Category Archives: News & Announcements

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Equifax Data Breach Exposes 143 Million Americans to Identity Theft

Equifax announced yesterday that they have suffered a data breach that exposes 143 million people to identity theft. The hack was discovered on July 29th, but consumers were not alerted until September 07th due to the company’s investigation. The breach yielded consumer’s names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and driver’s license numbers. In addition, Equifax stated that credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. consumers were stolen as well as “certain dispute documents” containing personal information for 182,000 individuals.

Equifax offers a site to enroll in free credit monitoring in response to this incident (https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/enroll/). Please note that their terms of use effective September 6, 2017 for utilizing this service limits the ability for a potential consumer to participate in a class action lawsuit. (https://trustedidpremier.com/static/terms).

If you are concerned that you were affected by the Equifax data breach, regularly review your statements and check your credit now. A great resource for periodically checking your credit report is www.AnnualCreditReport.com. This is a government-sponsored site that allows consumers to check their credit report, for free, through each of the major credit bureaus once every 12 months.

CRC customers can reach out to CRC’s Customer Care Group at 1-877-272-0266 Extension 0 if they have any questions about this article!


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9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on Robins V. Spokeo, Inc

The Ninth Circuit’s recent Robins V. Spokeo ruling alleges a concrete injury by Spokeo, Inc due to technical FCRA violations. While this case still needs to be tried at the district court level, this should be a reminder for all users of background screening services to understand the technical requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and work with a Consumer Reporting Agency that will provide you with assistance on how to comply.

Click the link below for the full article! https://goo.gl/Rm7Czm

Have questions about the Robins V. Spokeo ruling? CRC customers can call the Customer Care Group at 877-272-0266 X 0.


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Broward Health’s Interim CEO Making $650,000 Annually Discovered to Hold a Master’s Degree from a Diploma Mill.

Broward Health’s Interim CEO Making $650,000 Annually Discovered to Hold a Master’s Degree from a Diploma Mill.

The new CEO for Broward Health obtained a master’s degree in health administration from a defunct institution, Kennedy-Western University. Her degree was identified as originating from a diploma mill during the education verification portion of her background check.

Diploma Mills are organizations that are not accredited by the U.S. Department of Education and claim to be a higher education institution, but they offer illegitimate academic degrees and diplomas for a fee. NAPBS accredited background screening agencies are required to conduct education verifications to ensure that diploma mills are identified, and as an NAPBS accredited firm, CRC can help ensure that your hiring requirements are met! Click the link below for the full article!

https://goo.gl/Ebj5Li

Please reach out to CRC’s Customer Care Group if you have any questions about how our Education Verification services can help you verify your candidate’s education claims!


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NC Senate Bill 445 aims to ease expungements and raise the age of prosecution

Easier expungements and more are soon to be a reality in North Carolina with the signing of Senate Bill 445: CRC Has the Details!

Senate Bill 445 was signed by Gov. Roy Cooper last Friday providing individuals with easier access to expungements for non-violent records and will raise the minimum age of prosecution for non-violent offenses from 16 to 18. The law will go into effect on December 1st. Follow the link below for more information regarding this story.

http://wncn.com/2017/07/28/gov-cooper-to-sign-criminal-record-expungement-raise-the-age-bills-friday/

Please reach out to CRC’s Customer Care Group if you have any questions about how this new bill will affect your background screening results!

 


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Ban the Box Legislation for State Government Hiring Clears NC House Committee

Excerpted from newsobserver.com, by Colin Campbell 

Legislation to help people with criminal records get state government jobs is advancing in the N.C. House.

House Bill 409 unanimously passed the House State Personnel Committee Wednesday and is similar to “ban the box” proposals. It would ban state agencies from asking about an applicant’s criminal record until the person has received an interview.

The requirement wouldn’t apply to private companies, and it wouldn’t apply to law enforcement jobs or positions that “involve direct interaction with minors or the elderly.”

“This gives the opportunity for people to interview the person who’s applying for the job before they discount them,” said Rep. Rena Turner, the Iredell County Republican who sponsored the bill with three other Republicans. “If they have the qualifications for that job, then they need to have the opportunity to be employed. This does not deny anyone the ability to do a record check after they’ve had that initial interview.”

You can read the full article HERE


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CRC to sponsor Practice Putting Green – Rex Hospital Open

We are excited to sponsor the Practice Putting Green at the 30th annual Rex Hospital Open. This year’s Open will be held from June 1- June 4, 2017 at the beautiful course at TPC Wakefield Plantation. If you are interested in Champion’s Club tickets courtesy of CRC, please reach out to Dorian Dehnel. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Click on the following site for more information about the tournament


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SHRM 17 Annual Conference – New Orleans

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We will be exhibiting at the SHRM17 Annual Conference and Exposition in New Orleans from June 18 to June 21. Be sure to stop by Booth #249 to learn how CriminalRecordCheck.com (CRC) takes the Stress Out of Background Checks.  If you are stressed out and frustrated with long turnaround times, unresponsive customer service or inaccurate reporting, you will not want to miss this chance to speak with us.  While you are at our booth, don’t forget to enter into our Daily Drawing or pick up a stress-relief gift.

We’ve partnered with SHRM to offer our customers a special discount for a limited time, save $200 on a full conference registration when you register with code ANN17EXPOSAVE. Click here to download your Complimentary Expo Pass.  

Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for Conference Updates, Announcements of the Winners of our Daily Drawings and the latest news in the Background Screening Industry.  Hope to see you there!

 


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New Hanover Regional Medical Center Founders’ Gala 2017

On Saturday, January 28, 2017 the Founders’ Gala kicked off the social season at the Air Wilmington Hanger at ILM Airport. This event featured epicurean delights from top chefs around Wilmington and live music. The Founders’ Gala raises money each year to support the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. This year, more than 600 supporters of NHRMC including physicians, care partners, corporate business partners, community leaders, and our own VP of Business Development, Dorian Dehnel, with his wife, Shelley Mitchell, were all in attendance.

 


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Los Angeles Ban the Box – Effective January 22, 2017

Los Angeles is the latest jurisdiction to Ban the Box with the “Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box)”.  The ordinance was signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti on December 9th and goes into effect on January 22, 2017.

As a result of this ordinance, employers are prohibited from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history until a conditional job offer has been made.  The ordinance applies to employers that are located in or doing business in Los Angeles and employ at least 10 employees.

Prior to taking adverse action against an applicant based on their  criminal history, the employer must perform an Individualized Assessment.  A copy of the Individualized Assessment and any other information or documentation supporting the adverse action must be provided to the applicant.  After providing the applicant with the documentation supporting the adverse action, the employer must wait at least five (5) business days before filling the position or taking adverse action against the applicant.  If the applicant provides additional information or documentation within the five (5) business days, the employer is required to consider the information and perform a written reassessment, which is required to be provided to the applicant if adverse action is ultimately taken against the applicant.

The four exceptions to the ordinance are as follows:

  • The employer is required by law to obtain information regarding a conviction of an applicant.
  • The applicant would be required to possess or use a firearm in the course of his or her employment.
  • The applicant has been convicted of a crime is prohibited by law from holding the position sought.
  • An employer is prohibited by law from hiring an applicant who has been convicted of a crime.

Click here for the full text of  Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box)