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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Background Screening Disclosure Forms Remain Under Fire!

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This week two lawsuits, involving the language used on a background screening disclosure, were in the news.

One of the recent lawsuits was filed in the Northern District of California where the plaintiff asserted that her prospective employer, Alameda Health, used a disclosure form that contained too much and not enough information.

The other suit in the news this week involved a decision by the Ninth Circuit of Appeals regarding Gloria Mitchell v. Winco Foods, LLC, No. 17-35998, (9th Cir. 2018).  The plaintiff in this case alleged that the forms were not FCRA-compliant.

What is SelectHire®?

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SelectHire® is OPENonline’s total employment screening solution that offers a convenient and FCRA compliant way to order background checks to ensure adherence to best practices and hiring laws. SelectHire allows you to customize your background screening process with selected background checks that our FCRA certificated Background Specialists perform for you. This helps make sure that the background checks are done consistently, accurately, economically, and returned to you in a timely manner. The majority of background screening reports are completed in one day or less!

Do you want to know one of the most common questions we hear in our industry? “Why should I pay to screen my prospective employees?”

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We advocate screening all prospective employees for a myriad of reasons such as: proving due diligence and mitigating risks of a bad hire; ensuring the candidate doesn’t have a history of bad behavior that would create an unsafe environment for your customers and other employees; and verifying the candidates previous work history and education.

Credit Checks: What Employers Need to Know

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Some organizations utilize credit reports as part of the background screening process, although there has been debate as to the legality and necessity of checking an applicant's credit prior to a hiring decision.

Generally, a candidate's financial status will not come under scrutiny unless the position necessitates either handling money or having authority over the spending of large amounts of money.

Ban the Box Keeps Gaining Steam…

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We’ve posted several times about the constantly developing ban the box laws being implemented across the country. Over half of the states have passed some sort of ban the box law, and multiple county, city, and municipalities have enacted their own legislation, making it difficult for employers to ensure compliance with overlapping laws.

The City and County of San Francisco Amends the Fair Chance Ordinance Effective October 1, 2018

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The City and County of San Francisco, Office of Labor Standards Enforcement outlined key updates to the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) on their website. The updates require employers to follow strict rules regarding applicant and employee arrest and conviction records, and covers employers, city contractors, subcontractors, and leaseholders.

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