Posts Tagged: FCRA

What You Need to Know about the FTC’s Latest Settlement of FCRA Charges

A company that compiled and sold criminal record reports has entered into a settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission as a result of charges that it operated as a consumer reporting agency without taking consumer protection measures required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The FTC’s agreement containing consent order is the first… Read more »

The Positive Side of a Negative Reference Check

According to SHRM, 96% of organizations use reference checks as a screening and selection tool, yet admittedly many experts question the value of reference checks as a valid indicator of job performance. Reference checks have been criticized for their declining value to employers as many companies establish policies against divulging anything more than basic information… Read more »

3 Good Reasons to Revisit Your Employment Screening Practices

There are some very compelling reasons to take a fresh look at your employment screening programs as recent developments in the regulatory environment combine to increase the risks associated with improper hiring practices. Here are three significant trends: 1. Increased Enforcement of Criminal Records Screening Practices The EEOC’s updated guidance on the use of criminal… Read more »

3 Questions that Can Keep Your Background Screening Practices off the Front Page

Unfortunately, the old adage, “There is no such thing as bad publicity” doesn’t always ring true. In today’s tight job market, the slightest hint of an unfair hiring practice will travel fast into the headlines and even faster into the courtroom. The recent could-be class action case against Advance Auto exemplifies what can happen if… Read more »

The Days of Raw Criminal Database Reporting Are Waning

The human resources community and the employment screening industry have been buzzing lately about the second largest Fair Credit Reporting Act settlement penalty in history recently handed down to a background screening provider for multiple FCRA violations.  The $2.6M settlement sent a resounding message that the practice of putting a name in a system and… Read more »

[SLIDESHOW] The Triple Threat to Your Employment Background Screening Program

Does your background screening program hold up against the threats of regulation, legislation, and litigation? We recently presented a two-part series on the “triple threat” of EEOC and FTC regulation, state and federal legislation, and private party litigation in the context of corporate employment background screening programs. A slideshow combining both parts of the series… Read more »

Test Your FCRA Knowledge for Employment Screening

When your company has a job to fill or when you’re considering promoting or reassigning employees from within, a background check is often a requirement.  Employment background checks can assist you in making a final decision among a narrowed-down group of applicants or candidates by verifying that the candidate meets established job-related criteria. Employment background… Read more »

Can Your Background Screening Program Pass These 6 Tests?

We know that employers use background screening to mitigate risks, make better employment decisions, and enhance the safety and productivity of their workforces.  But we also know that employment screening isn’t a panacea for bringing in only the most “perfect” people.  In fact, there’s a fair amount of controversy over the whole process.  Much of… Read more »

The “Triple Threat” Has New Meaning for Your Background Screening Program

As we near the final stretch of the NBA playoffs, we have an apt analogy for a discussion of the “triple threat” facing today’s employers. In basketball, defenders must be prepared for an offensive player in the triple threat position to pass, dribble, or shoot. In today’s employment setting, companies are faced with the triple… Read more »