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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Louisiana Adopts “Ban the Box”

Louisiana Adopts “Ban the Box” Louisiana has become one of 24 states that have now passed “ban the box” legislation, meaning that job applicants will be evaluated based on skills and interview conversations rather than just a check mark. Governor John Bel Edwards signed the bill on Wednesday prohibiting state employers from inquiring about the…

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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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Marijuana Laws 101: Things to Consider When Developing Your Organization’s Drug Policy

Marijuana Laws 101: Things to Consider When Developing Your Organization’s Drug Policy Maintaining a 100% drug free work place is the driving factor in developing your organization’s drug policy. Mandated compliance with federal law States with medical/recreational marijuana laws If the company has “safety” sensitive positions Handling positive tests for marijuana Not testing for just…

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How Employers Conduct an Individualized Assessment for Background Checks

It has been four years since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released their guidance on how employers should use criminal convictions reported on an employment background check. One of the major components highlighted in the guidance was the individualized assessment, and the importance of allowing the job candidate to explain any past criminal records;…

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Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Hit with FCRA Violation Claim

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Hit with FCRA Violation Claim New federal lawsuit alleges that Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) willfully violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state law by utilizing criminal records that exceed the seven-year reporting period set forth in the FCRA. The class action suit levied against the nation’s sixth…

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How to Background Check a Background Screening Vendor

How to Background Check a Background Screening Vendor Your organization has wisely decided to take a proactive approach to its hiring practice and implemented an employment background screening program. Now that the decision has been made to start doing background checks, your next step is to find a reputable background screening vendor. In the background…

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3 Steps to Background Check Applicants for Diploma Mills

3 Steps to Background Check Applicants for Diploma Mills 1.) Being Accredited by a Governing Body Being accredited by a governing body is one of the requirements that educational institutions must achieve in order to be able to provide services. The governing body usually consists of industry related associations like the American Dental Association or…

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Reviewing Background Checks with Hiring Candidates

Reviewing Background Checks with Hiring Candidates There is a new philosophy around conducting an individualized assessment with a candidate that has a criminal past that involves reviewing background checks. Its purpose is to determine if in fact the specific crime committed is grounds for disqualification from employment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a…

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5 Ways Criminal Background Checks Protect Against Negligent Hiring Lawsuits

It is estimated that a single negligent hiring claim can cost a company upwards of $500,000 in legal fees and fines. Not to mention the psychological toll a traumatic event can have on employees and management. One simple remedy that employers can use is implementing new hire criminal background checks. By consistently screening employees as…

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