Please join me next week for a discussion about what employers need to be aware of regarding pre-employment background checks to ensure you have compliant background screening policies and procedures in place. Some of the topics I will discuss include the Fair Credit Reporting Act, state law regarding restrictions on the use of credit information

A series of recent class action complaints against employers leads me to write about what employers can do to mitigate risk with respect to their background screening program.

I’m talking about pre-employment background checks when an employer uses the services of a third-party background screening company. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) (15 U.S.C.

Background checks for employment screening purposes may contain different information.  Most common would be the use of criminal history information, but there are times when an employer requests that their background screening vendor also provide credit history information for a job applicant or employee.

Employers who request credit history information be included in background investigations

Rhode Island has a quirky statute that arguably requires any consumer reporting agency who provides credit reports or information to state residents to register with the Department of State – Business Services Division.

I strongly encourage all background screening companies doing business in Rhode Island to work with their legal counsel to determine if they

The Affordable Care Act provides grants to states to implement background check programs for prospective long-term-care employees in settings such as nursing facilities, home health agencies and hospices. The grant program,  known as the National Background Check Program (NBCP), is intended to ensure that long-term-care employees undergo a minimum level of screening to protect patients. 

Here’s a free webinar that will snap you out of your deep despair over the fact that it is now dark at 5:02 pm.

I will join Hire Image CEO, Christine Cunneen, to present a 1 hour webinar packed with actionable information and best practices to help you:
  • Minimize the risk associated with background screening

On Wednesday the 16th, at 2 pm EST, I will conduct a free webinar  entitled, “Crucial Steps to FCRA Compliant Background Checks: Is Your Company Compliant?”  The webinar is directed toward employers who request and use background checks from private background screening companies and will walk listeners through compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting

This week New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold on hearing on New York City’s Proposed Int. No. 261-A, which would ban the use of consumer credit history, making its use potentially an unlawful discriminatory practice. Certain exceptions apply to the general prohibition on an employer, or their agent’s, request or use

Representative Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, has introduced H.R. 645 in the House of Representatives.  The legislation would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to prohibit employers from using credit reports in the hiring process as well as prohibit the use of credit reports for the purpose of making adverse employment decisions.  The