Screening News Update: ICE's Fake University | Uber Ups Screening | Bill to Fix Fed Screening | FCRA Compliance Alert [Video]
- ICE Nabs Visa Frauds through Fake University
- Uber Making Efforts to Clean-Up Driver Pool
- New Legislation to Fix Broken Government Background Check System
- Compliance Alert
ICE Nabs Visa Frauds through Fake University
The Department of Homeland Security indicted 8 people for running a scheme to help immigrants stay in the country illegally by faking their way into a student visa. Curricular Practical Training, or CPT, is a program that allows students to work in the US as long as the work serves as training in their area of study. The group under indictment allegedly helped at least 600 foreign nationals stay in the country and get work by enrolling them in fake schools. One of those fake institutions in this “pay to stay” scheme was the University of Farmington. It’s only been around since the investigation started in 2015, and has no faculty or classes because it’s secretly run by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The 8 defendants are all accused of helping enroll students in the programs in return for cash and kickbacks. ICE also detained 130 foreign students who were enrolled in the fake school. All but one of the people caught up in this trap are originally from India, the other is from Pakistan.
Uber Making Efforts to Clean Up Driver Pool
We went through a stretch last year when it seemed like every week there was a terrifying news story about an Uber driver doing terrible things. The negative press definitely lit a fire under the ride-share giant. The company has now added continuous background checks to its screening program. While traditional background checks can only look into the past, continuous monitoring works in real- time and alerts employers of any new criminal charges filed against an employee.
New Legislation to Fix Broken Government Background Check System
We have been telling you for quite some time that the federal government’s background clearance system is a terrible mess that not only leaves job applicants hanging for months or even years, but also puts national security at risk. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) just introduced a bill aimed at finally updating the 70-year old system. The legislation adds security clearances to a list of high-risk areas that need immediate attention. The Modernizing the Trusted Workforce for the 21st Century Act would promote innovation, strengthen oversight of the system, and consolidate programs to clear the backlog and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
As we wrap up today, we just wanted to make sure you are aware of a new FCRA decision out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California. In the case of Gilberg v. California Check Cashing Stores the court ruled that the inclusion of individual state’s rights in an FCRA disclosure form could be deemed “extraneous information” and therefore constitute a technical violation of the FCRA. Any specific state disclosures need to appear in a separate document and make it clear which apply to the applicant. Employers must also be sure all disclosure and authorizations are capitalized, bolded and underlined in a font bigger than Arial 8.