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8th Circuit Finds Applicants Do Not Have Right to Explain Accurate Background Checks

In a recent case, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (FCRA’s) requirement to provide job applicants with the right to dispute the accuracy of background checks does not simultaneously provide a right to argue accurately reported convictions. In doing so, the court dismissed a lawsuit filed by …

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Michigan Unemployment Agency Hired ‘High-Risk’ Workers with Criminal Records

At the onset of the pandemic, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) was in a rush to hire thousands of workers (with the help of three staffing agencies). In their haste, they failed to ensure that background checks were conducted. A recent audit found that as a result of this hiring, individuals previously convicted of …

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Boston Bar Did Not Conduct Background Check on Bouncer Accused of Murder

A bouncer at a Boston bar was arrested and is being held without bail on murder charges, accused of stabbing a 23-year-old, recently discharged Marine after denying him entry into the establishment. The manager of the bar reported that no background check was conducted prior to his hire, as they had briefly known him from …

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Hire Image’s Top Ten Background Screening Predictions for 2022

1. COVID-19 Vaccination Records & Testing Impact on the Workplace Due to the ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic and new measures to encourage vaccination, employers will be faced with new recordkeeping requirements. In addition to the mandates on health care workers and federal contractors, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) …

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Top 10 Background Screening Predictions 2021

Hire Image’s Top Ten Background Screening Predictions for 2021

1. Background Screening Challenges Continue as a Result of COVID-19 Various government, business, and education closures have been a necessary, but concerning, effect of the pandemic. These closures have had broad implications across many different industries, including background screening. And there is little doubt these implications will continue into 2021. Court closures remain in jurisdictions …

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Convicted Felon Doctor Hired to Work with Rhode Island’s Vulnerable Population

Another recent hiring situation demonstrates the clear importance of comprehensive background checks and the vital information they provide for employers. Dr. Andrew Stone had lost his medical license as a result of a felony conviction for repeatedly exposing himself to young boys. While his license to practice medicine was reinstated years later, and while the …

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Lies about Education and Work Experience Could Get You a Job … or Prison Time

An impostor nurse who lied about her education and work experience to land a series of high-paying health care jobs has been sentenced to 65 months in prison, the Justice Department said Wednesday. The defendant, identified as Sonja Emery, defrauded employers of more than $2.2 million and evaded more than $697,000 in taxes, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax …

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Utah’s Criminal Justice Reform Failed to Reduce Number of Reoffenders

In 2014, Utah legislators implemented extensive criminal justice reform with the passage of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) to reduce both the number of people sent to prison and those who later reoffend.  A legislative audit released this week shows that only one of those goals was met – the number of prisoners, especially those …

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