Corrected: 3.8M Settlement for Background Check Claims: Employers, Listen Up!

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Another large background screening company  has agreed to pay a multimillion dollar settlement to end a class action alleging of violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  We told you about another case resulting in a hefty settlement here. The latest in a series of unfortunate attacks on background screening practices is Henderson v. Verifications Incorporated, and the defendant, a background screening company, has agreed to pay $3.8M to settle a class action filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia. I learned about the settlement from a recent post on the legal blog Law 360.  The settlement includes an “incentive” payment of $3.75M and includes a big fat paycheck ($1.125M) for the plaintiff’s legal team, plus court costs and expenses.  In my opinion the result is disappointing, with no real upside for anyone involved.  Even if a company does everything right, they can still be sued. And in this case, nothing was actually “settled”.

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Have You Ever Been Committed? Gun Ownership v. Employment Background Checks

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Over the past couple months, we’ve blogged about the differences between the universal background checks used for gun purchases and those used for employment background checks.  As the U.S. Senate closes in on a deal to mandate universal background checks on people who purchase guns, we thought we would highlight another key difference: the use of mental health records.

Mental health background checks are a key component of current federal law regarding gun ownership and one we are sure will be expanded. The Huffington Post’s Josh Horowitz outlines the government’s current requirements below:

Under federal law, an individual is prohibited from buying or possessing firearms if they have been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or “committed to a mental institution.” A person is “adjudicated as a mental defective” if a court — or other entity having legal authority to make adjudications — has made a determination that an individual, as a result of mental illness: Continue reading Have You Ever Been Committed? Gun Ownership v. Employment Background Checks

Claims Filed Against Target Corp. for Unfair Hiring Practices

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The NAACP and a Minnesota community group have filed claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that Target Corporation’s use of employment background checks constitutes a discriminatory practice.  The groups claims that Target denied job interviews to candidates with criminal records regardless of age, correlation to job responsibilities and even in cases of where convictions were expunged.

Target denied any wrongdoing in the StarTribune:

“We explained that Target’s criminal background check process is carefully designed to ensure that we provide a safe and secure working and shopping environment for our team members Continue reading Claims Filed Against Target Corp. for Unfair Hiring Practices

2/28/2013 EmployeeScreenIQ Employment Screening Trends Survey Webinar: 992 Heads Are Better Than 1

What are you doing February 28th? Coming to our webinar, 992 Heads are Better than One: Balancing Applicant Rights & What Employers Need to Know, of course! We’ll be discussing the results of our 2013 Employment Screening Trends Survey and you won’t want to miss it. You’ll hear about what survey participants said on topics such as the latest EEOC guidance in 2012, criminal convictions, candidate criminal record disclosure and more. We look forward to seeing you there!

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These days employment background checks have become a full contact sport. With a seemingly endless stream of regulation, legislation and guidance passed at federal and state levels, employers have to be on top of their game.

Be among the first to hear the results and to benchmark our findings with your policies and practices. Join background screening experts Jason Morris, Nick Fishman and Angela Bosworth, J.D. for a free webinar on February 28th at 2pm EST titled, “992 Heads are Better than One: Balancing Applicant Rights & What Employers Need to Know.”

EmployeeScreenIQ polled nearly 1,000 HR professionals to uncover how screening practices within their organizations have evolved in order to incorporate these new regulations into their program while balancing the need to protect their company.

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2/18/2013 EmployeeScreenIQ Webinar Spotlights HR Industry Response to Critical Hiring Challenges, Unveils 2013 Trends Survey Results

Today’s precarious hiring environment leaves little room for error. With a seemingly endless stream of legislation passed at the federal and state levels and discrimination lawsuits mounting, employers conducting background checks must be on top of their game. EmployeeScreenIQ’s fourth annual trends survey indicates the industry is up to the challenge.

HR professionals are invited to attend a free webcast from EmployeeScreenIQ, the leading global provider of employment background screening services, and discover how nearly 1,000 of their industry peers are evolving their screening practices to satisfy new regulations while balancing the pressing needs of their organizations. Attendees will also pick up some practical tips from the experts for handling challenging hiring situations. The webinar, scheduled for February 28 and titled, “992 Heads Are Better than One: HR Industry Attitudes and Opinions on Background Screening Compliance,” will offer attendees a first look at the results of the company’s much-anticipated 2013 trends survey, which polled 992 U.S.-based employers regarding their use of employment background checks.

Is Hiring More Felons Good for Business?

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The hearing on the EEOC’s Guidance to Employers on Criminal Background Checks held by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights continues to draw sharp responses by those opposed to the new rules.  Today, the Wall Street Journal published an Op-Ed written by author James Bovard in which he cynically wonders whether it should be a federal crime for businesses not to hire those with criminal records.   Bovard clearly embraces the concept that employment background checks are a vital screening tool that must be considered when determining qualified candidates and takes the EEOC to task for their past and current actions against employers. Continue reading Is Hiring More Felons Good for Business?

Weekly Wrap Up-February 15, 2013

In case you didn’t stop by our blog this week, keep reading to read about a couple of our latest stories. This week Nick revealed some interesting truths on credit reports and how they are used in an employment background check. We also posted new information concerning the EEOC guidance and how the latest guidance could be unfair to employers. And lastly, but perhaps most importantly, we officially opened registration for our February webinar, 992 Heads are Better than One: Balancing Applicant Rights & What Employers Need to Know. The webinar will include a review and discussion on the results of our 2013 Employment Screening Trends Survey, so you definitely won’t want to miss this one! There were a couple other interesting stories this week, so check out our blog for more posts.

 

Half Truth About Credit Reports Doesn’t Tell the Whole StoryEmployment Credit Reports

After reading “Bad Credit Ratings Sinking Job Hunters”, posted on CBS.com, I can’t help but feel that the author is doing a disservice to both employers and those seeking employment. The article highlights a few instances where job applicants were denied employment based on adverse information found on their employment background check; specifically negative information contained in a credit report. Those of you that know me or follow this blog know that I am not a huge champion for employment credit reports, however there are good explanations for why and when employers use them. Read More

 

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Don’t Open Your Door to This Salesman

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t often find salesmen at my door anymore. However, this frightening occurrence near San Antonio might make you think twice if someone does knock on your door.

In a neighborhood in Rogers Ranch, Lauren (no last name provided) was harassed by a man claiming that he was selling magazine subscriptions. The man, Justin Mahoney, also claimed he worked for Tower of Power Sales Inc, which according to KENS 5 in San Antonio, does not exist, nor has it ever existed. According to Lauren, Mahoney received her name from a neighbor and then began yelling for her to come to the door. She eventually chased him off her property.

Lauren spent some time after this experience searching for information via a background check she conducted online. She didn’t find all of his information but she found his mug shot from an arrest in Florida as well as information on other convictions. KENS 5 also reported that Mahoney has “felony convictions in Ohio and Florida for crimes ranging from forgery to grand theft auto.”

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992 Heads are Better than One: Balancing Applicant Rights & What Employers Need to Know

What are you doing February 28th? Coming to our webinar, 992 Heads are Better than One: Balancing Applicant Rights & What Employers Need to Know, of course! We’ll be discussing the results of our 2013 Employment Screening Trends Survey and you won’t want to miss it. You’ll hear about what survey participants said on topics such as the latest EEOC guidance in 2012, criminal convictions, candidate criminal record disclosure and more. We look forward to seeing you there!

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