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FCRA Compliance

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FCRA Compliance Blog Post

FCRA Compliance

If you are using information we provide for “employment purposes” (which includes individual contractors and agents that are not traditional employees...

FCRA Compliance Requirements for Employers Running Background Checks Blog Post

FCRA Compliance Requirements for Employers Running Background Checks

If you plan to evaluate a candidate’s past as part of your pre-employment screening process, you need to be aware of the requirements of the FCRA.

District Court Allows Class Action Suit Based On Technical Failures to Comply with FCRA Blog Post

District Court Allows Class Action Suit Based On Technical Failures to Comply with FCRA

A federal district court recently certified a class action against an employer based on arguable, but technical, failures to comply with the Fair Cred...

Plaintiff need not proof that defendant is a CRA under the FCRA to survive a motion to dismiss Blog Post

Plaintiff need not proof that defendant is a CRA under the FCRA to survive a motion to dismiss

Robins v. Spokeo, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54102 (C.D. Cal. May 11, 2011) Facts:  On January 27, 2011, the Court dismissed Plaintiff's Complaint fo...

Pizza Chain and Major Bank Sued in Class Actions for Technical FCRA Violations Blog Post

Pizza Chain and Major Bank Sued in Class Actions for Technical FCRA Violations

Plaintiff's law firms are suing large employers for technical violations of the disclosure requirements of the FCRA. At the beginning of the summer, w...

Employer's withdrawal of job offer to applicant causes class action suit to be filed - Electronic FCRA disclosures to prospective employees at issue Blog Post

Employer's withdrawal of job offer to applicant causes class action suit to be filed - Electronic FCRA disclosures to prospective employees at issue

Recently, a new class action lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia challenging electronic disclosures made by Kmart to a prospective j...

Disney Lawsuit Highlights FCRA Rules for Hiring Decisions Motivated by Criminal Background Checks Blog Post

Disney Lawsuit Highlights FCRA Rules for Hiring Decisions Motivated by Criminal Background Checks

Background checks can be a great way for employers to disqualify criminals and potentially dangerous individuals from their applicant pools. They can ...

Employers Continue to be Sued in Class Action Lawsuits Alleging FCRA Violations Blog Post

Employers Continue to be Sued in Class Action Lawsuits Alleging FCRA Violations

There appears to be a new favorite claim among plaintiffs’ attorneys these days. Three class action lawsuits were filed against employers in the past ...

Another Employer Settles Multi-Million-Dollar Class-Action Lawsuit for Improper FCRA Disclosure Blog Post

Another Employer Settles Multi-Million-Dollar Class-Action Lawsuit for Improper FCRA Disclosure

In October, a major supermarket chain agreed to pay $6.8 million to settle a putative class-action lawsuit alleging that it failed to properly disclos...

Publix Will Pay for FCRA Violations, to the Tune of $6.8 Million Blog Post

Publix Will Pay for FCRA Violations, to the Tune of $6.8 Million

Publix Super Markets Inc. is paying big time for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) with its background check policy. It was recently anno...

CFPB Issues Guidance on FCRA in Light of COVID-19 Blog Post

CFPB Issues Guidance on FCRA in Light of COVID-19

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued guidance to help consumer reporting agencies (including background check companies) st...

The Gilberg Decision: What a Recent Court Case Reminds Us about the FCRA Blog Post

The Gilberg Decision: What a Recent Court Case Reminds Us about the FCRA

Background check lawsuits have increased in number over the past ten years. According to CBS News, background check companies and employers have paid ...

Predictim’s New Babysitter Background Check Faces Racial Bias and FCRA Controvers Blog Post

Predictim’s New Babysitter Background Check Faces Racial Bias and FCRA Controvers

Will parents soon have a new way to screen their babysitters? A startup company called Predictim has created a technology that uses artificial intelli...

FTC Imposes Largest Fine for a Background Check Provider After FCRA Violations Blog Post

FTC Imposes Largest Fine for a Background Check Provider After FCRA Violations

Background checks are a useful tool not only for employers but for many other professionals as well, such as landlords who want to screen potential te...

Starbucks Facing a Potential Class-Action Suit for Alleged FCRA Violations Blog Post

Starbucks Facing a Potential Class-Action Suit for Alleged FCRA Violations

Starbucks is facing a potential class-action lawsuit over alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Per a report from Law360.com, the coffe...

FCRA Lawsuit Against Amazon Will Move Forward after Florida Ruling Blog Post

FCRA Lawsuit Against Amazon Will Move Forward after Florida Ruling

A lawsuit filed against Amazon.com for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act will move forward after a Florida judge ruled that the suit has validit...

Offering Blog Post

Offering "Fair Chance" Opportunities in the Wake of COVID-19

Will the huge spike in unemployment and the massive demand for new jobs force employers to loosen their standards? Or is there a smarter way to hire d...

Court Dismisses Majority Of Consumer’s FCRA Claims But Certain Alleged Damages Related to Reasonable Procedures Claim Against One CRA Survive Summary Judgment Blog Post

Court Dismisses Majority Of Consumer’s FCRA Claims But Certain Alleged Damages Related to Reasonable Procedures Claim Against One CRA Survive Summary Judgment

Facts: Plaintiff asserted claims against Trans Union LLC (“Trans Union”) under § 1681e(b) and § 1681i and against Experian Information Solutions, Inc....

U.S. District Court Dismisses FCRA Lawsuit Against Home Depot Blog Post

U.S. District Court Dismisses FCRA Lawsuit Against Home Depot

California’s Central District U.S. District Court made headlines last month by dismissing an FCRA lawsuit against Home Depot. Per a report from The Na...

Active FCRA Judge Reaffirms Trend Against Employers in Class Action for Insufficient FCRA Disclosure Blog Post

Active FCRA Judge Reaffirms Trend Against Employers in Class Action for Insufficient FCRA Disclosure

As we have previously reported, plaintiffs’ lawyers are pursuing employers in class actions seeking compensation for the employers’ alleged failure to...

Landlords in a Changing “Fair Chance” Landscape Must Have the Right Screening Tools Blog Post

Landlords in a Changing “Fair Chance” Landscape Must Have the Right Screening Tools

In the United States, at least 100 million people rent the homes and apartments that they live in, contributing hundreds of billions of dollars to a c...

Ninth Circuit Rules that Disclosures Containing Waivers Violate the FCRA Blog Post

Ninth Circuit Rules that Disclosures Containing Waivers Violate the FCRA

For the past 5 years, backgroundchecks.com has reported rulings of district courts around the country that have ruled that an employer’s inclusion of ...

Commentary on E-Sign and the FCRA Blog Post

Commentary on E-Sign and the FCRA

Kmart was recently sued in a class action based on the idea that, under the FCRA and the separate federal E-SIGN Act, an electronic signature is not a...

CFPB Updates Summary of Rights Under FCRA Blog Post

CFPB Updates Summary of Rights Under FCRA

  Effective January 1, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has made updates to the Summary of Rights that the Federal Trade Commissi...

Employers Settle FCRA Documentation Class Actions for $5.9 Million Blog Post

Employers Settle FCRA Documentation Class Actions for $5.9 Million

First Transit and First Student are apparently related companies that provide transportation services to school. They recently settled class action cl...

Are Criminal Background Checks Subject to the FCRA? Blog Post

Are Criminal Background Checks Subject to the FCRA?

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a federal law, active since 1970, that regulates the collection and use of information obtained through consum...

Email Based Pre-adverse and Adverse Notification Features Video Video

Email Based Pre-adverse and Adverse Notification Features Video

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FCRA Compliance Forms Guide

FCRA Compliance Forms

backgroundchecks.com provides forms online and assists you with compliance