By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor A recent article from Inc.com, ‘How to Run a Credit Check,’ reveals best practices from experts for every step of the credit check process during employment screening so that employers may check the financial stability of potential employees. According to the Inc.com article, employers using credit …Continue reading "Experts Reveal Best Practices for Running Credit Checks during Employment Screening"
A new decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has clarified the issue of whether a private employer can legally consider a job applicant’s bankruptcy under U.S bankruptcy law in making an employment decision. The Court ruled that when it comes to private employers, Congress intentionally only protected current employees …Continue reading "Court Decision Clarifies that a Bankruptcy can be Used as Part of Pre-Employment Background Check for Private Employers"
By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor A woman is suing the University of Miami (UM) in federal court on after her job offer at the college’s medical school was revoked due to bad credit found on a background check, a case some hope will help ban employers from using credit histories in hiring …Continue reading "Bad Credit Found During Background Check Leads to Revoked Job Offer and Lawsuit against University"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog A bill that would restrict employers in New Jersey from requiring credit checks as a condition of employment is advancing toward law, according to a news release from the Assembly Democrats web site. Bill A-3238 – sponsored by Assemblyman Ruben J. Ramos Jr. and Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker – prohibits …Continue reading "Bill Restricting New Jersey Employers from Requiring Employment Credit Checks on Job Applicants Moves Closer to Law"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog According to a news story on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website – “SHRM: Credit Checks Are Legitimate Screening Tool” – a representative for SHRM told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) during a public hearing on October 20, 2010 that the federal government should not eliminate …Continue reading "SHRM Tells EEOC Credit Checks Are Legitimate Background Screening Tool at Recent Public Meeting"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog According to a press release from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the EEOC held a public Commission meeting on Wednesday, October 20 to hear testimony from representatives of various groups, social scientists, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the growing use of credit histories of job …Continue reading "EEOC Public Meeting Explores Use of Credit Histories of Job Applicants for Employment Background Screening"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced it will hold a meeting Wednesday, October 20, 2010 to hear testimony about employer use of credit reports as a background screening tool and to investigate the practice of using credit histories as employment screening devices. According to various news releases …Continue reading "Hot Off the Press: EEOC To Hear Testimony on Employer Use of Credit Reports as Background Screening Tool at Open Meeting on October 20"
A case involving a consumer credit report used in an automobile purchase demonstrates the potential dangers of terrorist database searches commonly used by background firms. This appears to be the first case in the nation dealing with use of terrorist databases by credit bureaus under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and provides guidance …Continue reading "Credit Report Case Demonstrates Challenges in Reporting OFAC Terrorist Information in a Background Screening Report"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog To the relief of a number of California employers, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill passed by the California Legislature– AB 482 – that would have limited the use of credit reports by employers during employment background checks. Assembly Bill (AB) 482 would have prohibited employers from …Continue reading "CA Governor Schwarzenegger Vetoes Bill Limiting Use of Credit Reports for Employment Background Checks"
Employment Screening Resources President Lester Rosen Quoted on SFGate.com By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer Recently, a blog on SFGate.com by Personal Finance Authority Erica Sandberg – Can you get a job with bad credit? The answer may surprise you. – addressed a reader who was concerned how her damaged credit would affect her …Continue reading "Credit Reports of Job Applicants May Not Always Be So Important To Employers"