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CFPB Takes Action Under FCRA Against Employment Background Check Providers

On October 29, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the settlement of an enforcement action against two of the country’s largest employment background screening report providers for failing to...more

CFPB Obtains $13M FCRA Settlement with Employee Background Screening Providers

The CFPB recently initiated an enforcement action against General Information Services (GIS) and its affiliate, e-Background-checks.com, Inc. (BGC) for allegedly violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to...more

CFPB Announces Consent Order with Employment Background Screening Report Providers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) announcement that it has entered into a consent order with two affiliated companies that generate and provide employment background screening reports serves as a reminder to...more

CFPB announces consent order with employment background screening report providers

The CFPB recently announced that it has entered into a consent order with two affiliated companies that generate and provide employment background screening reports. The consent order settles charges that the companies, which...more

Background check companies to pay $13 million for FCRA violations

General Information Services (GIS) and e-Background-checks.com Inc. (e-Background) agreed to pay $13 million in restitution and fines to settle their violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) charged by the Consumer...more

CFPB’s Message to Employment Background Screening Providers: A Rose by Any Other Middle Name is Probably the Wrong Person

On October 29, the CFPB took action against two of the country’s largest employment background screening report providers for violations of the FCRA. This is one of the CFPB’s most significant FCRA actions to date, following...more

New York City Fair Chance Act

New York City’s Fair Chance Act took effect last week, amending the New York City Human Rights Law by prohibiting covered employers from asking about criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment has been...more

The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Misnamed but Mischievous

While its name might indicate that it is aimed at credit checks, the Fair Credit Reporting Act also regulates employer background checks. Indeed, the FCRA contains a number of potential traps for employers that a new wave of...more

CFPB Enforcement Action Against Two Background Screeners

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it has taken action against two large background screening companies.  Yes, you are reading this correctly.  The CFPB…not the Federal Trade Commission, has taken...more

Employment Law - October 2015 #3

New California Employment Laws on Fair Pay, Waiver of Meal Periods - Why it matters: California continues its focus on employment-related legislation. Touted as the toughest law of its kind in the nation, Senate...more

Fenwick Employment Brief

Legislative Update - Governor Brown recently signed into state law the following employment law bills (among others): SB 358—Referred to as the California Fair Pay Act, this law is directed at closing the pay...more

Background Screening – When is Section 603(y) Applicable?

When a company uses commercial background checks to evaluate the suitability of job applicants, they must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which regulates the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer...more

New York City Severely Limits Employers' Right to Background Checks - Recent Legislation "Bans the Box" and Forbids Credit Checks...

Employers in New York City (NYC) now face restrictions on the types of information they can seek about prospective employees, either through job applications, interviews, independent research or background checks. This is due...more

Data privacy in the Americas - At a glance

As multinational employers are aware, data privacy laws can vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Ensuring compliance with the different requirements can be challenging, and the penalties for noncompliance can be...more

Amazon’s motion for summary judgment denied in FCRA class action suit

U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman denied Amazon, Inc.’s (Amazon) motion for summary judgment on October 7, 2015, in Illinois federal court, in a class action case over alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act...more

Employment Law - October 2015

FTC Offers Employers Lesson in FCRA Compliance—And Limited Exceptions - Why it matters: A California employer recently received a lesson in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance from the Federal Trade...more

The Fair Chance Act And Stop Credit Discrimination In Employment Act--New Interpretations From The NYCCHR

Earlier this year, the New York City Council passed two laws which place limitations on an employer’s ability to use background checks including credit checks (otherwise known as consumer reports) in employment decisions: the...more

What Should Employers Expect During The New Supreme Court Term?

The first Monday in October is the traditional first day of a new U.S. Supreme Court term.  As always, the 2015-16 term will have several cases that are of particular interest to the nation’s employers.  Here is a review of...more

NYC Commission on Human Rights Explains New NYC Background Check Laws

We were pleased to host a program on September 28, 2015 on New York City’s two new background check laws, the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act and the Fair Chance Act. Paul Keefe, Supervising Attorney at the NYC...more

FCRA Class Action Suits on the Rise

It is a common practice for employers to check criminal backgrounds or credit ratings of potential, and sometimes current, employees. Background checks that provide this type of information are helpful to employers when...more

EEOC Settles Background Check Litigation with BMW, But Also Faces Steep Attorneys’ Fees in Freeman Case

After several high-profile setbacks in disparate impact discrimination lawsuits challenging criminal record screening policies, the EEOC has entered into a settlement (consent decree) in one of its few remaining cases, a...more

The Background Check Conundrum: “Manufacturing” a Problem (Pun Intended)

I am a longtime advocate of pre-employment criminal background checks. So I have watched with resigned acceptance as the EEOC, over 100 states and cities across the United States, and other public advocates have fought to...more

Two New NYC Statutes Constrain Hiring Process - Hedge Up - A Heads-Up on Employment Issues Confronting the Hedge Fund Industry

If you read one thing... - Two new employment statutes place additional burden on New York City firms during prospective employee screening and provide fodder for the plaintiffs’ bar - Credit history and...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2015

A federal appellate court recently reinstated a lawsuit brought by a dining services employee who claimed that she was sexually harassed by a male coworker. According to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a reasonable jury...more

FTC provides guidance on FCRA requirements for employer background checks

When examining banks and companies subject to CFPB supervisory authority for FCRA compliance, CFPB examiners will look at whether the bank or company has followed FCRA requirements for use of background checks on employees...more

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