The National Employment Law Project (NELP), National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), and Community Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) recently sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) providing information on a proposed Summary of Rights and regulatory changes to strengthen the protections found in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regarding criminal background checks …Continue reading "Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Asked to Strengthen Enforcement of FCRA for Criminal Background Checks of Job Applicants"
After the recent closure of a public access computer that had allowed searches of criminal and traffic records led to criticism that public information was now less accessible, the San Luis Obispo (CA) Superior Court officials cited “privacy concerns over outdated criminal and victim information” that was “exposed to background checking contractors” as a reason …Continue reading "San Luis Obispo Court Responds to Criticism over Limiting Public Access to Criminal Records by Citing Privacy Concerns"
The Illinois Senate has passed legislation – Senate Bill 2545 (SB 2545) – that would create the ‘Internet Dating Safety Act’ requiring online dating websites offering services in Illinois to clearly disclose if they perform criminal background checks on members, according to a press release on the website of the bill’s sponsor Senator Ira Silverstein …Continue reading "Internet Dating Safety Act Requiring Online Dating Sites to Disclose Background Check Policy Passes Illinois Senate"
According to the Public Record Update Newsletter for March 2012, a Public Record Retriever Network (PRRN) Member reports that the San Luis Obispo (California) Superior Court has taken steps to impede criminal record searches for background checks in the county by putting the public record access terminals under lock and key and making them off …Continue reading "San Luis Obispo County Impedes Access to Public Criminal Records for Background Checks"
Legislation under consideration in Illinois – House Bill 4083 (HB 4083) ‘INTERNET DATING SAFETY ACT’ – would require online dating sites to clearly and conspicuously disclose to all Illinois members if they conduct criminal background checks. Introduced by State Representative Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg), HB 4083 would also require Internet dating services to provide a safety awareness notification …Continue reading "Illinois Bill would Require Online Dating Sites to Disclose if They Conduct Criminal Background Checks"
The use – and, in some cases, misuse – of criminal background checks of job applicants by employers, a practice which has come under greater scrutiny of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has topped the fifth annual Employment Screening Resources ‘Top 10 Trends in Background Checks’ for 2012. For the past five years, …Continue reading "Background Check Trends List for 2012 Topped by Greater Scrutiny of Criminal Record Checks of Job Applicants"
With a recent survey showing nine out of ten employers conduct criminal background checks on some or all job candidates, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting in July 2011 examining the use of arrest and conviction records by employers for criminal background checks to determine if the practice was an unfair …Continue reading "Criminal Background Checks of Job Applicants by Employers Coming Under Greater Scrutiny by EEOC"
Consumers and attorneys are looking more closely at background check reports and laws governing employment screening and filing more lawsuits against employers. On one hand, employers are being sued by victims that alleged the employer failed to perform adequate screening. On the other, employers and background screening firms also face lawsuits from job applicants complaining …Continue reading "Employment Screening Lawsuits Increase as Attorneys and Consumers Become Familiar with FCRA Laws Regulating Background Checks"
Two Michigan women claim they were frightened and terrorized after they responded to ads from a major department store to have their air ducts cleaned and a duct cleaner – a career criminal with a history of harassing women who somehow passed a background check – allegedly began stalking them after working in their homes, …Continue reading "Women Claim To Be Victims of Suspected Stalker Who Once Worked Inside Their Homes"