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Staying Ahead of the Law: Four Ways to Maintain FCRA Compliance in 2015

Last year saw a dramatic rise in the number of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class action lawsuits brought against employers.  [See our 2014 blog posts from March and October.]  With those numbers expected to rise even more in 2015, the importance of compliance cannot be overstated.  Employers must pay close attention to the rules and regulations …

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The FBI database isn’t what it’s cracked up to be

February 12, 2013 The Federal Bureau of Investigation keeps a listing of identifying information taken from fingerprints submitted voluntarily by various criminal justice agencies in connection with arrests, or relating to naturalization or military service.  Many employers are under the impression that this FBI identification database is the “gold standard” in background screening. In reality, …

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Contrary to popular belief…The real story behind background screening reports

This morning, The Today Show ran a Rossen Report segment about how background screening companies have made reporting mistakes that caused candidates to unfortunately lose out on job opportunities. Specifically, the report followed several job seekers who were mistaken for criminals with the same or similar names, thus ruining their chances for getting hired. Contrary …

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Can you be forced to hire an ex-offender?

October 23, 2012 With high unemployment rates, employers are receiving more applications than ever before in an attempt to fill what limited job openings they have with the most qualified candidates. When reviewing applications, employers should be aware of the new federal protections in place for criminal ex-offenders. On April 25, 2012, the US Equal …

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