Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A $3.3 million settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that claimed a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when providing background check reports on job applicants for employment purposes, according to a report from Top Class Actions.Continue reading "Consumer Reporting Agency Reaches $3.3 Million Settlement in Lawsuit Over Alleged FCRA Violations"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 16, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a tenant screening company in Texas agreed to pay $3 million to settle charges of failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy of information provided to landlords and property managers that caused renters to …Continue reading "Tenant Screening Company to Pay $3 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Failing to Meet FCRA Accuracy Requirements"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The demotion of an administrative leader in White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) after an investigation revealed resume fraud shows the need for background screening, according to experts interviewed for a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) article.Continue reading "SHRM Article about Case of Resume Fraud in White House Shows Need for Background Screening"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Starbucks Corp. is facing a class action lawsuit filed by a Colorado man who claims he was denied a job based on an allegedly inaccurate background check and is suing the coffeehouse chain for violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a …Continue reading "Starbucks Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Allegedly Inaccurate Background Check"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A District Court in Pennsylvania has ruled that the “complete and up to date” requirement of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) must follow when performing background checks does not include an “accuracy” component as well.Continue reading "Court Finds Complete and Up To Date Requirement of FCRA Does Not Include Accuracy Component"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has awarded a $10.8 million contract using money allocated by lawmakers in the state capital budget to replace the state’s “broken” criminal background check system, according to a report from The Columbus Dispatch.Continue reading "Ohio Paying Nearly $11 Million to Replace Criminal Background Check System"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A study entitled ‘New Facts About the Currency and Accuracy of Criminal Records at State Criminal Record Repositories’ released in June of 2016 by BRB Publications, Inc. reveals inaccuracies in state criminal record repositories, as well as the three key reasons why the completeness, consistency, and …Continue reading "New Study Reveals Inaccuracies in State Criminal Record Repositories"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued Compliance Bulletin 2016-01 regarding compliance with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that emphasizes the obligation of data furnishers under Regulation V to establish and implement written policies and procedures regarding the accuracy and integrity of information being …Continue reading "CFPB Issues Compliance Bulletin on FCRA Requirements for Data Furnishers"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn There will be increased governmental oversight and enforcement of the background check industry, with a particular focus on issues involving the accuracy of information contained in background check reports, from federal agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2016. This is the number 1 …Continue reading "Government Oversight and Enforcement of Accuracy in Background Check Industry to Increase in 2016"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Due to increased pressure and scrutiny from both the federal government and private attorneys seeking multi-million dollar judgments, background screening firms, human resources (HR) professionals, and employers will be focused on legal compliance and accuracy issues in 2016. This is the number 5 trend selected by …Continue reading "Background Screening Firms, Human Resources, and Employers Will Be Focused on Legal Compliance and Accuracy in 2016"