Tag: criminal background checks

Would a Better Background Check Outed The Special Olympics Caretaker?

On May 22, 2014, Tyshon VanBlue, 24, an employee of The Handicapped Development Center (HDC) of Davenport, Iowa accompanied two mentally handicapped men to the Special Olympics summer games at the Iowa State University Campus. That evening, while still on campus, the caretaker sexually assaulted the two men, reports the Quad-City Times. The assaults came to the attention of investigators in June. During the…

Flaw in Employment Background Check Law is Hurting Candidates

Having been involved in the employment background screening industry for over twenty years one could say I have seen it all. I have seen class action lawsuits, congressional hearings, state hearings, and pundits slamming an industry they really don’t understand. Often critics don’t realize that there’s a loophole in the federal law (the Fair Credit Reporting Act) that was designed to help consumers but…

Judge Tosses Texas Lawsuit Against EEOC on Criminal Background Checks

Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that the state of Texas cannot challenge the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) guidance on criminal background checks because the state is not presently at risk of being penalized for refusing to adopt the policy. You might recall that this suit was filed last November by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a legal action which challenged the…