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Huge Corporations Being Sued For Millions Over A Small FCRA Technicality

Employers are getting tripped up by a little-known law related to background checks, and it’s costing some of them serious time and money. While the general public likely knows little about the FCRA, employers like Whole Foods, Dollar General, and Publix Super Markets are becoming intimately familiar with the law because they are getting sued over it. Recently, Michaels Stores was slapped with a class action lawsuit in Missouri federal court that accused the craft store chain of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Michaels is accused of breaking the law because it failed to properly disclose that a candidate’s consumer report might be obtained during the hiring process. While the general public likely knows little about the FCRA, employers like Whole Foods, Dollar General, and Publix Super Markets are becoming intimately familiar with the law because—like Michaels—they are getting sued over it. So, what are employers being sued for? Technicalities, mostly. Before running a bac ...

Seriously, Who Needs Background Checks Anyway?

The answer to this question is EVERY BUSINESS!  Businesses routinely spend thousands, sometimes millions of dollars developing, marketing and growing their brand. However, all those resources could be wasted on one bad hire. There are countless examples of one bad apple tarnishing and in some cases obliterating an entire corporate reputation. In some cases this reputation takes several years and money to build. Why risk your reputation? Why spend all the time and money building your corporate image only to hire someone who can tear it all down? Does ordering a background check automatically preclude you from having an employee ruin your corporate image? No, unfortunately it does not. However, ordering the proper background check will significantly lessen the chances. Let’s take a minute to look at some of the more popular searches provided by Background Check companies and start to shed some light on why all background checks are not created equal  Nationwide/Multijurisdictional Search Over ...