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CFPB Orders Background Check Firms to Pay $13 Million for Alleged Inaccurate Reports

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is ordering two of the nation’s largest employment background check firms to correct their practices, provide $10.5 million in relief to harmed consumers, and pay a $2.5 million civil penalty for allegedly failing to take steps to ensure the information they reported about job applicants was accurate, according to a news release on the CFPB website. Continue reading

Sprint Could Face Lawsuit for Alleged FCRA Violations during Credit Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A complaint filed by a Chicago, Illinois man in Cook County Circuit Court claims that Sprint Corp. allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by using non-compliant disclosure forms before checking the credit of job applicants, according to a report on the Cook County Record website. Continue reading

E-Verify Records Over Ten Years Old to Be Deleted at End of Year

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that all E-Verify transaction records more than ten years old will be deleted from the system effective January 1, 2016, to comply with the retention and disposal schedule of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Continue reading

New York City Fair Chance Act Notice Published by NYC Commission on Human Rights

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective October 27, 2015, the Fair Chance Act (FCA) amends the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to prohibit most employers in the city from inquiring about criminal history of job applicants until after a conditional offer of employment is extended. To help city employers comply with the FCA, the NYC Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) published a “Fair Chance Act Notice” that employers can use to perform an analysis of applicants under Article 23-A of the New York Correction Law. Continue reading

ESR VP Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick to Speak at Recruiting Trends Conference 2015

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To alert recruiters about the dangers of using the Internet to recruit, Dawn Standerwick, Vice President Strategic Growth for Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present the session “Legal Pitfalls and Minefields in the New Age of Recruiting” at the Recruiting Trends Conference 2015 on November 9, 2015, from 2:30 PM to 3:20 PM ET, at Disney’s® Grand Floridian Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Continue reading

Waffle House Faces Background Check Class Action Lawsuit

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed by a Florida man against Waffle House claims the 24-hour diner chain violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by unfairly using a background check and denying him employment, according to a report from LegalNewsline.com. Continue reading

Staffing Company Settles FCRA Class Action Lawsuit

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A staffing company has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit that claims the firm allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when obtaining background checks on job applicants, according to a TopClassActions.com report. Continue reading

New York City Employers Must Ban the Box Starting October 27

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private employers in New York City should prepare to Ban the Box on job applications when the Fair Chance Act (FCA) takes effect on October 27, 2015 to promote the hiring of individuals with prior criminal records and prohibit discrimination based on the arrest records or criminal convictions of job applicants. Continue reading

US and EU Need Safe Harbor Solution by End of January 2016 to Avoid Enforcement Action

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In the wake of the landmark October 6, 2015 ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that invalidated the “Safe Harbor” data transfer pact between the United States (US) and European Union (EU), privacy watchdog group Article 29 Working Party has called on the US and EU to find a new solution by the end of January 2016 to avoid possible enforcement action, according to a statement from the Article 29 Working Party. Continue reading

Amazon Motion of Summary Judgement Denied in FCRA Lawsuit

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A judge in Washington state has denied a motion of summary judgement filed by Amazon.com and a staffing company in a class action lawsuit claiming the online retail giant violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a TopClassActions.com report. Continue reading