By Lana Batts and Billie Lee
Co-Presidents, Driver iQ
This Opinion piece appears in the Feb. 4 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.
Lawsuits, class-action suits and civil penalties” are not the words carriers want to read at the beginning of an op-ed in this newspaper.
However, over the past several months, we have been alerting carriers to the ever-changing legal trends in the background-screening industry. Specifically, we have been notifying them of the changes brought about by recent Federal Trade Commission fines levied for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a class-action lawsuit that has been settled covering the same issues, pending lawsuits and recent decisions and pending cases at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which released new guidance last April.
Basically, the issues fall into two categories: