Posts Tagged: criminal records

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 »

One in Four Adults Would “Fail” a Criminal Record Check: A Lesson for Employers

One in four adults in the United States has a criminal record.  That’s a pretty startling statistic when you think about your latest applicant pool. Chances are high that you are interacting with quite a few applicants, candidates, and even employees with some type of criminal background. For some organizations, this news is startling enough… Read more »

Here’s News that Job Seekers with Criminal Records Can Feel Good About

A current survey shows applicants with a criminal record are getting some breaks in employment.  This survey concurs with the most recent EEOC guidelines and also supports Proforma’s approach to the appropriate use of criminal records in the employment screening process. Every year 560,000 people are released from prison into the parole system. The good… Read more »

NCLC Report Says Errors by Criminal Background Check Providers Harm Workers and Businesses

When things go wrong in the workplace – whether violence, theft, accidents, or worse – the conversation inevitably turns to what could have been done to prevent it and what more we should have known about the people involved. This is one reason why background checks are utilized by more than 90% of corporate America… Read more »

InsideCounsel Reports on Hot Topics in Pre-Employment Screening

Carrie B. Rosen, member of the labor and employment practice group at Cozen O’Connor and contributor to InsideCounsel.com wrote a two-part series highlighting current hot topics in pre-employment screening. Besides the fact that we feel pretty amazing to be part of an industry that has just been mentioned alongside the word “hot,” we also found… Read more »

Texas State Criminal Records Prove Why Employment Screening Databases Are Suspect

The state of Texas has quite the reputation for being tough on criminals. But it apparently also has quite a problem when it comes to keeping track of its criminal records. The Star Telegram recently reported the results of a state audit that revealed significant gaps in the state’s criminal records database. According to the… Read more »

Philadelphia to Enact “Ban the Box” Law for Employment Applications

The recently announced Philadelphia law, which will go into effect on July 17th, 2011 will “ban the box” on employment applications. The “box” in question is the question commonly found on employment applications that asks applicants to check if they’ve been convicted of a crime. What does the “ban the box” law say, specifically? The… Read more »