background checks

What is a child abuse registry check?

For organizations that work with children, creating and maintaining a safe environment for these children is critical. This is where a child abuse registry check comes into play. A child abuse registry check allows an employer/organization to determine whether a prospective employee or volunteer has a record of child abuse or neglect. It’s an act…

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Report: Thousands of criminals cleared to be Uber drivers

According to a new report on CNN, thousands of criminals have been cleared to drive for Uber despite their significant criminal history. The report found Uber and Lyft “pushed back on government efforts to add other layers of scrutiny to the screening process” and “successfully fought off additional backgrounding requirements for drivers such as fingerprint scans…

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Frito-Lay pays $2.4M to settle background check claims

Frito-Lay Inc. has agreed to pay $2.4 million to resolve claims that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by using improper disclosure forms for obtaining consumer reports for pre-employment background checks. The FCRA requires employers to use certain documents and to follow specified policies and practices when they use background checks to assess the…

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Uber boosts background check program

In a recent blog post, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the company will be boosting their background check program in two fundamental ways: Annual reruns: In the past, Uber conducted background check reruns in jurisdictions where required. Going forward, the company will proactively rerun criminal and motor vehicle checks each year, regardless of whether there is…

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Maryland drops nearly 15% of new Uber, Lyft drivers for failing background checks

Nearly 15 percent of new ride-hail drivers in Maryland have been dropped from the apps over the past six months for failing state screening, despite having passed Uber and Lyft’s background checks, says state Public Service Commission (PSC). The rejections included 460 applicants with disqualifying criminal histories and 900 who were flagged because of issues…

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57% of Denver child-welfare workers can't prove they passed background checks

More than half of Denver child-welfare caseworkers (57%) could not prove they had passed required background checks during a recent review. This information was revealed in an audit report, published just this month. “Those who protect our smallest citizens and our aging loved ones must be held to high standards, and that includes proof of background…

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Study: 75% of employers have made a bad hire in the past 12 months

CareerBuilder survey, 75% of employers said they have hired the wrong person for a position in the last twelve months. Of those who had a bad hire affect their business, the average cost of the bad hire was $17,000. That’s a significant sum for most small businesses and emphasizes why it’s so important to run comprehensive…

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Full background checks now required for Uber and Lyft drivers in CA

Uber paid a $7.5 million fine amidst claims that they used background checks on drivers without applicants’ knowledge or authorization to make hiring decisions. Just a few months earlier they had settled a case in California for $10 million over the quality of their checks. And a few months prior to that, another background check lawsuit…

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Study: Americans overwhelming support employment background checks

2016 Sterling Talent Solutions Survey, the largest survey ever conducted among the American population on the subject of employment background checks, provided valuable insights into what employees really think about employment background checks. Employers, take note. The survey data makes it abundantly clear that the American public believes it is the responsibility of employers to take…

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