Count Down to the HR Technology Conference & Expo….

CARCO will be exhibiting at the HR Technology Conference & Expo.  Stop by booth # 1059 to discuss our paperless Onboarding Solution and pre employment screening services.

October 8-9, 2012 – McCormick Center, Chicago

BOOTH # 1059

Jerry and Doreen look forward to meeting you!  And you can enter to win our GRAND PRIZE  – the new iPad!!  See you soon!

EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan on the use of Background Screening Tools for Hiring – UPDATE

On September 4, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released for public comment a proposed Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for 2012-2016.  The proposal would focus on the EEOC’s law enforcement actions on reducing employment discrimination, including the elimination of systemic barriers in recruitment and hiring through the use of background screening tools.  Comments may be submitted through September 18th.

To view the proposal, visit http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/strategic_plan_12to16.cfm

NEW FCRA FORMS REQUIRED BY JANUARY 1, 2013

The Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) recently issued regulations that call for the modification of three critical forms required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., and which are typically used in the background screening process. The regulations require that employers and affected consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) begin using these new forms by January 1, 2013. Specifically, the following three forms must be modified:

1)    Summary of Consumer Rights under the FCRA:  This is a standard notice required under the FCRA to be used by CRAs and employers.  CRAs must provide this form to employers. Employers must provide this form to applicants and employees in a wide variety of situations, such as when the applicant or employee will be subject to an investigative consumer report or when a pre-adverse action notice is sent to an applicant or employee.

2)    Notice to users of Consumer Reports of their Obligations under the FCRA:  The FCRA requires that the CRAs provide each user, including their employer clients, with a copy of this notice.

3)    Notice to Furnishers of Information of their Obligations under the FCRA:  The FCRA requires that CRAs provide this notice to certain furnishers of information in specific situations.

Copies of the new forms can be found here.

In order to remain compliant, employers should discuss their processes with legal counsel and be sure to keep abreast of the FCRA’s requirements and the CFPB’s rulemaking and enforcement of the same, including these new forms which are required to be used no later than January 1, 2013.