Five Ways to Stay on Top of Changing Compliance Laws

1. Who are the “experts” regarding compliance? National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) is the only trade association dedicated to consumer reporting agencies (CRA) that exists to foster proper business practices, compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and equal employment opportunity as well as state and international consumer protection laws pertaining to the…

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5 Ways to Avoid Seasonal Hiring Pitfalls

Each year, U.S. retailers lose over $37 billion in stolen products, according to FBI statistics. A large portion of this theft occurs during the holiday season, from October to December when retailers are stocking up for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas shoppers. As customers fill their stores in droves, retailers have a major seasonal hiring push…

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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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New Legislation will Ban the Box for Federal Jobs

The federal government is jumping onto the “ban the box” band wagon that has taken the U.S. by storm. A group of bipartisan lawmakers revealed a new bill that claims to give former incarcerated people a fair chance of gaining employment with the federal government. The Fair Chance Act will follow current ban the box…

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The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Employment Background Screening

From an internal investigation at work to children writing stories in their 3rd grade classes, we all need to know the “who, what, where, when and why” (“how” we will leave off for this blog) of any situation. I felt by explaining employment background checks in the same way, it would simplify the process for…

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Oregon Adopts “Ban the Box”

The state legislature of Oregon has already had a busy year passing laws pertaining to paid sick leave, non-compete agreements and social media employee privacy. Now Governor Kate Brown has signed into law House Bill 3025, restricting employers from inquiring about an applicant’s previous criminal history on an employment application (the law take effect January…

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Employers Use of Drug Screening Medical Marijuana Appplicants

In a landmark decision by the Colorado Supreme Court, it has been ruled that even though marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado, federally it still considered an illegal drug which would violate employers’ right to keep a drug free workplace. The decision stems from a five year legal battle involving Brandon Coats, a…

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New York Passes Law Restricting Credit Reports

New York is now the ninth state who has passed legislation restricting employers from utilizing applicant’s credit history when making an employment decision. Last week, Mayor de Blasio signed legislation NYC Int. 0261-A-2014, which amends the NYC Human Rights Law stating that it is an “unlawful discriminatory practice for employers to request or consider the…

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LinkedIn Not Considered a CRA

A federal judge in the Northern District of California dismissed a case brought by four plaintiffs last fall claiming that LinkedIn was operating as a consumer reporting agency (CRA). The plaintiffs claim that the site’s feature “Search for References” constitutes as a consumer report under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). By accessing this information,…

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