EEOC Case Dismissed Against Kaplan

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was dealt a huge blow when it experienced a dismissal of its claim against Kaplan Higher Education Corp. The EEOC alleged that Kaplan violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act through taking into account applicants’ credit history when making an employment decision. The decision handed down by…

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Consumer Reporting Agencies Hit with $13 Million Class Action Lawsuit

Two of the largest employment background screening companies in the U.S. have been hit with a $13 million class action lawsuit for failing to ensure that they provided accurate information to employers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Thursday that General Information Services and its affiliate backgroundchecks.com potentially violated consumers’ eligibility for employment and…

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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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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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Company Fined $34 Million for Violating I9 Forms

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that it has fined Infosys Limited (INFY) $34 million for violating immigration-related status on I-9 forms. The technology, consulting and outsourcing company based in India has been under investigation by the DOJ since May 2011, when it received a subpoena ordering Infosys to disclose records pertaining to…

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Commonly Used Background Screening Acronyms Defined

Learn Background Screening Acronyms Used by HR and Management When employers conduct employment background checks, they will find that this industry utilizes a great deal of acronyms that can cause a myriad of questions for businesses wanting to conduct compliant background checks. Due to the constant regulations being imposed on background screening organizations, employers must…

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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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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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