This month we are trying something new: a recap of the top three news stories that include an aspect related to background checks.
Generally background checks aren’t something that people assume would be front page news but hopefully, we can convince you that they are more prevalent than commonly thought.
The three news stories that we’re re-capping for this month are:
- Volunteers for the Hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria
- Uber’s Settlement of One of the Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Them
- The Equifax Breach
1. Volunteers for the Hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria
One of the main stories in the news this month was, of course, the hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the destruction they left in their wake.
There were also numerous articles about the overwhelming response from people that wanted to volunteer in the relief effort.
Volunteer organizations, such as the Red Cross, needed to remind individuals that becoming a volunteer is a process, usually including training and a background check. They asked people to be patient as they made it through the large stack of volunteer applications.
In times of great crisis, it is inspiring to see such a tremendous outpouring of support from all across America and around the world.
2. Uber’s Settlement of One of the Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Them
Uber was in the news again this month because a settlement was finally reached in one of the class action lawsuits that has been filed against them.
This particular suit alleges that “Uber Technologies Inc. and Rasier Inc violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act when obtaining consumer background check reports for prospective Uber drivers”.
Basically, the suit alleges that Uber didn’t notify it’s prospective drivers nor did they get authorization before running background checks. Uber then went on to use the information from the unauthorized background checks to take adverse action against the prospective drivers without first providing a copy of the report to the drivers. The suit goes on to note “the defendants deny the allegations and maintain FCRA laws do not apply to people who work as ‘independent transportation providers’ for Uber”.
The case settled with the defendants (Uber and Rasier) agreeing to pay the plaintiffs (the prospective Uber drivers) $7.5 million.
3. The Equifax Breach
The Equifax breach was first reported on September 7th and impacted 143 million Americans by potentially compromising “names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers”. If you haven’t already done so, you can check if you were one of those impacted at: www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.
This data breach serves as a good reminder to be vigilant of your personal information and to scan your financial statements to ensure that the information is accurate.
For Job Seekers: If you are applying for jobs with fiduciary responsibilities you should assume that your potential employer will run a credit check on you. If you are turned down for where the employer ran a credit check than they are legally obligated to provide a copy of the consumer report (which will include the credit check information) that they relied upon to make their decision. If you have been affected by a cybersecurity incident such as the recent Equifax breach or you have been the victim of identity theft it is especially important to double check this report to ensure it is accurate.
For Employers: Before taking any adverse employment action based on the results of a credit check (or any information contained in the consumer report), you must give the applicant or employee a notice that includes a copy of the consumer report you relied on to make your decision. It is worth noting that due to the Equifax breach there may be more disputes about the contents of credit checks.
A more thorough description, of what you can request as an employer in terms of an applicants credit report, is available here: www.accinfosys.com/difference-credit-report/
If you need a trusted source for your company’s pre-employment background checks give AIS a call today at 1 (800) 295-7109.