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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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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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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Top 4 Background Screening Trends for 2017

“Ban the Box” It is only a matter of time until employers will have to completely do away with the question on an employment application inquiring about previous criminal convictions. Currently over 100 jurisdictions and the federal government acknowledge the “ban the box” movement. Employers should be proactive and jump on the bandwagon! Compliance and…

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Texas Challenges EEOC Criminal Background Check Guidance

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit dealt the EEOC a major blow in regards to their 2012 “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment under Title VII.” On June 27, 2016, the court remanded back to the district court the case that was dismissed in 2014. In…

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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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