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

A Wisconsin man has threatened to sue over 46 companies that had elected to perform an employment background check on him as part of the hiring process.  Cory Groshek, 33, of Green Bay has applied to over 562 jobs in an 18-month span, one of which included Time Warner Cable.  In January of 2015 Cory…

Waffle House Hit with Class Action Lawsuit for Violating FCRA

Waffle House one of the largest chain restaurants in the southeast was hit with a class action lawsuit for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  The lead plaintiff in the case William Jones applied at a Waffle House in Ormond Beach, FL in December of 2014, and was denied employment due to inaccurate records…

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Hit with FCRA Violation Claim

New Federal lawsuit alleges that Southeastern Pennsylvania Authority Transit Authority (SEPTA) willfully violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state law by utilizing criminal records that exceed the 7 year reporting period set forth in the FCRA.  The class action suit levied against the nation’s sixth largest public transportation system claims that SEPTA rejected…

5 Ways Criminal Background Checks Protect Against Negligent Hiring Lawsuits

It’s 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…

Dave and Buster’s Involved in FCRA Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit has been filed against popular restaurant Dave and Busters for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Joseph Alvarez alleges that he applied for employment at the companies Orlando, Florida location earlier this year. Upon receiving final results from the background check performed on Mr. Alvarez Dave and Busters decided to…

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…