Tag Archives: Background Checks

FTC Approves Final Order Settling Charges against Criminal Background Check Report Marketers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a final order settling charges that Filiquarian Publishing LLC, Choice Level LLC, and their CEO operated as a consumer reporting agency (CRA) that provided criminal background check reports to be used for employment decisions without taking consumer protection measures required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  A press release from the FTC about the final order is available at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/05/filiquarian.shtm. Continue reading

HR West 2013 Conference Session to Feature Negligent Hiring Mock Trial on April 23 in Oakland

To help Human Resources professionals understand the importance of due diligence background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen – Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – will present a session titled ‘Negligent Hiring Mock Trial: HR in the Hot Seat’ at the HR West® 2013 Conference on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The session takes place from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California. For more information, visit http://www.hrwest.org/. Continue reading

NAPBS to Hold 2013 Mid-Year Legislative Conference from April 14 to 17 in Arlington VA

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – the voice representing the background screening industry – will hold the NAPBS 2013 Mid-Year Legislative Conference from April 14 to 17, 2013 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The Conference will feature the largest collection of background screening professionals in the world and provide education about the latest breakthroughs on laws, best practices, and research in the consumer reporting field. To learn more about the Conference, visit http://www.napbs.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3593. Continue reading

Company Pays Over 13 Million Dollars to Settle Suit Alleging Background Check Reports Were Sold to Debt Collectors

A U.S. company providing risk management solutions has agreed to pay $13.5 million and overhaul its background check search product to settle a national class action suit that claimed the firm sold background check reports to debt collectors without following consumer protection laws, according to a report in the Dayton (OH) Daily News that cites the Law360 website. The full story is available at http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/business/lexisnexis-pays-135m-to-settle-suit/nWxJQ/. Continue reading

Businesses Can Background Check Job Applicants Affordably to Avoid Bad Hires Says Safe Hiring Expert

Business owners can perform background checks on job applicants without a great deal of expense to avoid “bad hires” of “employees from hell,” according to an article on the Santa Cruz (CA) Sentinel website that features suggestions from safe hiring expert Attorney Lester Rosen. The full article – ‘Employment Screening Resources: How to avoid hiring employee from hell’ – is available at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/capitola/ci_22907219/employment-screening-resources-how-avoid-hiring-employee-from. Continue reading

City of Richmond Passes Ban the Box Ordinance Removing Question about Criminal History from Job Applications

The City Council of Richmond, Virginia has unanimously passed a ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance that would to eliminate the question asking job applicants about prior felony convictions on application forms for many city jobs, according to an article on the Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch website. Continue reading

Equal Employment for All Act Would Prohibit Employers from Using Credit Report Checks when Hiring

Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee-09) has introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives – H.R. 645, the ‘Equal Employment for All Act’ – that would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to prohibit employers from using credit report checks and bankruptcy filings when hiring or making adverse employment decisions. Under H.R. 645, some exceptions allowing the use of credit reports would include jobs requiring security clearance, state or local government jobs, or certain individuals working in the financial industry. The full text of ‘the ‘Equal Employment for All Act’ is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr645ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr645ih.pdf. Continue reading

Access to Public Court Records in California Threatened by Proposed Search Fee in Trailer Bill

In a move that could significantly limit access to public court records, a trailer bill written by the California Administrative Office of the Courts proposes to charge a $10 fee on nearly every court file requested by members of the general public – including journalists and court researchers who review a large amount of files for news stories and background checks – according to an article on the Courthouse News Service website. The article is available at http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/03/13/55701.htm. Continue reading

Social Networking Online Protection Act would Prevent Employers and Schools from Requiring Usernames and Passwords

Legislation currently in Congress – H. R. 537, the Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA) – would enhance social media privacy by protecting users of social networking sites from having to divulge personal information such as usernames and passwords to employers and schools. Re-introduced by Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9), and Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY-11), SNOPA would protect employees, job applicants, students, and people facing disciplinary action from being required to give information used to access online accounts. The full text of the SNOPA legislation is available at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr537/text. Continue reading

California Background Checks Topic of Presentation at Los Angeles HR Star Conference on March 20

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will discuss ‘Ten Things You Need to Know About California Background Checks in 45 Minutes’ in a presentation at the Los Angeles HR Star Conference on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. The LA HR Star Conference will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. For more information, visit http://www.hrstarconference.com/la/. Continue reading