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Product Standards Set High for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Criminal record information gathered by public record researchers at the county court level is an important part of background checks. A background screening firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) seeks high standards from these researchers and ensures those standards will be met through a set of policies that deal with data products used for background checks. This blog is the fourth in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading

Client Education Offered by NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employers must learn what their legal responsibilities are when using background checks for employment purposes. A background screening firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) will inform their clients of these legal responsibilities and requirements imposed by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state screening laws. This blog is the third in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading

Legal Compliance Critical for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Given the increasingly complex laws governing background checks in the United States, employers need a background screening provider that remains in compliance with the law. A background screening firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) is well versed in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and numerous state screening laws. This blog is the second in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading

Consumer Protection a Top Priority for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

For background screening firms that must protect the personal information of individuals undergoing background checks, consumer protection is a top priority in order to guard against data breaches and identity theft. A background screening firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has many safeguards in place to ward off unauthorized users and unwanted intrusions. This blog is the first in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading

Registration Opens for 2016 NAPBS Annual Conference

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – “The Voice of Screening Professionals” – has opened registration to NAPBS members for the 2016 NAPBS Annual Conference to be held in Palm Desert, California from September 18 to 20, 2016. To register for this event, NAPBS members can visit the NAPBS Annual Conference website at www.napbs.com/events/2016-annual-conference/. Continue reading

Use of Social Media Background Checks Increased 500 Percent in Past Decade

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The number of employers using “social media background checks” to screen job candidates increased 500 percent over the past decade, according to the annual CareerBuilder social media recruitment survey, with 60 percent of employers using social media to research job candidates in 2016, up significantly from 52 percent in 2015, 22 percent in 2008, and 11 percent in 2006, when the survey was first conducted. Continue reading

Judge Rules FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Against Restaurant Chain May Proceed

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal judge has ruled that a class action lawsuit against Waffle House that seeks damages due to the restaurant chain’s alleged “systematic and willful violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)” by obtaining background check reports without taking adequate steps to ensure that the information reported was accurate may proceed, according to a report from Courthouse News. Continue reading

Broward County FL Votes to Ban the Box on Government Employment Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Broward County (FL) Commission has unanimously voted to “Ban the Box” and remove the check box on initial government employment applications that asks about job applicants about their past criminal record, according to a news release on the Commission’s website. Continue reading

Uber to Pay $7.5 Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Driver Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the online transportation network company terminated drivers after obtaining driver background checks about them without their authorization, according to a Reuters report from Reuters. Continue reading

Form I-9 Violations Lead to $209,600 Fine for Staffing Company

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In the Final Decision and Order in the case of U.S. v. Golden Employment Group, Inc., 12 OCAHO nos. 1274 and 1277 (2016), the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) found a staffing company liable for 465 Form I-9 violations resulting in civil penalties in the total amount of $209,600. Continue reading