Tag Archives: Background Checks

Retail Giant Walmart Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged FCRA Violations with Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Walmart faces a class action lawsuit that claims the retail giant allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and California law by using unauthorized background checks on job applicants and employees without properly obtaining legal authorization, according to a Top Class Actions report. Continue reading

Family of Murder Victim Files Lawsuit Against Property Owner and Former Employer of Suspect Over Lack of Background Check

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The family of a murder victim has filed a civil lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois that claims the property owner and the former employer of a suspect in the death of a Chicago-area woman are partially at fault due to a background check on the suspect that lawyers say was never completed, according to a news report from NBC 5 in Chicago, IL. Continue reading

Some Common Job Applicant Fears about Background Checks Unfounded

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help calm nerves job applicants have about background checks done by employers,  an article on job website Monster.com – “Employment background check guide for job applicants” – compared common fears against the facts and featured background check experts such as Dawn Standerwick, Chair of the Board of Directors at the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on Ban the Box and Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” will present a webinar for Business & Legal Resources (BLR) entitled “Ban the Box and Background Checks Update: How to Effectively Pre-Screen Prospective Job Candidates and Stay Within the Law” on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern/10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific. To register for this event, click here. Continue reading

Study Finds Ban the Box Policies Increase Odds of Public Sector Employment for Ex-Offenders

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A study released in January of 2017 entitled “Ban the Box, Convictions, and Public Sector Employment” has found that Ban the Box policies that remove criminal history questions from applications and delay such inquiries until later in the hiring process increased the odds of public sector employment for those job applicants with criminal records by close to 40 percent. This study may be downloaded here. Continue reading

Measuring Past Performance When Hiring Can Create Accurate Outlook for Potential Future Success

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

While some businesses believe an applicant’s potential for future success is more important than their past experience when hiring, a background check expert explains that “measures of past performance can create an accurate outlook for future performance,” according to the article entitled “What’s More Important When Hiring: Future Potential or Past Performance?” posted on the Talent Economy website. Continue reading

Appeals Court Finds No Concrete Injury in FCRA Lawsuit Over Incorrect Information on Credit Report

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided in Dreher v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc., et al that the plaintiff’s claim that Experian violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by listing a defunct company on his credit report – thus denying him access to information to which he was entitled – failed to establish a “concrete injury” under Article III of the U.S. Constitution. Continue reading

Inaccurate Background Check Leads Applicant to File Class Action Lawsuit against Prospective Employer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Booneville, Indiana woman who was shocked to learn she would not be hired for a nursing job when an employment background check report revealed that she had “multiple felonies” – even though she insists she has “a squeaky clean criminal record” – has filed a class action lawsuit against her prospective employer that requested the background check, according to a story from The Indianapolis Star. Continue reading

Hundreds of Uber and Lyft Drivers Win License Appeals after Failing Mandated Background Checks in Massachusetts

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Of the 1,400 drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft who felt unfairly rejected after failing mandated background checks in Massachusetts and decided to appeal the license ban, 444 have successfully overturned the decision, according to a report on Boston.com. Continue reading

More than Ten Percent of Uber and Lyft Drivers Fail Background Checks in Massachusetts

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Figures released by Massachusetts officials show more than ten percent of drivers failed comprehensive background checks required under a state law for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, with 8,200 drivers failing and more than 62,000 drivers passing the checks, according to an article on Boston.com. Continue reading