Wagner (D-Bergan District 38) are working to strengthen existing state bus safety laws by requiring background checks on all school bus aides (employees who monitor and maintain safety on school buses). The existing law only requires…

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Social Media Searches Now Factored into College Admissions Decisions

Universities and colleges are now jumping on the social media bandwagon in hopes of using sites such as Facebook and Twitter to screen their prospective students. According to a recent Kaplan survey, 41% of law school admissions employees have searched social media sites to learn more about the applicants. The survey covered 128 of 200…

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Spokeo Charged with Violating FCRA

Spokeo, a data broker that gathers and sells information profiles on millions of consumers, will have to pay $800,000 fine to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charge. The Federal Trade Commission alleges that Spokeo violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by marketing its services to recruiters, Human Resource departments, and Background Screening companies…

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HireRight Ordered to pay $2.6 Million for Multiple FCRA Violations

HireRight Solutions, an employment background screening company has been ordered to pay $2.6 million to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that claimed HireRight.com violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to use reasonable procedures to assure the maximum possible accuracy of information contained in their reports. This marks the second largest civil…

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Michigan Court Awards $22 Million Dollar Diploma Mill Lawsuit

A federal Judge for the Eastern District Court of Michigan recently awarded plaintiffs in a civil class action lawsuit $22,783,500.00. The plaintiffs in the case were 33,500 U.S. residents who were deceived into purchasing fraudulent high schools diplomas from “Belford High School”. “Belford High School” and “Belford University” are both based in Pakistan. Belford sold…

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Federal Contractor USIS Failed To Conduct Adequate Background Check

Last month US Senator Claire McCaskill announced at a Senate hearing, that government contractor USIS conducted a background check on Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor suspected of treason. In 2011 USIS performed a background investigation on Mr. Snowden for a security clearance; the company is now under criminal investigation for systemic failure to adequately conduct…

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EEOC Discrimination Lawsuit Dismissed

Score one for the employer! Last week U.S. District Court of Maryland Judge Roger Titus granted Freeman’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed the case of EEOC vs. Freeman. Freeman, a leading integrated marketing solutions provider was slapped with a lawsuit by the EEOC back in 2009. The EEOC claimed that Freeman discriminated against African…

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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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