How to Navigate Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance with Regard to Background Checks

How to Navigate Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance with Regard to Background Checks

In January 2016, the Society for Human Resource Management predicted an increase in "class-action lawsuits claiming noncompliance with the FCRA." Their prediction proved correct. This past year, companies such as Dish, Bank of America, and…
Continuous Employee Background Screening Increasing in Popularity

Continuous Employee Background Screening Increasing in Popularity

Most likely, you're familiar with pre-employment background screening, a process the involves verifying your potential employee's criminal record, credit score, and employment record prior to hiring them. However, what you may not have heard…
Compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Los Angeles Enacts Ban-The-Box

On December 19, 2016, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law Assembly Bill 218, known as the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring, which creates a new ordinance that will limit employers' consideration of the criminal history…
Background Checks: Four Really Critical Facts Employers Need to Remember

Background Checks: Four Really Critical Facts Employers Need to Remember

Background checks are an effective screening measure for employers who want to protect their liability, assets, and reputation. In an era where employee theft amounts to billions of dollars lost each year, employers can't afford ignorance. While…
Compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act

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…
Compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act

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…
Compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act

New Jersey Joins “Ban the Box” Movement 0 inShare New Jersey Joins “Ban the Box” Movement

On Monday, Governor Chris Christie signed the Opportunity to Compete Act (S2124/A1999) into law, which is designed to restrict employers from asking about prior criminal convictions on job applications.  Christie enthusiastically hailed New…
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California – Ban the Box As of July 1, 2014

Excerpted from lcwlegal.com Assembly Bill 218 (“AB 218”), codified as Labor Code section 432.9, goes into effect in just over a week on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, and will have a significant impact on a public agency’s ability to initially…
Compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Maintaining Compliance In The Pre-Hiring Process

Virtually all corporations have some kind of compliance code when it comes to the types of employees that it would like to hire. Hires must reach certain criteria to even be considered for the position, let alone hired. In order to remain within compliance of…
Compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance: With Regard to Volunteer Background Checks

A 66-year-old school volunteer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was charged with sexual abuse of a 5-year-old student in February. Robert Milne, a long-time Rotary Club member, began participating with the Albuquerque Reads program as a volunteer…
Compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act

NY AG Press Release Relating To Employers, CRA’s and Article 23-A

Today the NY Attorney General issued a press release relating to employers’ and CRAs’ compliance with NY Article 23-A of the Corrections law. As you may know, NY Article 23-A of the Corrections law requires that employers consider a number…
Compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act

EEOC Lawsuit Alleging Discriminatory Background Screening is Dismissed

On August 9, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) ongoing lawsuit against Freeman Inc., a national marketing company, alleging discriminatory background screening was dismissed. The district court based its decision on: (1)…