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Woman Sues Employer and Background Screener Over Mix-Up that Turned Life ‘Upside Down’

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A Florida woman is struggling after a mix up with her employers’ background screening process allegedly resulted in her losing her home, her vehicle, and her children. She shares the same name and date of birth as a violent offender in Pennsylvania. The employee notes that this case of mistaken identity has happened before with

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Newspaper’s Hiring of a Convicted Sex Offender Raises Questions About Ban the Box Compliance

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A newspaper in New Mexico hired a convicted sex offender to report on local schools. When it was reported that the employee was on the sex offender registry, the paper stated that he had failed to self-disclose that information. The employer then pointed to New Mexico’s recent passing of ban the box regulations to explain

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Nevada Passes Law Banning Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing

Effective January 1, 2020, employers will be barred from conducting pre-employment drug testing for marijuana in the state of Nevada. Nevada is the first state to enact a law that will restrict employers from utilizing a positive marijuana drug test for employment screening purposes. The law states that it “is unlawful for any employer in

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US Navy Expands Drug Screening Policies Due to Alarming Synthetic Opioid Statistics

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Effective immediately, the U.S. Navy will start testing all drug screening urine samples for Fentanyl, a highly addictive synthetic opioid. The expanded screening initiative is due to alarming data issued by the CDC’s National Vital Statistics Report on March 21, 2019. The announcement, which you can read by clicking here, states that overdose deaths due

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New Executive Order Restricts NC Public Sector From Viewing Applicants’ Salary Histories

On April 2nd, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order prohibiting agencies in his administration from reviewing the salary histories of their job applicants. The Governor stated that this restriction was put in place to reduce the pay gap between men and women in NC. Human Resources and Talent Acquisition managers in the

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CRC Exhibiting at Tri-State Healthcare Human Resources Conference – Connect, Innovate, and Transform

CRC will be exhibiting at the 2019 Tri-State Healthcare Human Resources Conference. This year the conference is being held at the Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes from Wednesday, April 3 to Friday, April 5. Click here to learn more about the Tri-State HR Conference Going along with this year’s conference theme

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Record Breaking Fentanyl Bust at US Border Raises Concerns Regarding Drug Screening

On January 31, US Customs and Border Protection made the largest ever bust of Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that’s estimated to be 50 – 100 times more potent than morphine. Due to Fentanyl’s highly addictive properties as well as the fact that it’s often mistaken for and mixed with its less potent relative, Heroin, the American Medical Association

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Delta Air Lines to Pay $2.3 Million to Settle FCRA Class Action Lawsuit

Delta Airlines has agreed to pay $2.3 Million to settle a class action lawsuit for alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations. Approximately 44,000 applicants were affected and are eligible to collect a portion of the settlement. According to the plaintiffs, Delta’s forms contained extraneous and misleading information that could not be understood without an

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Walmart Faces Certified Class Action Lawsuit Over Alleged FCRA Violations

Around 5 million people who applied for a job at Walmart, Inc are now eligible to pursue a class action lawsuit. The plaintiffs are alleging that the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by adding extraneous material to background check notices issued to its applicants. On January 17, 2019, Judge David O. Carter

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Recent Animal Cruelty Charge for Dog Walker Raises Questions About Continuous Background Checks for Gig Employers

A recent incident that resulted in a contractor for a popular dog walking service being charged with animal cruelty has led to many consumers looking into this industry’s standard for background checks. The dog walker was reportedly caught on a surveillance camera in a customer’s home chasing their dog around the house, growling at him,

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Virginia’s Statewide Criminal Database Recently Revealed to be Missing More than 750,000 Records

A recent review of Virginia’s Central Criminal Records Exchange revealed that more than 750,000 records were missing from their database. The Central Criminal Records Exchange is a resource that’s used by agencies and employers nationwide to determine, among other reasons, whether or not their subjects are eligible for a job or to purchase a firearm.

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Amazon Faces Class Action Lawsuit due to Alleged Discrimination During Employment Screening

Amazon is facing a class action lawsuit from multiple former employees due to the effects of an updated background screening policy. The lawsuit alleges that Amazon terminated each of the complainants based on the results of their background checks without considering how the criminal history information affected the employees’ job responsibilities. Furthermore, the plaintiffs state

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Nearly 130 Chicago Public Schools’ Employees Dismissed Due to New Background Screening Policies

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has reevaluated their background screening policies to address safety concerns that their previous guidelines allegedly missed. As a result of these updated rescreening policies, nearly 130 employees have been terminated, recommended for dismissal, or have resigned. While CPS hasn’t notified IL’s Board of Education that the dismissals were related to abuse

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HomeAdvisor’s Background Screening Policies Resulted in a Family Unknowingly Hiring a Contractor With a Criminal Record

A couple in Union County, North Carolina hired a contractor through HomeAdvisor.com to conduct renovations on their home. They selected HomeAdvisor since, according to one of the homeowners, “The things I had read on HomeAdvisor’s site were that they had background checked pros in our area that were experienced.” Unfortunately, the licensed contractor they selected

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CriminalRecordCheck.com (CRC) Fulfills Requirements to Maintain NAPBS Accreditation

CRC is proud to announce that we have successfully fulfilled the requirements to continue in the NAPBS’ Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program! Accredited agencies demonstrate a commitment to legal compliance, consumer protection, and operating at the highest industry standards. This includes completing an interim surveillance audit during the third year of accreditation to ensure that

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NAPBS Pursues Litigation Against Bentonville Arkansas District Court

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) is pursuing litigation against the Clerk of the Bentonville Division of the First Judicial District Court of Benton County Arkansas. The NAPBS is alleging that the clerk is using a “gross misinterpretation” of the State’s Supreme Court’s Administrative Order 19 to deny access to publicly available information.

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Petco Settles for $1.2 million for FCRA Violation in Online Application

Petco just reached a $1.2 million settlement with two job applicants that alleged concrete injury under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Representing a class of over 37,000 job applicants, both plaintiffs alleged that Petco “buries” the background check disclosure in its online application. One of the plaintiffs also argued that she was denied employment

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Ban the Box Sweeps the West Coast with Washington’s Fair Chance Act

Joining California and Oregon, Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the Fair Chance Act (HB 1298) on March 13, 2018. Washington’s version of the “ban the box” law will be effective on June 6, 2018. Much like most traditional ‘ban-the-box’ legislation, the Fair Chance act will prohibit employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal

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Ban the Box Regulations Passed for Kansas City, MO’s Private Sector

Kansas City’s City Council recently approved an extension of its preexisting hiring guidelines that have been in place for public sector employees since 2013. Private sector employers in Kansas City, MO will be required to adhere to “Ban the Box” guidelines effective June 9, 2018. Under the new rules of Section 38-104, Kansas City employers

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California “Ban the Box” Law Now In Effect

Last year, California’s Governor signed a statewide “Ban-the-Box” law to go into effect on January 1, 2018. This law will put restrictions on when an applicant can be asked to disclose their criminal history for hiring purposes. It requires that employers remove this check box or question from their applications. Click here for a detailed

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