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More than 10 employees in California?

Posted by Bob Mather on December 10, 2016

Ban the Box

In what may be a preview of things to come for all California employers, the Los Angeles City Council has voted (13-1) to pass a ‘Fair Chance Initiative’ (effective Jan 1, 2017) that will “Ban the Box” from job applications. The initiative will forbid public and private employers with more than 10 employees from asking applicants about criminal records while also requiring the delay of background checks until conditional job offers are made, according to a blog on the website of Councilman Curren D. Price (District 9).

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Topics: Ban the Box, FCRA

Using a DIY Background Check in the Hiring Process Could Put Your Company at Risk

Posted by Stacy Prewitt on October 10, 2016

Do-it-yourself (DIY) background checks can appear to be faster and less expensive, but the quick and-easy approach may not serve even a small company’s best interests and could actually put your company at significant risk.

According to an article in Business News Daily, “The vast majority of these DIY websites specifically say they are not to be used as part of the employment screening process because the websites are not compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).” Non-compliance with FCRA guidelines when doing a background check for employment have resulted in multi-million dollar lawsuits against employers.

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

5 Risk-Reducing Tips for Healthcare Background Screening

Posted by Stacy Prewitt on September 06, 2016

Healthcare providers need to meet several federal and state compliance requirements in order to reduce legal risks, fraud and the protect their patients and their information.

Recruiting and hiring the right healthcare employee can add different levels of risk to your company. Performing a comprehensive background check and verifying licenses on all candidates, employees, volunteers, and contractors can be an effective way to reveal potential risks or concerns that ultimately affect your company.

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

Are Your Background Check Disclosure and Authorization Forms FCRA-Compliant?

Posted by Stacy Prewitt on August 02, 2016

A rash of class action lawsuits is forcing employers to defend their background check disclosure and authorization forms. The current focus is on disclosure forms that include extraneous information. Here’s what you need to know to lessen your risk of a potential multi- million dollar class action lawsuit.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Lawsuit, FCRA, Disclosure & Authorization Form

2016 Background Check & Employment Screening Trends

Posted by Bob Mather on June 09, 2016

Class actions against employers requesting background checks on applicants or employees are mushrooming. In 2015, BMW, Calvin Klein, Chuck E. Cheese, Food Lion, Home Depot and Whole Foods paid settlements ranging from $716,400 to $3 million in Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA) lawsuits.

Surprisingly, this is just one of the many employment screening trends as reported by the Society of Human Resources (SHRM).

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Topics: FCRA, Adverse Action

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