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At OPENonline, we notify you of the most recent background screening and investigative news with our timely news alerts, press releases, blog articles and legislative & compliance updates. If you are interested in submitting an article to appear on our website, please contact our marketing department.

Background Check Disclosures Still Being Litigated. So Far - This is a Very Hot Employer Topic of 2019!

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OPENonline has posted multiple times about the current litigation frenzy surrounding employer background screening disclosures. But the language included in disclosures is already shaping up to be one of the hottest employer litigation topic of 2019.

Case in point is the recent Ninth Circuit ruling in Gilberg v. California Check Cashing Stores, LLC, No. 17-16263, 2019 WL 347027 (9th Cir. 2019). Since the decision on January 29, 2019, we haven’t been able to count the slurry of articles, emails, and posts covering the ruling.

Retail giant Walmart faces a class action lawsuit alleging Fair Credit Reporting Act violations by conducting unauthorized background checks. The class could cover as many as 5 million applicants!

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In recent months, we have seen a large uptick in FCRA class action lawsuits. If you are subscribed to our mailing list then you may recall the Stanford class action filed in October 2018, the PetCo class settlement in November 2018, and the Delta Airlines proposed settlement earlier this month. We can now add another to the list and this one is, by far, the largest FCRA class action we’ve seen in recent memory.

Exciting Things Happening at OPENonline! Sneak Peek at our SelectHire Technology Upgrades!

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We would like to announce that we are in the final stages of multiple enhancements to our core platform, SelectHire. Once complete, our customers will have immediate access to the improved user interface and new features, allowing employers to continue to streamline the hiring process.

No Exceptions! Effect of Exclusion from Participation in Federal Health Care Program

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In the past few years, we have seen an influx of complex regulations and increased litigation in the healthcare industry, making it increasingly difficult for companies to adhere to compliance best practices. Inadequate due diligence and negligent hiring practices in the healthcare sector harms not only an organization, but its patients as well. More often than not, poor hiring decisions are a contributing factor in the rise of lawsuits, medical malpractice claims and subsequent multimillion dollar settlements.

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What matters to you in 2019?
Compliance, Regulation, Technology, Challenges? Tell us Today!

This time of the year inspires us to reflect about how we can improve in 2019. The feedback we get from people like you is extremely important to us and vital to our success. We’d love to hear from you about the ways in which the Background Screening industry helps you tackle your day to day goals. 

Year End Review of Employment Background Check Policies

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What information matters? What processes are important? Although background checks are becoming standard protocol before an applicant is hired, it’s important to ensure absolute diligence in a few key areas.  With the new year around the corner it’s a great time to review the policies and procedures you have in place now and modify them if necessary.

OPENonline Christmas Holiday Hours

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In celebration of this year's Christmas holiday, OPENonline will be closing at noon on Monday, December 24th and will be closed all day Tuesday, December 25th. Please also keep in mind that government agencies will be closed in observance of the Christmas holiday, possibly causing minor delays for some search results.

 

Are Your Employees on Santa's Nice List?

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A lot can happen over the course of the year, which is why we encourage our customers to routinely run background checks on employees; once at the time of hire is simply not enough. A periodic re-check can identify situations that may have occurred since the date of hire (like a criminal offense or DUI). In order to maintain a safe work environment and prevent liability issues, it is imperative for employers to establish an annual background screening process for their company.

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