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Important Changes to Hiring Practices in New York City

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 19, 2015  |  Share       

New York City has made some sweeping changes this year with regards to hiring practices. 

While these changes may or may not affect hiring practices in other cities or states, take note that hiring practices in a city with a population as large as NYC may set precedents for other large metropolitan areas. 

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, credit history, ban the box

Medical Debt Reporting Changes on Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 13, 2015  |  Share       

Earlier this week, the three major credit bureaus announced that they would be overhauling their credit reporting of medical debt. As a hiring manager or property owner, you may be wondering how this will affect your employee or tenant screening. Let's take a closer look.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Tenant Credit Checks, How to read a credit report, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening, credit history

Common HR Violations of the FCRA

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Sep 03, 2014  |  Share       

Despite consumer protections in the form of federal law - the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) - there are common credit violations that still occur, including inaccurate and outdated reporting. However in the background screening and human resources industry, many of the latest FCRA violations have come from non-credit related information.

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Topics: Human Resources, FCRA Compliance, credit history

When should an employer run a credit history on job applicant?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, May 13, 2014  |  Share       

There are a lot of concerns when hiring an employee. Not only do you want to pay attention to their experience and skill set, you also want to check their background to make sure they are a good fit for your company. Many companies have taken to checking the credit history of a potential client. This helps them give an overall sense of how responsible the individual is. However, checking a potential employee’s credit history can be a slippery slope. After all, a poor credit history does not necessarily mean that they are financially irresponsible.

State laws concerning credit history checks
Many states look down upon the use of an applicant’s credit history as a basis for their potential employment, especially after the economic downturn that ended up affecting many people’s credit scores without real fault of their own. In fact, many states, such as California, Connecticut, Illinois and Washington, to name a few, have actually passed laws prohibiting employers from using credit reports to aid them in the hiring process. Many other states are also considering similar laws.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, Employment Background Screening, credit history

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