Conducting Legal Background Checks On Applicants And Employees

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With the number of harassment, discrimination and other employee lawsuits growing, besides examining their internal policies, employers need to be careful about who they hire. Apart from calling previous employers and schools and checking for any lawsuits with the courts, many businesses will also consider using a vendor to do a background check and to look at an applicant’s social media posts. The key to staying on the right side of the law is following the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Despite its name, the law covers more than just credit checks. It governs how an employer or a third…
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As DOJ Sets Sights on Executives, Your Firm Needs Protection

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The Department of Justice is stepping up its efforts to prosecute individual company executives, which could see more directors and officers facing jail time and individual financial penalties. The department issued a memo (obtained by the New York Times) to its prosecutors outlining best practices and recommending that allegedly responsible individuals should be the focus of investigations at the outset, and that they only consider a company to have cooperated in an investigation if it turns over information about the actions of individuals at the firm. This type of prosecution can cost the executives involved and the company hundreds of…
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