Using Background Checks for Permissible Purposes

Employers Permissible Purpose for Using Background Checks When employers engage a third party company to conduct employment background checks, the first question that should be asked by the vendor is what your organization’s permissible purpose is for pulling these reports. The only logical answer for using background checks is for employment purposes; however, employers also…

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Connecticut Jumps on the “Ban the Box” Bandwagon

Connecticut has become the latest state to implement a statewide “ban the box” legislation banning employers from asking job applicants about previous criminal activity “at the onset of the employment process.” The new law titled Public Act No. 16-83, “An Act Concerning Fair Chance Employment,” states that employers may still conduct criminal background checks; however…

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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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L.A. City Fair Chance Act Aims to Help Ex-Felons

As a way to help ex-felons obtain jobs, avoid relapse, and allow successful integration back into the job market, the city of Los Angeles, CA is considering a proposed law that will bar employers from asking applicants for their criminal history on applications. Similar legislation has been passed in more than 50 cities and states,…

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Previous Salary History Questions in Massachusetts

Employers in Massachusetts may no longer inquire about previous salary history during an interview. The Pay Equity law requires commonwealth employers to compensate men and women equally based on comparable work. The law also prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their previous salary history as part of the screening process. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito…

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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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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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