Please note, the Santa Clara Criminal Court is now backlogged and overloaded as a result of the clerk’s strike earlier this month. As a result, the number of files that can be pulled each day for each researcher has been reduced from 35 to 15-25 case files per day, and the restriction is expected to last until November at the earliest.
The new restriction means it is likely that there will be longer turnaround times and ETAs for background results in cases that need to be further researched. Santa Clara case data can only be accessed via hard files, and only clerks can pull these files. Adding researchers is not possible, as the court has imposed a virtual lock down on the number of researchers who can operate within it, complete with scheduled time-slots and daily time limits per slot.
Corporate Screening regrets the inconvenience you may experience as a result of this. We will continue to keep you informed as we get further information.
Employers, there’s been a lot of talk about the increasing number of FCRA class action lawsuits based on technicalities in employers’ disclosure/authorization forms. Here’s a bit of good news. In another decision that cited Spokeo, Inc. V. Robins, a U.S. District Court determined that the plaintiff “alleged nothing more than a bare procedural violation of the FCRA,” and remanded the action for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
The plaintiff in Elizabeth Larroque v First Advantage LNS, Screening Solutions Inc., alleged that the defendant violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) because it provided a consumer report to her prospective employer without first having that company certify it had complied with the disclosure and authorization requirements required by the FCRA. The plaintiff did not allege that either she or any putative class member suffered actual harm or actual damages.
In its ruling, the United States District Court, Northern District of California concluded the plaintiff has not alleged an injury sufficient to confer Article III standing.
Corporate Screening invites you to read the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, Screening Solutions. With a variety of articles that cover important issues in the background screening world, it’s a must-read for employers.
This edition’s feature article examines the issue of legalized marijuana, and how it affects employer drug policies. In the face of a number of states legalizing marijuana usage for medical and/or recreational purposes, it’s important that employers examine their policies and procedures as there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. A second article about Ohio’s recent legalized medical marijuana law complements the feature article.
Check out the variety of compliance pieces, including one about Portland, Oregon’s recent “ban the box” legislation, an important class action court case dismissal, and the recent legislation in Massachusetts that will prohibit employers from asking about salaries prior to the job offer.
If you use E-Verify, are you up-to-date with policies and processes? Take the assessment and find out.
And in company news Corporate Screening is pleased to share that we have been re-accredited by the Background Screening Credentialing Council. We also invite employers in Northeast Ohio to join Corporate Screening and our partner, ERC, for a free presentation and round table discussion about background screening on September 15.
In VerifyStudents news, we are excited about our newest integration with ACEMAPP’s clinical placement and rotation management system. We invite schools to join us for a free webinar to learn more about this ground-breaking integration.
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Please note that the Lyndhurst, Ohio Municipal Court website is currently unavailable due to computer issues, and has been down since September 2, 2016. As a result, public records searches are unavailable. Corporate Screening has been in contact with court representatives and the court does not have an ETA as to when the system will be back online.
In order to reduce delays, background reports held since September 2 and any new reports that include our CrimeSweep Ohio searches will be closed without Lyndhurst Municipal Court searches until the court’s system returns online. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and will continue to monitor the situation.
On September 15, 2016 Corporate Screening’s partner, ERC is hosting an Ask the Expert event, “Background Screening – the Basics and Beyond.” We invite organizations located in NE Ohio to register for this free event and learn more about background screening by attending this presentation and round table discussion. Discover important issues in background screening, ask questions and discuss your program with experts and peers. To register for the event, visit “Ask the Expert: Bacground Screening – The Basics and Beyond.”
We also invite you to check out ERC’s Insights Blog, which contains helpful and insightful information for HR professionals. This week’s blog features a background screening article from Corporate Screening about updates that are coming to Ohio’s computerized background check system. Don’t miss out – there’s a lot of great information in ERC’s Insights Blog!
Each year, Corporate Screening asks our clients to share their opinions about how we are doing in our Client Satisfaction Survey. What do we do with this information? It helps us see how well we are meeting our clients’ needs, lets us assess what we are doing right, and it helps us find out what we need to improve. We act on the information that you provide and your feedback helps ensure you and all of our clients continue to receive the high quality service that you have come to expect from Corporate Screening.
An email message was recently sent to clients that contains a link to the survey. If you did not receive the email, please contact our Client Support Team and they will be happy to assist you by sending you a link to the survey. To contact them, please call 800-229-8606, option 4 or email them at CustomerSupport@CorporateScreening.com.
We want to thank you again for being a Corporate Screening client and invite everyone to share your thoughts by taking the annual Client Satisfaction Survey.
Corporate Screening has learned that the Santa Clara California County clerk’s union has reached a tentative agreement with the court. The clerks are working again, but the number of files each researcher can order each day is limited for the rest of the week, as the clerks attempt to catch up with the backlog. As a result, search delays are expected until the workflow returns to normal.
For more information about the agreement, please visit: http://abc7news.com/news/striking-santa-clara-county-court-workers-reach-tentative-agreement-with-management/1467837/
Corporate Screening regrets any inconvenience that the court strike may have caused.
As an update to news about the Santa Clara California Court clerk strike, Corporate Screening has learned that the clerks remain on strike today and they are prepared to remain on strike for 2-3 weeks, if necessary. As a result, background screening results may be delayed.
Additional information about the strike is available at: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_30220137/court-strike-by-santa-clara-county-workers-moves.
Corporate Screening will continue to monitor events and share information as we learn more. Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Please note that the Records department at the Santa Clara California Courts will be closed for the next two days, as there is nobody available to pull files for court researchers. The strike is anticipated to continue at least through Thursday, and no work will be available until Monday, August 8, 2016 at the earliest.
As before, Corporate Screening will continue to monitor these events and keep you updated as we learn more. Once again, thank you for your patience and we apologize for any background delays caused by the strike.
Corporate Screening has learned that court clerks in Santa Clara County, California will go on strike on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. This means that no case files will be pulled by the clerks on Wednesday, which effectively prevents our researchers from obtaining the majority of criminal case information in this county. As a result, your background check results could potentially be delayed. Please note that court researchers are still able to access the criminal index, so returning clear results is not anticipated to be a problem during the strike.
At this time, there is no prediction as to how long the strike will last. Although Court management will be running mandatory court functions during the strike, they will not be staffing the counters, which means an inevitable backlog.
Corporate Screening will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated as we learn more. In the meanwhile, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.