background check

Starbucks to settle alleged FCRA background check violations

Two pending class action lawsuits accusing Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by using flawed background reports to reject job applicants are being combined in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in preparation for a settlement, according to Yahoo. According to pleadings in the first action,…

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Delta to pay $2.3M to settle background check lawsuit

Delta Air Lines has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit. The suit alleges it failed to provide approximately 44,000 applicants with a stand-alone background check disclosure, which would be in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and California law. Delta’s forms contained extraneous and misleading information, according to…

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Amazon drivers say background checks discriminate against minorities

A group of black and Latino former drivers for Amazon have filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court, alleging that Amazon discriminated against them when it fired them based on a background check policy. The drivers claim that in 2016, Amazon began implementing an overly strict background check policy. This new policy caught old and…

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Nearly 130 Chicago school workers out after background check review

A review of Chicago Public Schools’ background checks prompted by a newspaper investigation has resulted in 128 school district employees being terminated, recommended for dismissal or simply resigning under scrutiny. Among the 128 workers were nine teachers, 35 people classified as classroom aides, and an unspecified number of people the district lists as substitute or…

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Seasonal background check push set to begin

Every year, as we move through fall, many companies begin their seasonal hiring processes. From retail stores to restaurants to consumer delivery, a plethora of industries boost their employment levels during the holiday season. Given the short time-frame, however, many work in haste and cut corners. Seasonal positions are known for their quick hires and…

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Will E-Verify soon be mandatory?

Last month, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill introduced the E-Verify System Act of 2018. This legislation would require all employers to use the E-Verify system to ensure that newly hired employees are either United States citizens or foreign nationals authorized to work in the U.S. legally. While it is already unlawful to hire an individual without…

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Uber begins monitoring U.S. driver background checks continuously

To better protect their riders, Uber is rolling out ongoing background checks for its drivers. According to Axios, these new ongoing background checks allow a real-time collection of background screening data data on drivers. Uber will be notified if a driver is newly charged with a criminal offense and, from there, Uber can decide if…

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The right way to reference check — and why it's important

We run a lot of reference checks for our clients, and we speak to many, many more organizations that have run their own reference checks in the past. The most concerning thing we see? The lack of care and attention most organizations give to these checks. A reference check is a fantastic opportunity to really get…

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Uber fined $8.9 million for Colorado background checks

Last month, Colorado regulators fined Uber $8.9 million for allowing 57 drivers with criminal or motor vehicle offenses onto its network. “We have determined that Uber had background check information that should have disqualified these drivers under the law, but they were allowed to drive anyway,” Doug Dean, director of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, CPUC,…

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Firearm background checks hit new record on Black Friday

An Executive Order issued earlier this month by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey instructs all state agencies to adopt new hiring procedures related to the employment of individuals with a criminal record. The order intends to provide a second chance and increased employment opportunities to Arizonans who have served their time and been released. Under the new policy,…

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