EBI's Screening News Network Blog

The level of legislative activity, regulatory guidance, and litigation surrounding background checks for employment screening has never been higher. And, as onerous litigation and multi-million dollar settlements become increasingly common, the stakes have never been higher for employers as they seek to balance external requirements with their legitimate business needs. Three recent actions follow, along with ripple effects.

One of the most important parts of the NAPBS Mid-Year Conference is the final day when dozens of members go to Capitol Hill to talk to lawmakers. This year, more than 50 of us made the trip armed with several items to discuss. While our topics might seem specific to background screening providers, they actually affect a whole spectrum of industries that use screening to protect their employees and the people they serve. This time on the Hill gives us the chance to lobby for you - our customers.  The ideas we share with the decision makers will go a long way to make sure you are able to get the most out of your background screening efforts.

Last fall four plaintiffs pushed LinkedIn into the spotlight, claiming the online networking site was operating as a consumer reporting agency (a background screening company) and was in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Our Closer Look articles offer an in-depth analysis of background screening topics currently affecting employers. FCRA continues to a topic of keen interest.

In the past few days, three notable events have come to light in the world of employers, their background screening programs, and the FCRA.  (The FCRA is the federal law that governs background screening for employment purposes.)

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Who knew? While I personally think many of these “awareness” months, weeks and days get lost in the shuffle, this one addresses a personal pet peeve of mine, so let’s talk about it. Do you have a policy to keep your employees off their phones while they are behind the wheel? Should you? The Department of Labor says yes.