The applicant screening industry moves fast. Keep up with our Industry News blog, which presents breaking news items, culled from newspapers and trade publications, relating to legislation, case law, statistics and trends in applicant screening.
Judge tosses suit accusing Target of violating background check law
The ruling claimed that the retail giant did not willfully commit a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)’s “stand-alone disclosure” requirement. Read More
U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Spokeo, potentially making it more difficult for plaintiffs to bring “no-injury” FCRA actions based on mere statutory violations
In a highly anticipated Fair Credit Reporting Act decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-2 that Article III standing requires both a concrete and particularized injury—a requirement that is not automatically satisfied by alleging a mere statutory violation. Read More
Philadelphia regional transportation authority sued over background checks
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the nation’s sixth-largest public transportation system, has been accused of violating federal and state employment laws after it turned away an applicant over a 20-year-old drug conviction. Read More
Census Bureau to pay $15 million to settle background check lawsuit
The U.S. Census Bureau agreed to pay the fee to settle a class action involving an estimated 450,000 African Americans and Latinos who may have been passed over for jobs due to the bureau’s background check practices. Read More
Pennsylvania medical marijuana law signed; provides protection in the employment context
Pennsylvania became the 24 th state to legalize the use of medical marijuana when Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill into law on Sunday, April 17. The law will go into effect on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Read More
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