Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia is investigating why the past criminal record of a quadruple homicide suspect accused of stabbing his girlfriend and their three children to death did not appear on a tenant background check conducted on him, according to a report from WTVM-TV News …Continue reading "Criminal Record of Quadruple Homicide Suspect Did Not Appear on Tenant Background Check"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A $3.3 million settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that claimed a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when providing background check reports on job applicants for employment purposes, according to a report from Top Class Actions.Continue reading "Consumer Reporting Agency Reaches $3.3 Million Settlement in Lawsuit Over Alleged FCRA Violations"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 16, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a tenant screening company in Texas agreed to pay $3 million to settle charges of failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy of information provided to landlords and property managers that caused renters to …Continue reading "Tenant Screening Company to Pay $3 Million to Settle FTC Charges of Failing to Meet FCRA Accuracy Requirements"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – has released an updated version of its white paper entitled “21 Shortcuts and Traps that Can Lead to Inaccurate Criminal Records” that summarizes ways screening firms could potentially take shortcuts that may undermine the accuracy …Continue reading "Employment Screening Resources Releases Updated White Paper on Shortcuts that Lead to Inaccurate Criminal Records"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 12, 2018, a federal appeals court ruled that truck drivers cannot be awarded legal damages merely for inaccurate background check data in the federal Pre-employment Screening Program (PSP) database without showing “concrete injury,” according to an article on the Transport Topics website.Continue reading "Appeals Court Rules Lawsuits Over Inaccurate Background Check Data Must Show Concrete Injury"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Maryland man says his “life is turned upside down because he shares a name and birthdate with a felon” who shows up on his background check report, according to a report from NBC Channel 4 in Washington.Continue reading "Background Check of Man Includes Criminal History of Felon with Same Name and Birthdate"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A class action complaint filed in a federal court in Georgia against Starbucks Corporation claims the coffeehouse chain allegedly violated required provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by not giving job applicants the chance to correct inaccurate information on their background check reports.Continue reading "Starbucks Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged FCRA Violations during Applicant Background Checks"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global background check provider – has released a complimentary whitepaper written by ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen entitled “21 Shortcuts and Traps that Can Lead to Inaccurate Criminal Records” that is a summary of ways background screening firms could potentially …Continue reading "Employment Screening Resources Releases Whitepaper Showing How Shortcuts Can Lead to Inaccurate Criminal Records"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Starbucks Corp. is facing a class action lawsuit filed by a Colorado man who claims he was denied a job based on an allegedly inaccurate background check and is suing the coffeehouse chain for violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a …Continue reading "Starbucks Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Allegedly Inaccurate Background Check"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn There will be increased governmental oversight and enforcement of the background check industry, with a particular focus on issues involving the accuracy of information contained in background check reports, from federal agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2016. This is the number 1 …Continue reading "Government Oversight and Enforcement of Accuracy in Background Check Industry to Increase in 2016"