Legislative Alert - Wednesday, December 21st, 2016: Beware of Fake IRS Calls
- IRS Scam Warning
- Spokeo Heads Back to Court
- Ban the Box Gets Closer for Feds
IRS Scam Warning
The IRS is warning taxpayers about an “aggressive and sophisticated” phone scam. Callers are claiming they work for the IRS and reportedly sound very convincing by offering up fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They also alter the Caller ID info to make the call look real. The caller tells the victim they owe money and it has to be paid right away. They suggest pre-loaded debit cards or wire transfers. If someone refuses to cooperate the caller threatens them with everything from arrest to driver’s license suspension. Immigrants have been threatened with deportation. Sometimes the caller claims you are due a refund and tries to get private information. “Urgent” voicemails are also being sent. Bottom-line—the IRS will NEVER demand an immediate payment; you will get a bill if you owe anything. They will NEVER threaten you, demand you pay without the chance to appeal or ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. The IRS says the calls are really convincing, so please pass this info on!
Spokeo Heads Back to Court
The much-watched Robins v. Spokeo Inc. case is being heard again by the Ninth Circuit. The case, which asks how concrete a plaintiff’s injury must be to sue in federal court, was sent back to the U.S. Court of Appeals after the Supreme Court decided it was not given a thorough enough analysis the first time around. The decision will have an effect on cases of all kinds, including the many class action lawsuits brought against employers for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
Ban the Box Gets Closer for Feds
On December 1, 2016 the final version of a proposed rule to Ban the Box for federal agencies was published by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The rule would prohibit federal agencies from asking job applicants about any criminal history until a conditional employment offer is made. The effort was kicked off by the President’s Memorandum on April 28th called “Promoting Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals.” The National Association of Professional Background Screeners lobbied to have the rule altered to allow the background check to be conducted after the first interview instead of waiting for a job offer. They argued that waiting so late in the hiring process would cause unnecessary delays and could leave jobs unfilled much longer than necessary. The OPM decided not to make the change. The rule goes into effect on January 3, 2017, but agencies will have until March 31st to fully comply.