Angela Preston – EmployeeScreenIQ

New York AG Blasts Background Screening Process

Last week a press release from the New York Attorney General’s office raised some eyebrows about background screening practices—not an uncommon headline these days. According to the release “Four of the nation’s largest…more


San Francisco Joins the Growing Number to Ban The Box

Employers in the city or county of San Francisco may no longer inquire about criminal history on employment applications or during interviews. Titled the The Fair Chance Ordinance, No. 17-14, the new law prohibits both private…more


K-Mart to Pay $3M to settle Background Screening Claim

K-Mart, the mega retailer 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…more

| Consumer Protection, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

Trend to Watch in 2012: Reining In Data Brokers

As 2012 drew to a close, two federal agencies made it clear that they intended to continue their focus on web-based information providers—so-called “data brokers”. On December 14, 2012, The FTC issued orders for information from…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Court Allows Discovery of Private Posts on Facebook

Facebook is a seemingly endless source of juicy intel. As such, I always recommend that users lock down their privacy settings if they want to keep “the man” out of their timeline. Public posts are fair game for employers and…more

| Civil Procedure, Electronic Discovery, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

Indiana Law Takes a Bite Out of Criminal Background Checks

A new Indiana law limits certain types of criminal history information available to employers conducting background checks. The new law provides that, effective July 1, 2012, ex-offenders who have "restricted" records can state…more

| Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

Federal Contractor Settles Discrimination Claims for 2M

The DOL looks to be taking a chapter straight from the EEOC’s playbook, using its enforcement authority over federal contractors to allege discrimination by challenging the impact of background screening programs…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Consumer Protection

Update: Spokeo Settles with the FTC for $800,000

Today marks a first for the FTC, which announced a settlement with Spokeo to the tune of $800,000. This is the first case of it's kind, involving the investigation of a web-based search engine by the FTC, resulting in a big…more

| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers,...

Spokeo: Back on the Hot Seat in the 9th Circuit

So what is a site like Spokeo? A CRA? A data broker? Just a search engine? None of the above? The 9th Circuit is being ask to revive a case alleging that the site is used by employers to conduct background checks, and should…more

| Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Consumer...

Ban the Box- Security Info Watch

This article was originally published in Security Info Watch ( It discusses the recent wave of legislation aimed at limiting the use of credit and criminal information in the hiring process. The so-called…more

| Labor & Employment Law

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