Weekly Wrap Up: February 8, 2013

Nick Fishman

This week proved to be eventful as ever. We’re gearing up for our February webinar, “992 Heads are Better than One: HR Industry Attitudes and Opinions on Background Screening Compliance” and we’re excited to present the survey findings to all of you! Stay tuned. We’ve posted on a couple of interesting stories this week, starting the week with “Philadelphia Pediatrician Murdered by Home Repairman.” Angela posted on a major class action suit against K-Mart, based on FCRA violations in the background screening process. Lastly, we posted on a story of possible racial discrimination on the popular show, American Idol. Read our blog for these stories and more. And also follow us on our social networks to stay up to date on our blog posts throughout the week!

Philadelphia Pediatrician Murdered by Home Repairman criminal background check

Few things can make you feel more vulnerable than allowing a complete stranger to come into your home. However, taking care of a home requires maintenance on occasion, whether it’s plumbing or fixing a furnace. When something breaks, it’s an immediate reaction to call someone to fix it right away. In the back of your mind you might be thinking-can I really trust this person? The majority of the time the answer is most likely yes. However, stories like this one bring anxiety to many I’m sure-who are you really letting into your home? Read More

 

 K-Mart to Pay $3M to Settle Background Check Claims 

background screening violationsK-Mart, the mega retailer once known for its blue light specials, is paying out $3 million to settle a class action suit for alleged background screening violations. The suit was settled in mediation, and if approved, it will certify a class of 64,506 people. I did the math, and that’s about $18.09 per person, after the named plaintiff gets his share of $5,000 and his lawyers take out their share—$900,000. Read More

 

 

American Idol Accused of Racial Discrimination?criminal history

American Idol accused of racism-either a bold accusation or a very foolish one. It started with a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by Attorney James Freeman at the end of January. Freeman is asking the EEOC for permission to sue American Idol for racial discrimination based on nine African-American contestants who were disqualified, all of whom also had a criminal history. Read More

 

 

 

 

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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