Tag Archives: Lester Rosen

Class Action Lawsuit against Background Firm Alleging Fair Credit Reporting Act Violations Demonstrates Importance of Legal Compliance

The importance of legal compliance and background checks was underscored in the filing of a class action lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on November 1, 2013 against a Florida based background screening firm for violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  The lawsuit seeks statutory damages that can be $100 to $1,000 for every consumer that was the subject of a background check done using the forms and methods that were the subject of the complaint.  The lawsuit also request punitive damages. The law also provides for attorneys fees. The case is Los Angeles County Superior Court case BR 526352. Continue reading

Texas Sues EEOC over Guidance for Criminal Background Checks

The State of Texas has filed suit against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over Guidance for use of criminal records of job applicants by employers for criminal background checks that may exclude convicted felons from employment. The complaint STATE OF TEXAS vs. EEOC is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/State-Of-Texas-vs-EEOC.pdf. Continue reading

Background Check Consumer Protection Group Concerned CRAs Reaches 200 Members

Background check consumer protection watchdog group Concerned CRAs has accepted its 200th participating employment background screening company, according to a press release available at http://www.prweb.com/releases/backgroundchecks/employment/prweb11304787.htm. Continue reading

Credit Reporting Agency Mistakenly Identifies Veteran as Felon on Background Check Report

A Navy veteran who served three tours in Iraq was mistakenly identified as a felon after undergoing a background check to lease an apartment, according to a ‘Bamboozled’ post available on NJ.com at http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2013/11/bamboozled_credit_reporting_fi.html. Continue reading

Target to Ban the Box Asking Job Seekers about Criminal History on Applications Starting January 1

Target Corp. will ‘Ban the Box’ asking job seekers about their criminal history on employment applications starting next year to comply with a new Minnesota law that takes effect January 1, 2014, according to a story from the StarTribune available at http://www.startribune.com/business/229310141.html. Continue reading

Seattle Ban the Box Ordinance Limiting Use of Criminal Records by Employers Takes Effect November 1

Starting November 1, 2013, employers in Seattle, Washington will need to comply with new “Ban the Box” legislation – Ordinance 124201 – that limits the use criminal history records by employers for employment screening during the initial hiring process. The text of Ordinance 124201, which creates a new ‘Chapter 14.17 The Use of Criminal History in Employment Decisions’ of the Seattle Municipal Code, is available at http://www.clerk.ci.seattle.wa.us/~archives/Ordinances/Ord_124201.pdf. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen Speaks about EEOC Compliance in Paycor Webinar November 5

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak about compliance with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance for the use of criminal records by employers when hiring in a webinar sponsored by leading HR and payroll software provider Paycor on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. ET. To register for the webinar, click here or visit http://www.paycor.com/paycor-webinars. Continue reading

Illinois Governor Issues Administrative Order to State Agencies to Ban the Box for Hiring

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has issued Administrative Order 2013-1 to ‘Ban the Box’ and prohibit state agencies under his jurisdiction from asking job applicants about their criminal histories before evaluating their knowledge, skills, and abilities for the job. The administrative order is available in PDF format at http://www.illinois.gov/Government/ExecOrders/Documents/2013/adminorder-2013-1.pdf. Continue reading

Background Checks and Legal Compliance Discussed in Live 90 Minute Audio Conference on October 30

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live 90 minute Audio Conference ‘Background Checks and Legal Compliance: Avoiding Legal Hot Water’ with Aurora Training Advantage from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. To register for this webinar, which is worth 1.5 PHR/SPHR Credits, visit http://auroratrainingadvantage.com/. Continue reading

EEOC Chair to Speak at Best Practices for Using Criminal Records in Hiring Conference on October 25

The Honorable Jacqueline Berrien, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will join a panel of distinguished speakers discussing criminal background checks at the ‘Best Practices Standards for Use of Criminal Records in Hiring’ Conference on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. To register for the event through Wednesday, October 23, 2013, please visit JohnJayConference.lawyerscommittee.org. Continue reading