Fair Credit Reporting Act compliance: New court opinion clarifies stand-alone disclosure

Excerpted from an Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo blog by Iris Kristoff, Jennifer Grock and Jonathan Judge The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) permits background checks for employment purposes, so long as employers obtain authorization from and provide the appropriate “stand-alone” disclosure to the applicant or employee regarding the background check. Willful violations […]

Background check policy at Department of Recreation gets closer look

Excerpted from a WTOP News Post by Kate Ryan While Montgomery County’s Department of Recreation near Baltimore carries out required criminal background checks on its employees, the department lacks formal policies regarding those records, according to a report from the county’s inspector general (OIG). Inspector General Megan Davey Limarzi said the department carries out the […]

Continuous employment background checks – ethical questions for HR?

The use of post-employment background checks for continuous monitoring is trending upward. With police records becoming digital, employers can oftentimes learn of an employee’s arrest soon after booking. But does the use of such technology raise ethical questions for employers, perhaps too reminiscent of George Orwell’s “Big Brother?” Today, it’s estimated 93% of companies across […]

How Technology is Changing Background Screenings

Excerpted from TechTimes By Ernest Hamilton Once upon a time, background screenings were an arduous paper-based process. These days, however, technology has transformed the ways in which screenings are done. Most significant is the ways in which technology has improved the speed and accessibility of screenings. Background investigations used to take days, weeks, or even […]