FCRA

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It’s a Bad Idea: Why you shouldn’t rely on free background checks

Many websites now offer free background checks. At no cost at all, they promise to check public records, criminal records, court records, and so on. Two popular websites which offer free checks are freebackgroundchecks.org and background checks.org. On these two websites, anyone can conduct a background check on another person in a matter of minutes […]

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FCRA Lawsuits On The Decline (Don’t Get Complacent Just Yet)

In a turnaround which will possibly excite employers, the rate of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) lawsuits is declining. This is according to the latest statistics released by ACA International – the official website of the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals. ACA International regularly monitors the trends of FCRA litigation across the United States. […]

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Serial Plaintiff Uses FCRA To Threaten Employers, Earns $230,000 in Settlements

This is something straight out of an employer’s worst nightmare. Imagine someone applies for a job which has been advertised. However, this person is actually not interested in the job. All they want is for the employer to commit the tiniest legal violation when running background checks. As soon as this happens, they threaten a […]

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Updated FCRA Guidance Released By The FTC

On May 10, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a new guidance on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The guidance is contained in a publication entitled “What Employment Background Screening Companies Need to Know About the Fair Credit Reporting Act”. The publication is aimed at outlining the obligations which background screening companies have […]

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Dollar Tree Class Action Highlights Disturbing Trend Of Background Check Lawsuits

Last month, Dollar Tree Stores Inc. was hit with a class action lawsuit for violating Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulations. According to the lawsuit (which was filed in the District Court for the Middle District of Florida), Dollar Tree conducted background checks in violation of a number of FCRA regulations. The first violation alleged […]