Tag Archives: Background Checks

California Federal Court Strikes Down FCRA Claim

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Earlier this month, in a case pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Home Depot avoided a class action suit under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The lawsuit accused the company of improperly obtaining personal information about job applicants by relying on background check authorization forms that did not … Continue reading this entry

Is Your Background Check Too Broad? New D.C. Law Bans Requests for or Use of Credit Information

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Credit information is often one component of a comprehensive employment background check. As we have previously reported, employers utilizing background checks performed by a credit reporting agency are subject to a number of notice, consent, and other requirements under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).   A new D.C. law goes even further than the FCRA, … Continue reading this entry

California Employers Further Restricted From Using Criminal History

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California continues its lead in restricting use of criminal records with the Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) recently finalizing new regulations that further limit a California employer’s ability to use criminal history when making employment decisions. The regulations, borrowing heavily from the EEOC’s 2012 Guidance, will be effective July 1, 2017.… Continue reading this entry

Hiring 101: Background Checks

When appropriately used, background checks can be a powerful tool in making employment decisions. However, an employer that wants to obtain background checks from a consumer reporting agency must be cognizant of a number of laws that can limit when it may obtain a background check and how it may use the information revealed by … Continue reading this entry

Is Your Company Using the Right Form for Background Checks?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (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 utilizing consumer reports in conducting background investigations of prospective and current employees, including criminal background checks.… Continue reading this entry