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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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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Career Plaintiff Sets Up Employers Who Violate the FCRA

Career Plaintiff or “Professional Applicant Sets Up Employers Who Violate the FCRA  A 33 year old man of Green Bay, Wisconsin is a career plaintiff that has threatened to sue over 46 organizations that had elected to perform an employment background check on him as part of their hiring process. Cory Groshek has applied to…

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California Passes “Ban the Box” Legislation

Add California to the list of states that have passed a law to “ban the box” (i.e. prohibiting employers’ from asking about applicants’ previous criminal history on a job application). Effective July 1, 2014, Assembly Bill 218 introduced by Sacramento Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, requires public employers to determine a job applicant’s minimum qualifications before…

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Background Screening Policy

When Creating Your Company’s New Hire Process From “ban the box” compliance to position specific searches, here are five important items to add to your organization’s background screening policy: Ban the Box Compliance – It is only a matter of time before every employer nationwide must adhere to “ban the box” regulations; be proactive and…

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Avoid Relying on FBI Fingerprint Reports for Background Checks

Avoid Relying on FBI Fingerprint Reports for Background Checks Majority of states require certain industries (i.e. schools, churches, in home health care, etc.) to utilize Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint reports as part of the hiring process. A new study has revealed major flaws associated with these types of…

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7 Recommended Prerequisites for Engaging a Background Screening Organization

Due Diligence When Hiring a Background Screening Organization 1.) Online Presence and Branding First impressions are everything, especially when selecting vendors for hire. There are many different matters to consider when engaging a background screening organization to provide vital information such as employment background checks. The employment background check industry is relatively new and it…

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