2013 Background Check Blog Posts

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The HR Holiday Wish List – for Employment Screening Bliss

Posted on 12/20/2013 by Michelle Yoder HR Departments have spent 2013 dealing with a variety of issues and now have a 2014 HR Holiday Wish List for Employment Screening Bliss! Read More

Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Buffalo resolve to ‘Ban the Box’ in 2014

Posted on 12/19/2013 by Michelle Yoder On January 1, 2014 Minnesota, Rhode Island, and the City of Buffalo will join the growing trend of states and local governments who have passed “Ban the Box” laws. Read More

Understanding the FCRA: Section § 614. Restrictions on Investigative Consumer Reports and Section § 615. Requirements on Users of Consumer Reports (10 of 10 part series)

Posted on 12/4/2013 by Michelle Yoder Sections 614 and 615 deal with the restrictions on reporting of adverse information and how to communicate adverse action to applicants. Read More

Understanding the FCRA: Section § 613. Public Record Information for Employment Purposes (9 of 10 part series)

Posted on 11/26/2013 by Michelle Yoder Section 613 of the FCRA protects employees from adverse information which would affect their employment. Read More

The Justifacts Credential Verification Justiweb System Achieves Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle Taleo Business Edition Cloud Service

Posted on 11/19/2013 by Chas Sobolak The Justifacts-Taleo integration can offer employers superior background checks in a format they rely on with the Taleo Business Edition Cloud Service. Read More

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho It’s off to Court They Go: FCRA Class Action Lawsuits are on the Rise

Posted on 11/18/2013 by Michelle Yoder On November 1st Walt Disney Co. joined a growing list of employers headed to court over allegations of FCRA violations. Read More

Showdown in Texas: Texas challenges EEOC guidelines on hiring felons

Posted on 11/13/2013 by Andy Yoder Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott has filed suit against the EEOC over the right of Texas employers to maintain policies against hiring of felons. Read More

Understanding the FCRA: Section § 612. Charges for Certain Disclosures (8 of 10 part series)

Posted on 11/11/2013 by Michelle Yoder Section 612 of the FCRA discusses if/when it is appropriate to charge a consumer for his/her file. Read More

Understanding the FCRA: Section § 611. Procedure in Case of Disputed Accuracy (7 of 10 part series)

Posted on 10/29/2013 by Michelle Yoder Section 611 of the FCRA deals with the approved methods for the reinvestigation of disputed applicant information. Read More

Seattle restricts employers from asking about and using criminal record information

Posted on 10/23/2013 by Andy Yoder Effective November 1, 2013, the City of Seattle, WA will impose an ordinance that restricts employers in the city from asking about and using criminal record information. Read More

Understanding the FCRA: Section § 610. Condition and Form of Disclosure (6 of 10 part series)

Posted on 10/21/2013 by Michelle Yoder Section 610 of the FCRA deals with the approved methods used to provide disclosure to applicants (consumers). Read More

The U.S. Government is open! How does this affect E-Verify and CBSV Searches?

Posted on 10/17/2013 by Andy Yoder Now that the shutdown is over human resource professionals need to know how the new start up process will work when ordering employment searches that are performed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Social Security Administration (SSA). Read More

Understanding the FCRA: Section § 609. Disclosures to Consumers (5 of 10 part series)

Posted on 10/15/2013 by Michelle Yoder Section 609 of the FCRA details what information must be disclosed to an applicant if he/she requests it. Read More

Understanding the FCRA: Section§ 607. Compliance Procedures (4 of 10 part series)

Posted on 10/8/2013 by Michelle Yoder Section 607 of the FCRA states that CRAs need to take reasonable measures to make sure that they do not violate Section 605. Read More

How the Government Shutdown Affects Background Checks, E-Verify Put on Hold

Posted on 10/2/2013 by Andy Yoder On October 1, 2013 the U.S. Government has officially shut down. Both E-Verify and CBSV searches cannot be processed during this shutdown period. Read More

Understanding the FCRA: Section. § 606. Disclosure of investigative consumer reports (3 of 10 part series)

Posted on 10/1/2013 by Michelle Yoder Section 606 of the FCRA discusses the disclosure of investigative consumer reports, candidate rights, and prohibitions. Read More

Understanding the FCRA: Section § 605. Requirements relating to information contained in consumer reports (2 of 10 part series)

Posted on 9/24/2013 by Michelle Yoder Section 605 of the FCRA discusses how employers should be aware that, in certain instances, adverse information about a candidate is not reportable. Read More

Understanding the FCRA: Section § 604. Permissible purposes of consumer reports (1 of 10 part series)

Posted on 9/17/2013 by Michelle Yoder Section 604 of the FCRA discusses both the purposes of requesting and conditions of using/furnishing consumer reports for employment purposes. Read More

Understanding the FCRA and Background Screening Laws & Regulations (Intro of 10 part series)

Posted on 9/10/2013 by Michelle Yoder In this age of increased security risks, workplace violence incidents and negligent hiring lawsuits, employers are using background checks as a tool to identify the most qualified individual available, thereby increasing security and decreasing liability and improving the quality of their workforce. Read More

eCup Rapid Drug Testing

Posted on 8/13/2013 by Michelle Yoder The eCup is a 5-panel drug testing urine collection “smart cup” which is designed for rapid, under-seal screening for pre-employment drug testing. Read More

Nine Attorney Generals Respond to Recent Actions Taken by the EEOC

Posted on 7/31/2013 by Andy Yoder Recently there has been a development in this story. Attorney Generals from the states of Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia have joined together to urge the EEOC to rescind the Enforcement Guidance and dismiss the complaints against BMW Manufacturing and Dollar General regarding their use of criminal records for employment screening purposes. Read More

Employment Screening: Due Diligence vs. Data Dumps [Infographic]

Posted on 7/26/2013 by Michelle Yoder A common misconception amongst human resource professionals is that their background screening provider is reporting the most up-to-date and precise information when it comes to candidate background checks. Read More

Is your background screening provider a Member of Concerned CRA’s? Why that matters.

Posted on 7/17/2013 by Chas Sobolak Using a background screening vendor that outsources a portion of the employment screening services overseas can put both sensitive applicant and employer information at risk. Read More

All Background Checks Are Not Created Equal: Due Diligence vs. Data Dumps

Posted on 7/2/2013 by Michelle Yoder As our nation’s birthday approaches our forefather’s words that all men are created equal have been ringing in my head. If only the same could be said of all background checks. As Americans, we like things fast. We like to get our information instantly, and if we can get it cheap, all the better. Read More

Georgia Bill requires all employees with 10 or more employees to use E-Verify by July 1, 2013

Posted on 7/1/2013 by Andy Yoder The State of Georgia recently passed the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011”. This law requires most Georgia employers to utilize the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s E-verify program to ensure that an employee is authorized to work in the United States. Read More

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration PSP Background Check

Posted on 6/21/2013 by Michelle Yoder A PSP background check is designed to assist employers in the motor carrier industry to prescreen an individual operators driving history. Read More

Indiana Limits Employers from Accessing Particular Information from Criminal History Providers

Posted on 6/19/2013 by Andy Yoder It is about to become a little harder for employers to get criminal history information on individuals from the state of Indiana. Read More

The EEOC files disparate claims against both BMW and Dollar General; First enforcement under revised criminal history guidance

Posted on 6/14/2013 by Andy Yoder The EEOC files disparate claims again both BMW and Dollar General; First enforcement under revised criminal history guidance. Read More

Nevada is the Latest State to Limit the Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes

Posted on 5/30/2013 by Andy Yoder The State of Nevada has passed Senate Bill 127, which limits the use of credit reports by employers. Read More

Moving forward: what we can learn from the Jerry Sandusky case

Posted on 5/30/2013 by Michelle Yoder It has been three years since we first learned of the tragedies that took place at Penn State involving Jerry Sandusky. As a mother of three boys, the horrors of that case stay fresh in my mind, as I’m sure they do many of yours. Read More

Justifacts Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on 5/9/2013 by Michelle Yoder The staff at Justifacts has been so impressed with the great questions that our clients and visitors to our site come up with, that we decided it was time for a Frequently Asked Questions post. Read More

Colorado is the Latest State to Limit the Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes

Posted on 5/6/2013 by Andy Yoder The State of Colorado has passed Senate Bill 13-018, which limits the use of credit reports by employers. The bill was signed into law by the governor on 04/19/2013. Read More


Are You Ready for E-Verify? What Every Employer Needs to Know!

Posted on 4/29/2013 by Michelle Yoder On April 17th the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” (Sens. Charles Schumer, John McCain, Richard Durbin, Lindsey Graham, Robert Menendez, Marco Rubio, Michael Bennet, and Jeff Flake) introduced their bill, S.744 the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”. Read More

Why More and More Employers are Conducting Pre-Hire Background Checks

Posted on 4/1/2013 by Tim Hudec Regardless of the size of your business, pre-employment screening is a necessary practice to avoid lawsuits and costly hiring mistakes. Because of security and litigation concerns, corporate scandals, and workplace violence, pre-employment screening has become a crucial element in the hiring process. Read More

Understanding E-Verify Laws and Their Affect On Pennsylvania Businesses

Posted on 3/21/2013 by Chas Sobolak Unlike states such as Ohio and West Virginia that have no statewide E-Verify requirements, the state government in Pennsylvania has passed E-Verify legislation. Read More

New Form I-9 Released from the USCIS

Posted on 3/8/2013 by Andy Yoder The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States. Read More

Customer Service in the Age of the Online Interface

Posted on 3/6/2013 by Erika Geminetti Imagine Peter Shankman’s delight upon arriving after a long flight, only to be greeted at the airport with a steak from Morton’s Steakhouse. Read More

Adverse Action Process: What employers should know before rejecting a job applicant, denying a promotion or terminating an employee

Posted on 3/1/2013 by Dan Cubarney Before rejecting a job applicant, denying a promotion or terminating an employee based in whole or in part on information obtained in a consumer report, companies are obligated under the FCRA to follow a two-step process. Read More

What Post-Hire Background Searches Should Your Company Conduct?

Posted on 2/26/2013 by Aaron Cotter The pre-employment process is now complete. You are excited to welcome your new employee into your company with open arms; because you have shown your due diligence by conducting a background search, you are confident that he/she has the required qualifications and that they will not present a threat to your company. Read More

Common Signs That Your Candidate’s Diploma is Fake

Posted on 2/22/2013 by Merry Schwartzmiller Many on-line institutions offer life experience degrees; no education is necessary. Just upload your resume, and you will receive a degree based on your industry experience! Read More

When to Use Credit History As Part of the Background Screening Process

Posted on 2/21/2013 by Andy Yoder Credit checks, when included as part of a complete background report, provide insight into an applicant’s integrity and responsibility toward his or her financial obligations. Read More

Have Your 2013 Background Check Forms Been Updated to Meet New FCRA Requirements and Guidelines?

Posted on 2/18/2013 by Chas Sobolak In October, Justifacts posted an article regarding the mandated background screening form changes required by The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Read More

5 Ways to Reduce Workplace Discrimination

Posted on 2/11/2013 by Brian Osborne A report from the EEOC stated that nearly 100,000 job bias charges were filed in 2013. Read the 5 Ways to Reduce Workplace Discrimination. Read More

Landlords: Don’t let your property become a house of horror

Posted on 2/8/2013 by Chas Sobolak Property owners and landlords alike take a risk when renting their properties to people they know little about. Read More

Justifacts has a new website!

Posted on 2/4/2013 by Chas Sobolak With the launch of the new Justifacts website, visitors can now find updated information about our Background Check Services, Employment Verifications along with the various other pre-employment screening services that Justifacts provides. Read More

FTC Settles with Mobile App Companies

Posted on 1/16/2013 by Andy Yoder The FTC has settled charges against several companies regarding their mobile applications for obtaining criminal records. Read More

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