Class Action Case Shows Importance of Background Screening Firms Following Fair Credit Reporting Act when Reporting Sexual Offender Data

A new class action lawsuit filed in federal court on August 23, 2011 underscores once again the importance of background screening firms following the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). According to the civil complaint for damages, a background screening firm allegedly reported sexual offender data on applicants based solely upon a name match only, without …

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Popular Online Dating Site Settles Lawsuit by Pledging to Background Check Members for Sex Offenders

Match.com has settled a lawsuit with a woman who sued the popular online dating site after she was raped by a fellow member she was linked up with for a date by pledging to perform background checks on all current and future members in order to screen out sex offenders, the Los Angeles Times reports. The woman’s assailant – …

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Registered Sex Offender Dressed in Cookie Monster Costume Arrested at State Fair

According to a report in The Quad-City (IA) Times, a registered sex offender dressed in a Cookie Monster costume, handing out fliers to children, and posing for pictures with children at the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport, Iowa was arrested on an aggravated misdemeanor charge after an officer of the County Sex Offender Task Force recognized …

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Popular Online Dating Service to Background Check Potential Members using Sex Offender Database

Less than a week after a Los Angeles woman filed a lawsuit against popular online dating service Match.com claiming that she was attacked by a man she met through its website, the company has decided to begin performing background checks on potential members using a national sex offender database, the Los Angeles Times reports. The …

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Government Accountability Office Report Finds Sex Offenders Employed at K-12 Schools

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report to the Chairman, Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives that revealed high rates of employees in all sorts of positions at both public and private schools – including …

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Churches Using Background Checks to Ensure Safety of Most Vulnerable Members

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor According to a report ‘Churches check closer after molestation cases’ from OnlineAthens.com, the website for the Athens Banner Herald, more churches are using background checks to ensure the safety of their most vulnerable members in the wake of several molestation cases involving employees and volunteers. The report …

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CNN and WSJ News Stories Show Background Checks Occur at Intersection of Security and Privacy

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer Recently, two news stories about background checks from very different angles appeared in two major media outlets – CNN and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) – on the same day. The CNN story – “Investigation: Could background check have prevented alleged rape?” – …

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Tennessee Considers Background Checks for Ice Cream Truck Drivers

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream – but how many people consider the possible criminal backgrounds of the ice cream truck drivers bringing that delicious treat to screaming kids waiting by the side of the road on hot summer days? Apparently lawmakers in Tennessee do, according to …

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CAUSE Shows Background Checks Needed To Uncover Unsafe Service Employees Working In Homes

When a hired worker enters your home to perform a service that you requested, do you know to whom you are opening your door? So asks an article on HuffingtonPost.com — ‘Could You or a Loved One End Up Like Elizabeth Smart?’ — that shows why background checks are needed to uncover unsafe employees working in and …

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California Case Protects Constitutional Right of Background Screening Firm to Report Sex Offender Registration

A California Court of Appeals decision filed March 23, 2010 held that a background screening firm has a constitutional right to report that an applicant has appeared on the Megan’s Law website (MLW) as a registered sex offender.  The Court further held that under the California law, the prohibition on the use of such information …

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