With FCRA compliance litigation rising yet again in 2017, major companies such as Uber, J.P. Morgan, and Avis saw multi-million dollar settlements for FCRA noncompliance issues. According to the latest statistics from WebRecon LLC, this was the 17th year in a row these numbers have risen – with a 42 percent increase in the last three years alone.
When State Governor Jay Inslee signed the Washington Fair Chance Act last week, the state joined the rest of the West Coast in enacting state-wide Ban the Box legislation. When it goes into effect on June 6, most employers in the state will be prohibited from asking about criminal arrests and convictions, receiving information through a criminal history background check, or otherwise obtaining information about an applicant’s criminal record, before they determine whether an applicant is otherwise qualified for the position.
“How long will the background check take?”
If you are making any negative decision based on information contained in a background check report, you must follow FCRA Adverse Action procedures (F.C.R.A. §604 (b), 15 U.S.C. §1681b).