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New Jersey Court Approves $870,000 Employment Background Check Settlement


There have been a flurry of class action lawsuits brought against employers for failure to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). And by no means are these cases for the feint of heart. Typically, we’ve seen settlements range from several hundred thousand dollars to tens of millions.
Well, apparently not everyone has gotten the memo, so if you are concerned about maintaining compliant background check practices, you’ll want to read on.
Last week, a New Jersey federal court approved an $870,000 class settlement against a trucking company who didn’t think they needed to obtain consent from their job candidates to conduct an employment background check. Not only didn’t they have consent, but clearly accuracy wasn’t important either; the lead plaintiff wasn’t hired because his criminal background check incorrectly indicated that he was a convicted felon.  Now that’s a daily double and a sure-fire way to g…

A Resume Lie Will Come Back to Haunt You.....

Just Ask NCAA Basketball Coach Steve Masiello Published on 28 March 2014 by ,

A little resume lie never hurt anyone…right? Tell that to Steve Masiello, most recently a coach at Manhattan College, now on leave due to a potential discrepancy on his resume. It’s been 14 years since he supposedly graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of Kentucky, where he played for the Wildcats from 1996-2000.
While being screened for a coaching position at the University of South Florida, they conducted a resume verification on Masiello and inevitably discovered that he did not earn the degree listed on his resume. This discrepancy could be a blatant lie or perhaps a misunderstanding, but either way keep reading to find out how this discrepancy remained hidden for so long.

Importance of a Background Check at Any Level Perhaps it’s the fact that 14 years ago resume verifications weren’t as prevalent as today, but still—how was it missed that Masiello never complete…

Employees Behaving Badly?

Knowing what your workforce is up to makes re-screening worth every penny.
By Audrey Roth


According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 69 percent of organizations conduct background checks. But do employers know what these background checks could find if they conducted them post-hiring? Yes, it’s true—screening your current workforce is much more complex than the initial check of potential candidates. But the benefits make it a worthy consideration.

“Bad behavior doesn’t stop just because you hired them,” says Ken Monroe, director of sales and operations of the screening, drug testing, and verification organization the Background Investigation Bureau.

A lot can occur over the course of employment. “You screen today, and that information is as good as the time that we ran it. But tomorrow that information becomes a day old. And in six months it becomes six months old. And so there becomes a need to re-screen,”

The drivers to rescreen run the gamut: Maybe it has been six mont…