Tag Archives: Background Checks

Trucking Company Settles for $4.4 Million in Background Check Lawsuit

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Background Check LawsuitsTrucking conglomerate Swift Transportation has agreed to pay a $4.4 million settlement with 160,000 driver applicants for a class action lawsuit claiming Swift violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by not disclosing to driver applicants that they could access and contest background check reports used in the company’s hiring process, according to a story on the eTrucker.com website. The full story is available at http://www.etrucker.com/ovd/swift-makes-4-4-million-settlement-with-160000-driver-applicants-over-background-checks. Continue reading

Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014 Reviewed

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Lester Rosen Talks Background Check TrendsAttorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live 60 minute audio conference for AudioSolutionz titled ‘The Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014 – What Every Employers Needs to Know’ on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET. For more information and to register for the event, please visit http://www.audiosolutionz.com/hr-compliance-employment/background-check-trends.html. Continue reading

Webinar Focuses on Background Checks and Legal Compliance

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Although most companies are using background checks to screen applicants, many may not have a full understanding of the many laws and regulations for background checks. Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar titled ‘Background Checks and Legal Compliance’ with Aurora Training Advantage on Thursday April 17, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information, visit http://auroratrainingadvantage.com/background-checks/. Continue reading

New York State AG Secures Agreements with Background Check Firms

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogNew York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced his office has secured agreements with four large background check firms that will prohibit them “from automatically disqualifying applicants with criminal convictions and require the agencies to defer hiring decisions to employers who must conduct an individualized consideration of candidates in accordance with New York State law.” A press release about the agreements is available at http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-announces-agreements-background-check-agencies-end-illegal-hiring. (Español) Continue reading

Employers Not Using Background Checks at Risk

Written By Thomas Ahearn

homepage-checkAttorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), says in a Business News Daily article that employers not using background checks are at risk since they are welcoming strangers into their businesses when hiring new employees who have not been properly vetted. The article ‘Employee Background Checks: What’s Legal, What’s Not’ is available at http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6166-why-you-need-to-use-background-checks.html. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Over Background Checks

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homepage-legalA former independent contractor fired for failing a background check has filed a class action lawsuit in New Jersey federal court against UBS Financial Services Inc. for alleged systematic violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to provide copies of background checks and including illegal language in consent forms. The class action lawsuit PLASTERS v. UBS FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. is available at http://ia700702.us.archive.org/33/items/gov.uscourts.njd.301246/gov.uscourts.njd.301246.1.0.pdf. Continue reading

Background Check Forms Under Increased Scrutiny

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homepage-legalA federal court decision from a District Court in Pennsylvania granted summary judgment in favor of a class of more than 1,800 job applicants and ruled the employer’s background check consent and disclosure form was improper since the form contained a waiver of liability even though such language is a common practice among some businesses. The ruling in the case of Reardon v. Closetmaid Corporation is available at http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/pennsylvania/pawdce/2:2008cv01730/89928/157. Continue reading

Background Check Stops New USF Basketball Coach Hire

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home-applicant-generated-report-systemThe University of South Florida (USF) will not hire Manhattan College’s Steve Masiello as its new men’s basketball coach after a background check found he had never completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky (UK) as claimed on his résumé, according to a report from The Tampa Tribune available at http://tbo.com/sports/colleges/usf-bulls/usf-deal-with-coach-falls-through-20140326/. Continue reading

EEOC and FTC Offer Tips for Employment Background Checks

Written By Thomas Ahearn

homepage-checkThe U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have released a joint publication titled ‘Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know’ to explain how compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and anti-discrimination laws intersect when employers use employment background checks. The publication is available online at http://business.ftc.gov/documents/0487-background-checks-what-employers-need-know. [PDF] Continue reading

Employers Need Caution with Background Check Laws

Written By Thomas Ahearn

home-applicant-generated-report-systemTo help employers understand background check laws and regulations, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live 60 minute audio conference for AudioSolutionz titled ‘Extreme Caution Advised: Dealing with Federal and State Laws Regulating Pre-Employment Screening and Safe Hiring’ on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10:00 A.M Pacific. For more information, visit http://www.audiosolutionz.com/hr-compliance-employment/safe-hiring.html. Continue reading