Tag Archives: Background Checks

Lawsuit Claims Bad Background Check Cost Man His Job

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Background Check Class-Action LawsuitsA Manhattan man has filed a class-action lawsuit against a background check company claiming that a job offered to him was rescinded after a background check mistakenly found he had felony and misdemeanor convictions belonging to another man with the same name and birthday. A story about the lawsuit by the New York Daily News is available at http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bad-background-check-cost-manhattan-dad-job-suit-article-1.1777819. Continue reading

Background Checks of College Players Part of NFL Draft

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogLong before National Football League teams select players in the annual NFL draft beginning Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM ET in New York City, background checks are used to reveal information about the character and behavior of potential picks that cannot be found on game tape or stopwatches, according to an article by NFL Columnist Dan Pompei on the Bleacher Report website. Continue reading

Webcast Shares Tips for Compliant Candidate Screening

Written By Thomas Ahearn

iCIMS Screening WebinarAs part of the iCIMS Hire Expectations™ Institute Live Webcast Series for May 2014, iCIMS Product Specialist Amie Smith and Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen will present ‘Tips for Compliant Candidate Screening’ on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. PDT. To register for this event, please visit http://www2.icims.com/l/5122/2014-03-12/w36by. Continue reading

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