Entries by Jerry Nielson

Compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was originally passed in 1970 to amend and enlarge the sway of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act. The purpose of the act is to regulate the behavior of the consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) and background checks. If businesses use credit reports or background checks improperly or the CRAs provide information […]

The Real Cost of Online Background Checks

This past spring, LinkedIn defended itself in a lawsuit brought by six plaintiffs who claimed that they lost jobs because employers used the site to check their references. What happened was this: Tracee Sweet, one of the plaintiffs, said she had applied for a job through LinkedIn and was hired after a phone interview. Then […]

New York Join Ban The Box Movement

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council voted to prohibit private employers from asking job applicants questions about criminal convictions on job applications.  Under the Fair Chance Act (the “Act”) an employer may ask about an applicant’s criminal history and conduct a criminal background check ONLY after extending the conditional offer.  If the […]