Background Check Lawsuit Reaches Settlement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that claimed a background check firm violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when providing information for background check reports, according to a report from TopClassActions.com. As a result, subjects of these background check reports may be …

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Background Checks Not Required at Carnivals and Fairs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Oregon and Washington – along with the federal government – do not require carnivals and fairs to run criminal background checks on employees who work around children and sometimes even handle them, according to a report by the KATU Channel 2 On Your Side Investigators in Portland, …

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Illinois Governor Signs Ban the Box Legislation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed “Ban the Box” legislation – HB 5701 (Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act) – that will help ex-offenders find work in the private sector by preventing criminal background checks until after an applicant is deemed qualified for a job. The law …

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DHS Questioned about Contract to Background Check Firm

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) have written a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson asking for an explanation about the awarding of a $190 million contract to a background check firm accused of “alleged fraudulent activity” with investigations in …

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Disney Stresses Background Checks after Investigation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A six-month CNN investigation has uncovered “at least 35 Disney employees arrested since 2006 and accused of sex crimes involving children, trying to meet a minor for sex, or for possession of child pornography.” The investigation also found the arrests of five Universal Studios Florida employees and …

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Legal Risks of Background Checks Examined in Webinar

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A panel of three legal experts will present a live 90 minute Continuing Legal Education (CLE) webinar to examine the legal risks employers face when conducting background checks and discuss the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on then use of criminal records for hiring decisions. …

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed for Alleged FCRA Violations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A class action lawsuit filed in a Georgia federal court against Home Depot alleges the home improvement company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by performing background checks without notifying employees and job applicants and failing to give them copies of the background checks before taking …

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Social Media May Cause Employers to Not Hire Job Candidates

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A new survey from leading human capital solutions provider CareerBuilder has found that 51 percent of employers – more than half – who researched job candidates on social media found content that caused them to not hire the candidate, up from 43 percent in 2013 and 34 …

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DHS Awards $190 Million Contract to Background Check Firm

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a new $190 million contract to a background check firm once accused of “defrauding the government while carrying out background checks on millions of people” but never blocked from federal work, according to a report from The Wall Street …

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