Second SEPTA?

A leading case in the use of criminal background checks for employment purposes is El v. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (“SEPTA”), 479 F. 3d 232 (3rd Cir. 2007). SEPTA has been sued again for alleged employment screening violations.

Name-based criminal background checks; A refresher

In the wake of some recent stories toting the perceived benefits of fingerprint checks for workers, CDIA wants to remind readers that name-based criminal background checks are the most effective and thorough way to screen out those with a criminal past.  For example, FBI Assistant Director Stephen Morris said that “[t]he misnomer is that FBI has… Continue reading Name-based criminal background checks; A refresher

Lyft President on the Value of Name-Based Checks

Today, Lyft co-founder and president, John Zimmer, gave an interview on WBUR’s Here & Now.  In that interview he discussed how much more comprehensive name-based criminal background checks are to fingerprint checks and how they do a better job at protecting the riding public.  The discussion of criminal background checks runs from 3:30 – 4:55.

Unintended Consequences: Limiting Credit for Employment

A new study from Robert Clifford, an economist at the Boston Fed, and Daniel Shoag, an assistant professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School, “finds that when employers are prohibited from looking into people’s financial history, something perverse happens: African-Americans become more likely to be unemployed relative to others.”  Shoag, Daniel and Clifford, Robert, No More Credit Score: Employer Credit… Continue reading Unintended Consequences: Limiting Credit for Employment