The Importance of Civil Searches When Conducting a Background Check

According to statistics from the Department of Justice, four to five women are murdered by their partners each day in the United States, and more than two million women annually are injured in incidents of domestic violence, with more than 550,000 requiring medical attention. These incidents can follow an employee into the workplace, jeopardizing the …

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E-Verify Might Soon Become Mandatory for All Employers

E-Verify might soon become a requirement for all employers. Since its inception in 1996, the program has been mandatory for all federal contractors, some state contractors, and companies hiring foreign graduates from U.S. universities to participate in STEP optional training. Currently, less than 10% of American programs are enrolled in the program, according to Lynn …

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MANDATORY UPDATED FCRA NOTICES FOR 2013

The new Consumer Financial Protection Board (“CFPB”) will be enforcing the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).  The CFPB have modified previous forms utilized during background checks and are required under the FCRA.  The new forms are as follows: Summary of Your Rights (for Applicants – must be given to an Applicant before conducting a background …

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New Warning from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) is issuing a new warning to Nationwide Specialty Consumer Reporting Agencies (“NSCRAs”) about giving consumers easy access to consumer reports.  The bulletin from the CFPB is here: http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201211_cfpb_NSCRA_Bulletin.pdf. “Nationwide specialty consumer reporting agencies can have great influence over a consumer’s tenancy, insurance premiums, or even employment,” said CFPB Director …

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EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance

Commission updates guidance on employer use of arrest and conviction records. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued an updated enforcement guide on employer use of arrest and conviction records.  According to the EEOC, the purpose of this guide is to consolidate and update the EEOC’s guidance documents regarding the use of arrest …

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Online Dating Sites to Perform Background Checks

Submitting to a background check is often required before getting a job, renting an apartment, or volunteering at a school or youth program. But dating? The nation’s top dating websites – eHarmony, Match.com and Spark Networks – have collaborated on an agreement with the California Attorney General to protect their clientele from sexual predators by …

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What SMBs Need to Know about Pre-Employment Background Checks

Experts tell us that 80 percent of HR professionals use pre-employment background screening. The background screening market is estimated to be worth two to three billion dollars. Yet many small-and medium-sized businesses are still relying on old-fashioned screening techniques – i.e. asking for and following up with references – rather than conducting professional employment background …

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After Trayvon Martin: Should Neighborhood Watch Groups Require Criminal Background Checks?

Now that the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February has been charged with second-degree murder, some national experts are suggesting that neighborhood watch organizations across the country need to take a good, hard look at themselves. While local crime-watch groups exist to make neighborhoods safer, volunteer George Zimmerman’s harassment and …

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