engaging a background screening organization

FCRA Compliance with the 7 Year Rule

Regulations for Criminal History Background Screening There are many people currently in distress over the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) 7 year’s criminal history regulations. There seem to be issues on both sides of the fence. Both smaller and larger firms have had a recent history of committing infractions of the FCRA regulations. In December…

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…

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…

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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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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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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Dave and Buster’s Involved in FCRA Class Action Lawsuit

An FCRA class action lawsuit has been filed against popular restaurant, Dave and Buster’s, for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Joseph Alvarez alleges that he applied for employment at the organization’s Orlando, FL location earlier this year. Upon receiving the final results from the background check performed on Joseph Alvarez, Dave and Busters…

Top 10 Mistakes When Conducting Background Checks

Leave it to the experts! Employers may conduct their backgrounds checks “in house” as opposed to using a reputable nationwide employment screening firm. This is a bad idea unless the employer has an internal expert on federal and state laws pertaining to background checks. Save time and money by hiring a third-party company. Do not…

12 Crucial Components Every Human Resources Professional Must Know About Employment Background Screening

Number 1 – It starts with the Policy! As with any company procedure, a nondiscriminatory background screening policy is mandatory to deter any claims of discrimination brought against the company. The background screening policy will help employers with the following: Reduce claims of discriminatory treatment brought by applicants who have not passed the employment background…