Ride-Sharing Firm Expands Criminal Background Checks after Gaps Found

Written By Thomas Ahearn An investigation by the Chicago Tribune has revealed that one of the largest ride-sharing providers in the country missed the felony conviction of one of its drivers, a discovery that has led to the expansion of the company’s background check process. The full report is available at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-rideshare-background-checks-met-20140214,0,3099755.story.

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Commission on Civil Rights Report Examines Effects of EEOC Guidance on Criminal Background Checks

Written By Thomas Ahearn A briefing report released by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) – ‘Assessing the Impact of Criminal Background Checks and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Conviction Records Policy’ – examines the effects of the EEOC’s updated Guidance policy on the use of conviction records by employers on African-American and Latino …

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Background Check Expert to Teach Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification on February 26

Attorney and background check expert Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present an audio conference for HRTrainingCenter.com teaching ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. The program is approved for 1.5 PHR/SPHR recertification credit hours through HR Certification Institute …

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San Francisco Enacts Ban the Box Law Limiting Criminal Background Checks by Private Employers

On February 17, 2014, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee signed ‘Ban the Box’ legislation – the Fair Chance Ordinance – that requires private employers in the city with 20 or more employees to limit the use of criminal background checks when hiring, according to a BloombergLaw.com report. The law takes effect 30 days after signing …

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Employment Screening Resources Achieves Background Screening Credentialing Council Accreditation

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) announced today that Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has successfully demonstrated continued compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and will continue to be formally recognized as BSCC-Accredited.

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CareerBuilder Releases Annual Survey on Office Romance

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the CareerBuilder annual survey on office romance has found that 38 percent – nearly two in five – of U.S. workers have dated someone working for the same company and 16 percent said they dated co-workers more than once. More information about this survey is available in the press …

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Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Natural Food Retailer Violated FCRA with Background Checks

A class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleges Whole Foods Market, a natural and organic food retailer, obtained background checks on job applicants using consent forms that were not legally valid in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report from …

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Court Rules Job Seeker May Sue Data Aggregator for Inaccurate Information

The San Francisco, CA-based Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled an unemployed job seeker may sue a data aggregator that inaccurately described him as wealthy and well educated by alleging a violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) “without showing actual harm.” The opinion of the court is available at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2014/02/04/11-56843.pdf.

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Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Legality of Retail Theft Databases in California for Background Checks

The use of a “Retail Theft Contributory Database” in California is being challenged in a class action lawsuit filed in federal Court in San Francisco on January 31, 2013.  The lawsuit alleges that this type of database violates both federal and state laws by providing information to retailers about detentions for suspicion of theft or …

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Safe Hiring Expert Explains How to Comply with EEOC Criminal Record Guidance on February 12

To help employers understand the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) position on background checks, Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present an audio conference with HRTrainingCenter.com titled ‘Complying With the New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance.’ This program takes place on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from …

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