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 …Continue reading "DHS Awards $190 Million Contract to Background Check Firm"
Written By Thomas Ahearn Effective July 1, 2014, an amended version of Indiana Code § 24-4-18-6 changes what information “criminal history providers” such as Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) that assemble criminal history reports for employment background checks may report to employers. The amended version of Indiana Code § 24-4-18-6 is available at http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title24/ar4/ch18.html.Continue reading "Indiana Changes Criminal Background Checks for Employers"
Written By Thomas Ahearn While some summer camp background checks include mandatory state background checks for workers dealing with children in summer camps, they do not also perform federal background checks and may contain loopholes for predators to slip through, according to the report ‘Summer Camp background checks not nationwide’ from KXAN News in Austin, …Continue reading "Summer Camp Background Checks May Contain Loopholes"
Written By Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Office of Audits has conducted an ‘AUDIT OF THE FEDERAL INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES’ CASE REVIEW PROCESS OVER BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS’ to ensure government background check contractors meet contract requirements. The audit is available at http://www.opm.gov/our-inspector-general/reports/2014/audit-of-the-federal-investigative-services-case-review-process-over-background-investigations.pdf.Continue reading "Audit Examines Government Background Check Contractors"
Written By Thomas Ahearn A New Jersey federal court has approved an $870,500 settlement between New Jersey-based New England Motor Freight and a group of 7,000 truck drivers who claimed that “the carrier denied them employment after conducting criminal background checks and obtaining credit reports and driver history records without their authorization,” according to a …Continue reading "Court Approves Settlement in Background Checks Lawsuit"
Written By Thomas Ahearn A driver with car service company Uber who passed a background check even though he had a criminal record is accused of physically assaulting his passenger and faces criminal charges, according to an article on Forbes.com available at http://www.forbes.com/sites/ellenhuet/2014/06/03/uber-driver-with-felony-conviction-charged-with-battery-for-allegedly-hitting-passenger/.Continue reading "Uber Driver with Criminal Past Allegedly Hit Passenger"
Written By Thomas Ahearn A class action lawsuit filed in Central California against O’Reilly Auto Parts alleges the company obtained and used information from background checks during its hiring processes without obeying state and federal mandates, according to a story on ClassActionNews.com available at http://www.classactionsnews.com/employment/o%E2%80%99reilly-auto-parts-illegal-background-class-action-lawsuit.Continue reading "Auto Parts Dealer Faces Background Check Class Action Lawsuit"
Written By Thomas Ahearn A class action lawsuit filed against ESA Management LLC, which operates more than 680 Extended Stay America hotels in the United States, alleges the company obtained background check reports on job applicants without their authorization in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). A report about the background check class action lawsuit …Continue reading "Background Check Lawsuit Claims Hotels Violated FCRA"
Written By Thomas Ahearn Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will co-present a webcast with iCIMS Product Specialist Kiley Brazil titled ‘Tips for Compliant Candidate Screening’ on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT. To register for this event, part of the …Continue reading "Safe Hiring Expert to Co-Present Screening Webcast"
Written By Thomas Ahearn A 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 …Continue reading "Lawsuit Claims Bad Background Check Cost Man His Job"