Tag: 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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Your Applicant’s Resume: Fact or Fiction?

Recently a group of reporters and editors from the student newspaper at a Pittsburg high school found the credentials of their new high school’s head principal weren’t up to par. Their weeks-long investigation has earned the students praise in the national media and has caused the hiring committee some embarrassment. In the student’s research, they […]

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Are You Mishandling Consumer Information?

Have you heard of the Disposal Rule? If you handle applicant data, especially consumer reports from background screens, you should know that how you dispose of such information matters…a lot. If you handle sensitive information, it’s your responsibility to protect the privacy of the applicant and reduce the risk of fraud and identity theft. The Disposal […]

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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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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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10 Tips to Prevent Workplace Violence

While workplace homicides have declined from 518 incidents in 2010 to 404 in 2013, workplace violence is still a cause for concern among employers. And homicides represent a small number of workplace violence incidents. On a daily basis employees/managers have to deal with cases of assaults, domestic violence, stalking, threats, harassment (to include sexual harassment), […]

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What is “Adverse Action”?

And why does it matter? Making a decision not to hire an applicant based on the findings of a credit report is considered an adverse action. When this happens the employer is bound by FCRA to send the applicant two notices: a pre-adverse action notice and an adverse action letter. Each must contain specific information […]

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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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Most Common Resume Lies

According to a CareerBuilder survey, conducted nationwide by Harris Poll, 58 percent of employers have caught a lie on a resume. The most common lies they catch: An Embellished Skill Set   57 percent Embellished Responsibilities   55 percent Dates of Employment  42 percent Job Title  34 percent Academic Degree   33 percent Employers   […]

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Federal Agencies to Ban the Box?

After a number of states took up “ban the box” measures and a couple of big companies followed suit, lawmakers have introduced legislation to make federal hiring practices fairer to former convicts. The law would prohibit federal agencies and contractors from asking about an applicant’s criminal past until after a conditional job offer is made, […]

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