California FEHC Regulations for Considering Criminal History in Employment Decisions take Effect July 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) – the state agency charged with enforcing California’s civil rights laws – has approved the “California FEHC’s Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions Regulations” that will take effect on July 1, 2017, and restrict the use of criminal records by employers in hiring…

Jury Awards Record Damages of $60 Million after Finding Credit Reporting Agency Violated FCRA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 20, 2017, a federal jury in California awarded a record $60 million in statutory and punitive damages after finding that major credit reporting agency TransUnion allegedly violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when performing credit checks by confusing consumers with individuals found in the United States…

Business Practices Mission Critical for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Business practices that ensure proper character of owners and employees, worker training, and quality assurance are mission critical for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). The business practices of a background screening firm are the foundation that helps them perform accurate and…

Service Standards Important for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Policies and procedures to ensure maximum possible accuracy when obtaining, recording, and reporting verification information for their clients is important for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Verifications of past education and past employment of job applicants are a necessary part of…

Product Standards Required for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Ensuring high standards for public record researchers are met through policies for data products used for background checks is required for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Criminal record information gathered by these researchers at county courts is an important part of…

Client Education Necessary for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Informing clients of legal responsibilities and requirements imposed by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state screening laws is necessary for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Employers must learn their legal responsibilities when using background checks for employment purposes.…

Legal Compliance a Serious Matter for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Being well versed in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and numerous state screening laws is a serious matter for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). The increasingly complex laws governing background checks in the United States mean employers need…

Consumer Protection Safeguards Crucial for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Having consumer protection safeguards in place to ward off unauthorized users and unwanted intrusions is crucial for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). These policies and procedures protect the information of individuals during background checks and guard against data breaches and identity…