Verifying Current Employment?…Be Very Careful Conducting Background Checks

Be careful when seeking new employment while trying not to notify a current employer. When clients order a background screening report requesting that we verify current employment for a potential new hire, we, as a courtesy, reconfirm with the client that we have the applicant’s permission to do so. There is potential liability for contacting…

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Banking Institution for Violating the FCRA

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Capital One for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act. On December 6, 2011, Nichols Kaster, PLLP, filed the lawsuit on behalf of Kevin Smith, accusing Capital One of violating two sections of the FCRA. The first alleges that Capital One’s disclosure and authorization form is flawed, purposely…

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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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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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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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