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Los Angeles enacted the Fair Chance Initiative Ordinance this year, restricting employers with ten or more employees from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal history unless and until a conditional offer of employment has already been made.
The background screening industry is highly regulated and has become the subject of scrutiny among government agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB.) It should come as no surprise that screeners are held to a high standard with regards to compliance rules and procedures to ensure maximum possible accuracy. Recent rulings have resulted in penalties in the millions for companies that regulators believed to have missed the mark.
In an ongoing effort to enhance accuracy and compliance, we are adding a new option for the way names are entered into InstaScreen. Screening agencies can continue to separately control how a name is searched for each search type.
According to Section 604(b) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, employers must certify that they have authorization to run a background check. Also, employers must ensure the applicant is provided with an opportunity to receive a “copy of the report” and a “description in writing of the rights of the consumer” before taking any adverse action. Recent litigation has proved to be costly for screening agencies and employers who are not current in their compliance practices. The blanket certification clause outlined in your contract may not be enough.
Compliance with FCRA Section 613(a) has become a popular topic following the session addressing the most recent and cutting edge litigation at the 2014 annual NAPBS conference. Between hungry plaintiff’s attorneys inventing theories to file suit and poorly managed background screening agencies, the industry is becoming more and more litigious. There is no way around it. Compliance demands your attention.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued their guidance on their audits of the credit bureaus earlier this spring. The credit bureaus, in turn, are auditing and requesting compliance information from their resellers-CRAs. (This documentation effluent seems to run downhill, doesn’t it?)
SALT LAKE CITY — (November 1, 2011) — TazWorks LLC, a web-based background screening software company, in an ongoing effort to continually improve security, has enhanced the Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) available in InstaScreen Premiere 2.0™. Background Screening Agencies will be able to utilize this feature to assure the security of their sensitive business data.