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What Must Be Disclosed Before Employment Background Check

When it comes to applying for a job, the application process is no longer as simple as filling out paperwork and going for an interview.  With the availability of consumer data and the internet, employers can now conduct a more extensive background check when you apply for a job.  Gone are the days of being able to just appear face to face and let an employer know you are the right person for the job.Read More...

Snacking Giant Pays in Background Check Lawsuit

Last month, Frito-Lay, Inc., one of the largest snack food manufacturers, generating over $1 billion in sales over the past year, agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle a class action lawsuit over alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) for improper handling of background checks.Read More...

Video: How to Dispute a Merged Credit Report

Join SmithMarco's own consumer rights attorney, Larry Smith, on Chicago Access Network Televisiton (CAN TV) for this episode of "Credit Talk."  Larry Smith discusses your rights when denied credit or employment based on a merged credit file. A merged credit file occurs when people have similar names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, and social security numbers and their credit information and background check information gets mixed up by the credit reporting agencies.Read More...

Social Media and Employment Background Checks

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), an employer cannot delve into your personal life without your permission.  When applying for a job or if you are currently employed, the law says employers need to seek your permission to conduct a background check.  The FCRA requires an employer to ask your permission to conduct a background check and get written confirmation.  Read More...