Madison Square Garden pays up for background screening mistakes, COVID-19 delays are stealing Uber and Lyft drivers’ livelihood, and a COVID-19 story that might actually make you smile! It’s all in the EBI Screening News Weekly Wrap.
Madison Square Garden Settles Background Screening Suit
It takes a lot of people to make things run smoothly at Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York City. Thousands of people work behind the scenes to make sure every sporting event and concert goes off without a hitch.
Several hundred applicants who were hoping to get jobs doing food preparation there now have a few extra dollars in their pockets after suing the facility over their background checks. There were two claims in the class action. In the first, the plaintiffs claimed MSG made adverse hiring decisions without providing the applicants copies of their background checks. That’s a clear violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The second accusation is a bit more complicated. MSG’s hiring process asked applicants to disclose whether they have been convicted of a crime before conducting a background check. They gave people conditional offers of employment, but those offers would then be pulled if the reports came back with a charge or conviction that the applicant didn’t reveal.
As a business owner or HR rep you might think that makes perfect sense – the applicant was not being honest. But, the NYC Corrections Law Section 23-A says employers are not allowed to pull the conditional offers in this situation.
This is a very sticky issue that could affect companies that ask for self-disclosure before conducting background checks. There are several schools of thought about when to ask applicants for disclosures – if ever. If you have questions about your policy, feel free to reach out to our Compliance Team for a review: Compliance@ebiinc.com.
In the meantime, MSG decided to settle the lawsuit. They will pay $519,800 for the class members and $750,000 in attorneys’ fees.
Uber and Lyft Drivers Stalled by Slow Background Checks
Delayed background checks are forcing some Uber and Lyft drivers off the road, and COVID-19 may be to blame. New drivers must have an extensive background check to drive for these companies, and then they must go through an annual check every year thereafter.
During the pandemic, courthouses across the country shut down or greatly reduced operations. Those that have reopened are experiencing huge backlogs; others are still closed down completely. This means many of those screens are getting delayed.
Even though the delays are not the driver’s fault, many have already been suspended for weeks. Both Uber and Lyft say they have been working with state and local governments in an effort to speed things up, but things are not happening fast enough for the stalled drivers.
COVID-19 Screening Goes to the Dogs
Move over nasal swabs and antibody tests, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has an even better - and cuter – way to sniff out the Coronavirus. Dubai is now using police dogs to detect the virus in travelers.
Dogs are already used to detect cancer, tuberculosis, and other diseases. These newly trained COVID-19 dogs are now posted in both of Dubai’s airports. There, agents get a sample of passenger’s sweat with an armpit swab. The samples are then presented to the dogs who are in another room. Just by smell, the dogs can determine if a person has COVID-19 within seconds! According to the Dubai Health Authority, studies show the dogs are accurate 92% of the time.