Colorado Restricts Employers Use of Credit Reports

On April 19, 2013, Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 13-018 which significantly restricts employers from using consumer credit reports in making an employment decision. Colorado became the ninth state (after California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington) to regulate employers’ use of consumer credit reports in the hiring process. The…

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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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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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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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Response to the “Today Show” Segment on Background Checks

Last week the Today Show ran a segment that criticized background screening firms for making outrageous errors and costing people potential jobs. As a professional background screener, I take my work seriously. I understand that ratings and page hits bring in ad-revenue, but I feel that the information discussed during this segment was borderline irresponsible.…

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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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