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5 Myths of Hiring Ex-felons: Fact vs. Fiction

Posted by Bob Mather on March 20, 2017

Most people understand that the primary focus of a background screening company is to find criminal records and accurately report them to the entity requesting the information.

What many may not realize is employers across the nation are actively looking for criminal record activity in order to actually hire a felon. 

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Topics: Background Checks, hiring compliance, criminal record, Lawsuit, FTC, FCRA, Disclosure & Authorization Form, Adverse Action

FCRA Lawsuits Skyrocket 47%

Posted by Bob Mather on March 13, 2017

According to the latest Debt Collection Litigation and CFPB Complaint Statistics Report from WebReconConsumer litigation cases under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Telephone Consumer Protection Act all increased in January.

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Topics: FCRA, Lawsuits, FCRA Compliance, complaints, litigation

Retaliation Claims Continue to Rise

Posted by Bob Mather on February 16, 2017

For the seventh year in a row, retaliation claims top the list of the EEOC’s most frequent charge against employers. With over 90,000 charges filed in 2016, 45% of the claims involved retaliation against an employee that either involved adverse action or discharge. The trend to file against employers for retaliatory action shows no end in sight. 2016 saw almost 5,000 more charges than 2015, with more than $482 million in recovery received from employers in the private sector and government agencies.

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Topics: Background Checks, Ban the Box, criminal history, Retaliation Claims

Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring

Posted by Bob Mather on February 14, 2017

Ban the Box: LA and Beyond

The Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box) became law in January 2017. This new initiative will impact employers in LA, but may have far-reaching effects. With employment legislation, California often leads the nation in trends and enforcement, so employers across the country may want to take heed. The ordinance prohibits employers from inquiring about criminal history until a conditional job offer has been made.

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Topics: Ban the Box, hiring compliance, hiring process, hiring, Fair Chance Process, Fair Chance Initiative

Background Checks & Class Action Suits: Who Really Wins?

Posted by Bob Mather on February 08, 2017

Starbucks, Home Depot, Wegmans, Lowes, Avis. What do these companies have in common? Lawsuits brought against them for improper criminal background checks. Class action and individual lawsuits are on the rise: nearly 4,000 last year alone.

While lawsuits are damaging, class action suits could be a death blow to your company. Grabbing the media spotlight, surging in SEO hits, class action suits have the potential not just to cost reparations and damages, they could damage your brand in the marketplace irreparably. As an HR Executive, that much media attention could mean the difference between having an office in the morning or considering a name change.

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Topics: Background Checks, FCRA, class action lawsuit, Lawsuits

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