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From the 1980s onward, background checks had been a new trend conducted by employers. The goal had been to improve the quality of their new hires and minimize negligent hiring risks. Job seekers were required to self-identify their criminal history on the applications. Their past as an inmate...

According to the Central District Court of California, Walmart and Disneyland are both  involved in  their own Class Action Lawsuits after running Background Checks that are not Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliant.  According to such suits, both companies exhibit “a policy and practice of procuring investigative consumer...

As Uber, Lyft and other "Ride Hailing" companies work in our cities, driver-safety and one’s potential criminal record has come into the spotlight. In recent months, stronger legislation has been put in place—most recently, Governor Jerry Brown of California has pushed for background checks to go...

The FAIR CHANCE ACT makes it illegal for most employers in New York City to ask about the criminal record of job applicants before making a job offer.  This means ads, applications, and interview questions cannot include inquiries into an applicant's criminal record.  This allows...

The District of Columbia is considering legislation that would bar employers from conducting pre-employment marijuana testing, except as required by law. The bill—Prohibition of Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing Act of 2015—is scheduled to be discussed at a public hearing on Monday, February 9, 2015. The District of Columbia...

A class-action lawsuit filed in Virginia federal court against discount retail chain Dollar General for alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) will be settled for $4 million. What Employers Must Learn From This Settlement: As an employer, Dollar General had various violations of...