Blog

The accuracy of your personal Credit Report is important as it can affect your financial profile and ability to get a loan. There are three large Credit Bureaus Trans Union, Experian, and Equifax. Since much of the data they obtain is automated, there are often mistakes....

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken over rulemaking and enforcement responsibilities for the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and has updated an important form related to background checks. Employers are required to start using this form by January 1, 2013. The FCRA is the...

For many years, employers have accessed public and personal information on potential employees by conducting background checks. Today, with the popularity of social media, many employers have begun to review an applicant’s online profile on sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The question is, is this legal? While...

Criminal Records California Employers have restrictions as to how they may use potential employee criminal record information. Employers may not ask or consider non-conviction matters except pending matters or post–trial diversion programs. This includes a Deferred sentence or Adjudication withheld. California Labor Code §432.7(a) regarding pending matters California...

If an employer denies a job applicant, terminates an employee, rescinds a job offer or denies a promotion based on the results of a background check, it is considered and adverse action. Under federal law there are required steps that must be followed in order to...

Background checks have become an essential component of the hiring process. A screening program may improve the quality of new hires and help companies reduce their chances of being sued for negligence. Challenges can occur when ordering background checks as data entry can be time consuming...

While Background Checks have become a prominent means of security screening used in government and large businesses, its use is becoming imperative in the small business and consumer realms. Consumers may be at risk when employing un-checked in-home service workers as well as health care, child-care workers...

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has determined that the use of criminal background checks and credit checks in the employment process-- and denying candidates with poor scores and backgrounds -- could be (and usually is) discriminatory. The EEOC has been aggressively attempting to enforce its...

An assailant opened fire this morning at Delaware's New Castle courthouse, killing two civilians and wounding two police officers. The assailant was also killed. US Information Search researchers were not present in the courthouse during the shooting.   The Court Locked Down for Investigation and results...