Nebraska Implements “Ban the Box”

Nebraska is now the eleventh state to implement legislation banning employers from asking job applicants about previous criminal activity on job applications. In a movement now known as “Ban the Box,” applicants will no longer have to disclose previous criminal activity until their potential employer has determined that the applicant has met the minimum job…

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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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Manhattan’s Basketball Coach Questionable Resume

The University of South Florida was in negotiations to hire Manhattan men’s basketball head coach Steve Masiello; however the deal was nixed as soon as South Florida discovered a discrepancy on Masiello’s resume during his pre-hiring background check. Mr. Masiello’s biography on Manhattan’s website claims that Masiello graduated from the University of Kentucky with a…

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Nationwide CRA Charged With Violating FCRA

A civil complaint was filed against a nationwide leading Credit Reporting Agency (CRA) for violating both Federal and State law by furnishing information to retailers about criminal cases involving suspicion of theft or fraud that did not result in a conviction. It is alleged that the CRA sold memberships to retailers who would provide information…

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Employment Background Checks Can Benefit Both Employers and Applicants Alike

More and more employers are using employment background checks to screen applicants in order to minimize potential legal and financial exposures. Rising concerns of workplace violence, negligent-hiring and wrongful termination lawsuits, and other problems are forcing many employers to make well informed hiring decisions. There are advantages for the employer including saving time and money,…

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Versik Analytics Settles Class Action Lawsuit

Two Verisk Analytics Inc. units have settled a class action lawsuit brought by job applicants claiming they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Intellicorp Records Inc. and Insurance Information Exchange LLC have been ordered to pay $18 million dollars to settle three class action lawsuits claiming the companies violated federal law by providing incorrect,…

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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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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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Nevada Now Regulates Use of Credit Reports

Nevada is now the 10th state to regulate employer use of consumer credit reports as part of the background screening process. Senate Bill No. 127 which went into effect on October 1, 2013 states that “Relating of employment practices; prohibiting employers from conditioning employment on a consumer credit report or other credit information; providing remedies…

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USIS Conducting Screening on Navy Yard Shooter

USIS, the federal government contractor who vetted Whistleblower Edward Snowden also screened alleged Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis. In 2007, USIS conducted a background check on Alexis for his secret-level clearance. Due to confidentiality requirements USIS has with the federal government, they are prohibited from disclosing the results of Alexis’ background investigation. USIS was originally…

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