Posts Tagged: FTC

Avoiding the Perils of Social Media Employment “Checks”

A few months ago, Facebook announced that it had 128 million daily unique users in the United States. That’s over 1/3 of the population who viewed, updated, and shared personal bits of information with a network of “friends”, each of whom has his or her own network. Inevitably, a lot of the people on Facebook—and… Read more »

EEOC and FTC Publish Guides on Using Employment Background Checks

Some time ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the publication of “joint tips” on using background checks in hiring. One of the two co-published guides is for employers, titled Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know. The other is for job applicants and employees: Background Checks: What Job… 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 »

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 »

Background Screening Companies Are Being Scrutinized

How is Your Background Check Firm Measuring Up? If your company is similar to 90% of the corporations across the United States, it relies on background checks as part of the hiring process. Background screening, which may include criminal records, credit histories, driving records, employment verifications, and reference checks, is considered a valuable resource to… 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 »

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 »