Legislative Alert - Friday, October 7th, 2016: Trump & Clinton Fail Social Media Background Checks

Jennifer Gladstone

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  • Both Candidates Fail Social Media Background Check
  • Military Skips Background Checks- Puts Troops at Risk
  • Lyft May Win FCRA Case
  • New CA Law Governing Ride Shares

Both Candidates Fail Social Media Background Check

Social media checks are becoming a lot more common in hiring these days. Cnet.com asked a company called Social Intelligence to do a pre-hire check on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The results are not good for either of them. BOTH reports came back with hits for “Potentially Unlawful Activity” and “Racism and/or Demonstrations of Intolerance,” among other negatives. The reports are several pages long. Check them out here -- Clinton's Social Screening Report and Donald Trump's Social Screening Report.

Military Skips Background Checks - Puts Troops at Risk

According to the Military Times, the majority of civilian tenants applying to live in privatized housing on military bases were not put through any kind of background check before being given access badges to some of the most highly classified and sensitive installations in the country.

If there is extra housing available on a base after all active duty families are settled, a private company can offer the space to the general public. Not only did these people avoid the required background checks, many also received badges that gave them access long after their leases expired.

Since an audit revealed the problem, all the tenants have been screened through the National Crime Information Center and the Terrorist Screening Database. There is no word if anyone was asked to give up their lease as a result of the background checks.

Lyft May Win FCRA Case

A federal magistrate in California recently announced that he is leaning towards dismissing a putative class action against the ride sharing company Lyft, Inc. The company is accused of allegedly violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to tell job applicants that the company would be checking their credit reports during the hiring process. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero said the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate any “concrete and particularized” injury.

New CA Law Governing Ride Shares

California Governor Jerry Brown signed new legislation into law that will require companies like Uber and Lyft to conduct broader background checks on their drivers. The law requires national criminal background checks as well as a search of the National Sex Offender site. Violations could cost as much as $5,000 and 3 months in the county jail. The law does allow for a third party Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) to conduct the checks. It goes into effect on January 1, 2017.

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Jennifer Gladstone

Posted By: Jennifer Gladstone

Jennifer Gladstone is a news anchor and journalist with more than 20 years of experience in front of the camera. She's worked in several markets, large and small, and has performed nearly every task needed in a newsroom. As EBI’s Screening News Editor, she keeps EBI’s customers and blog subscribers up to date on the latest screening news and legislative alerts affecting companies of all sizes.

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