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Social Media - The Double-Edged Sword For Screening Job Applicants

It’s become second-nature to “Google” people to whom you’ve been introduced or are planning to meet. For many employers, it’s just as easy to engage in the same process with those applying for employment. When an...more

Background Check Forms Face Increased Scrutiny in Federal Court

Businesses should check their background check consent forms and their pre-adverse action waiting periods, after a recent federal court decision out of Pennsylvania. ...more

Nevada Imposes Restrictions On The Use Of Credit Reports In Employment Decisions

Employers frequently use credit reports (sometimes referred to as “consumer reports”) as a tool in determining whether to hire, promote or retain an employee. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), a federal law, allows an...more

Seattle Adopts Ordinance Limiting Inquiries Into and Use of Criminal Records for Employment Purposes

Effective November 1, 2013, Seattle, Washington will join various other jurisdictions (most recently Minnesota, Indiana, North Carolina and Buffalo, New York) that limit inquiries into and the use of criminal records for...more

Is Your Criminal Screening Process Compliant?

An employer’s reluctance in hiring an applicant with a criminal history is understandable and sensible. Employers have an obligation to ensure a safe workplace, can be fined for failing to enact safeguards against workplace...more

New Federal Agency Rings In The New Year With New FCRA Background Check Forms

Employers that use third parties to perform background checks on applicants or employees must start using new Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) forms immediately. The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is...more

Is Your Company Using the Right Form for Background Checks?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “Bureau”) has taken over rulemaking and enforcement responsibilities for the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) and has updated an important FCRA form that employers must use when...more

Legal Challenges to Applicant Credit Checks

Employers face rising criticism regarding their use of credit histories in hiring decisions. Civil rights advocates raise concerns that use of credit histories unfairly disadvantages certain segments of the population....more

Use of Credit Checks as a Hiring Screen Draws Questions

Credit checks have become a common tool for employers looking for information to screen employees. Especially for employers who are inundated with employment applications in this tight job market, credit checks are an easy...more

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