With the proliferation of Ban the Box laws in states and cities across the nation, we thought it would be a good idea to try to summarize the movement.
Posts Tagged: FCRA
In the past, lawsuits based on FCRA class action used to be targeted toward the large credit bureaus, but now savvy lawyers are using the regulations to go after all kinds of corporations.
The problem with routine background checks… As long as nothing bad happens, you are “rewarded” for doing inadequate background checks. But there are several major problems with shallow or poorly designed background checks.
Publix joins a growing list of companies that have settled class action lawsuits that alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). In this settlement, Publix admits to no violations of FCRA, but does agree to pay a total of $6.8 million. The issue in the case was the assertion that Publix failed to provide adequate… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Both employers and employees have questions about how background checks work, and how the law regulates them. It’s not always easy to get clear answers because there are so many agencies and stakeholders involved. A good place to start in understanding background checks is to know how the Federal Trade Commission’s and Consumer Financial Protection… Read more »
Since 9/11 the number of background checks performed on job applicants and employees has ballooned, for reasons ranging from heightened security concerns to legal mandates to conduct background checks. Coinciding with this, the amount of digital information available about individuals has increased many times over, and the Internet has given us easier access to it…. Read more »
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 »
In the past week the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors passed an aggressive version of Ban the Box legislation. This new ordinance would go beyond many similar laws to include private businesses, and it explicitly incorporates provisions taken from the 2012 EEOC guidance on the use of criminal records in hiring. The “Fair Chance”… Read more »