In recent weeks, inaccurate criminal background checks from data brokers containing errors that cost job seekers employment have come under fire on several fronts, including a final privacy protection report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommending regulations on data brokers, a letter sent to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) asking for a strengthening of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), a report from the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) on inaccurate background check reports, and an article written by safe hiring expert Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), that is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/articles/NCLC-Report-on-Criminal-Background-Checks-Inaccurate.php.
- In March 2012, the National Employment Law Project (NELP), National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), and Community Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) 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 on job applicants for employment. The letter to the CFPB is available at http://www.nelp.org/page/-/SCLP/2012/NELPrecommendationstoCFPBforFCRAenforcement.pdf?nocdn=1. For more information, read the ESR News Blog ‘Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Asked to Strengthen Enforcement of FCRA for Criminal Background Checks of Job Applicants’ at http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/2012/04/12/consumer-financial-protection-bureau-asked-to-strengthen-enforcement-of-fcra-for-criminal-background-checks-of-job-applicants/.
- In April 2012, a report on background check companies from the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) called ‘Broken Records: How Errors by Criminal Background Checking Companies Harm Workers and Businesses’ claimed mistakes on criminal background screening reports conducted for employers prevents many job seekers from finding work. The report is available at http://www.nclc.org/issues/broken-records.html. For more information, read the ESR News Blog ‘Report Claiming Inaccurate Criminal Background Checks Cost Jobseekers Employment Contains Inaccuracies According to Safe Hiring Expert’ at http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/2012/04/13/report-claiming-inaccurate-criminal-background-checks-cost-jobseekers-employment-contains-inaccuracies-according-to-safe-hiring-expert/.