Category: Background Screening

Spokeo Decision Saves Another Employer

Recently, a federal judge in Minnesota dismissed a class action lawsuit against Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Services citing Supreme Court ruling in Spokeo v. Robins. The plaintiff filed suit claiming she was not told the company was conducting a background check, she was not given information about who was running the check, and that there […]

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Sexual Abuse in USA Gymnastics

Over the past year, I’ve written several posts about sexual abuse in schools.  There’s no reason a school should hire someone who hasn’t had their background screened, to work with children. The same goes for anyone, in any industry, who works with kids. Giving someone that kind of responsibility, with that kind of authority, requires […]

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Sexual Misconduct: Stop “Passing the Trash”

For decades, when teachers were removed from schools for sexual misconduct they were allowed to quietly move on to the next school and resume their teaching careers. It is a practice so common it was referred to as “passing the trash.” This month Choate Rosemary Hall, an elite Connecticut boarding school, released a report that […]

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How a Hiring Technicality Can Land Companies in Court

A slew of lawsuits has been filed lately against companies accused of violating FCRA in their hiring processes. The most recent company to join that list is Starbucks Corp. for a violation in its adverse action process. A Colorado man named Jonathan Rosario filed a class action lawsuit against Starbucks after being denied a job […]

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California Tightens Background Screening for Uber, Lyft

Last week Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation forbidding companies like Uber and Lyft from hiring drivers with any violent felony convictions. This means ride-hailing companies must now conduct stricter background screens on all drivers. Previous background screens went back seven years. However, news of assaults by drivers in several states have prompted closer scrutiny of […]

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Sexual Abuse in Schools Can Be Prevented

  I’ve written a series of posts about sexual abuse in both public and private schools. It’s something I think about now as I send my own son back to school at the end of this month. He is in someone else’s hands for 7 hours a day and I have to believe that the […]

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Wolfe Partners with Mission Hospital and Project Search

When the HR director for Mission Hospital, one of our largest background screening clients, asked if we would be willing to partner with them on a project, we were intrigued.  They’d recently agreed to work with Project Search, an organization that helps mentally handicapped and disabled young adults learn job skills and secure competitive employment. […]

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How One of the Worst Pedophiles in History Got Away with It.

Several of my high school friends were taught by one of the worst pedophiles in history.  I didn’t know about it until one of them posted a link to this story from the Guardian on Facebook and wrote, “Oh My God. Mr. Vahey. Remember him?” Other friends chimed in that they did. They had been […]

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Court Ruling: Banning Felons from Employment is Unconstitutional

In a unanimous decision, a seven-judge panel in Pennsylvania struck down a state law that banned from employment as many as 200,000 people with criminal records. Deemed unconstitutional was part of the state’s Older Adult Protective Services Act because it was too broad in delineating the types of past crimes that disqualified people from working […]

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Your Background Screening Program and the EEOC

Background checks, particularly those that exclude an applicant based on criminal history, are facing increased scrutiny by the EEOC as they try to eliminate barriers in recruiting and hiring. The EEOC continues to advance its position that background checks should rarely be used, and only when relevant to the position in question. So far they […]

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