Posts Tagged: Fair Credit Reporting Act

[Infographic] So, You’re Getting Background Checked? What You Need to Know

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Our clients, the employers who rely on us to perform background checks on their job candidates, often also ask us for advice on how best to convey and explain the process to their prospective employees. We’ve taken the opportunity to create an infographic for this exact purpose. And here’s what we have to say to… Read more »

Public Policy to Employer: Hire More Ex-Offenders

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Make no mistake about it: employment law aims to get employers to hire ex-offenders. At the Federal level, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) combine for a one-two punch that targets the outcomes of hiring as well as the hiring process itself.

NYC Extends ‘Ban the Box’ to Private Businesses

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New York City has had a Ban the Box type ordinance in place for city employees since 2011, and on June 10th an overwhelming majority of the City Council passed a version of the law to cover private employers with 4 or more employees as well. With this law, NYC joins over 100 cities and… Read more »

No Harm, No Foul? Not Necessarily When it Comes to Background Screening

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At first glance, the case of Spokeo, Inc. vs. Robins is a seemingly straightforward case. But it contains larger issues that might affect employers who use background screening firms, those firms themselves (rather, ourselves), and possibly employers more broadly. The fact that the case has been accepted on appeal for hearing next term by the… Read more »

4 Ways to Stay Out of the FCRA Line of Fire

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The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is over 40 years old, but it is only recently that the number of class action lawsuits alleging violations of it have spiked. And unlike traditional legal actions the FTC took against credit bureaus and reporting agencies, these more recent lawsuits target check authorization services, banks, retailers, grocers, and… Read more »

FTC to Employers: The FCRA Covers Employment Screening

Two recent settlements announced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) drive home the point and serve as an important reminder that employment background screening is subject to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). You, as an employer, should understand how the FCRA relates to your employment screening program and ensure that your consumer reporting… Read more »

Employment Screening and the Role of Fairness

Author: Michael Gaul The other day, I arrived at the office greeted by news related to three separate lawsuits involving employment screening companies, their employer-customers, and applicants trying to gain employment. Each of these suits involves a complex web of legal issues and accusations – one involving an alleged  failure to follow adverse action notification… Read more »