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KISS: When it Comes to Disclosures

By Robert Drusendahl
May 25, 2017 Category • General

As a young US Army Lieutenant, I was taught the KISS (keep it simple stupid) method of planning. As General George Patton has been quoted, A good plan today is better than a great plan tomorrow. KISS came to mind at last Marchs National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) convention in Washington DC, where all of the speakers seemed to have the title Esq. after their names (lol). There was much discussion about Serial Plaintiffs who apply for a multitude of positions, not with the intent of getting a job, but with the sole purpose of finding flaws in the employers Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance to extract a monetary payment from the employer ( http://www.business2community.com/human-resources/serial-plaintiff-uses-fcra-threaten-employers-earns-230000-settlements-01589506#vwSX7ubsbSRIJ4BC.97). These professional plaintiffs have managed to extort millions of dollars from potential employers because it is cheaper and minimizes the risk of negative publicity

NAPBS Members Head to Capitol Hill

By Robert Drusendahl
April 03, 2017 Category • General

On March 19 through March 22nd, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) had their semi-annual meeting in Washington DC. After the conference on March 23rd, the day before the big vote on health care was scheduled, 110 NAPBS members went to Capitol Hill to speak with congress about various matters that concerned the criminal background screening industry. For a point of reference, background screening companies are called CRAs under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The NAPBS has been working tirelessly to inform and educate federal and state legislatures on consumer protection issues related to the FCRA. A recent survey indicated that 96% of employers surveyed do background checks and that 89% of these same employers did so in an effort to protect their employees for harm. Other matters related to comparing our process of performing background checks, which includes having court researchers physically check county and municipal court records in comparison

The EEOC's New Acting Commissioner: What Employers Need to Know

By Robert Drusendahl
February 27, 2017 Category • General

On January 25th, Victoria Lipnic was appointed the new Acting Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (EEOC) by President Trump. Prior to her appointment, she served on the EEOCs board since 2010. Several of her contributions in the EEOC have given guidance on important workplace issues, including as theuse of leave as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA,employer-provided wellness programs,harassmentprevention, and the use ofsocial media in the workplaceandbig data in employment. Upon her appointment as Acting Commissioner, Lipnic stated that President Trump claimed her responsibilities were related to Jobs, jobs, jobs. She twice emphasized that the key words in the EEOC were Employment Opportunity. Going forward in 2017, Lipnic states that while Systemic Lawsuits provide broad impact and are important, individual cases still matter. In 2016, there were 91,000 charges with 139 Merit suits being resolved. This is the largest number of charges related to Retaliation,