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October 16, 2018
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$3m fine for firm’s failure to meet accuracy requirements for tenant screening reports

A Texas company has agreed to pay $3 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company failed to take reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy of tenant screening information that it provided to landlords and property managers, a violation of federal law that caused some potential renters to be falsely associated with criminal records.

The FTC’s complaint alleges that RealPage, Inc. violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy of tenant screening information provided to its clients. The amount RealPage has agreed to pay as part of the settlement is the largest civil penalty the FTC has obtained against a background screening company.

“You shouldn’t get turned down for an apartment because someone has the wrong information about you,” said Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “This case shows that, especially with today’s tight rental market, we will hold tenant screening companies responsible for the accuracy of their reports.”

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October 9, 2018
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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf issues executive order attempting to address pay inequality

In June, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2018-18-03, which addresses the gender pay gap in the state.
 
All state agencies under the governor's jurisdiction have been directed to: No longer inquire about a job applicant's current compensation or compensation history at any stage during the hiring process, base salaries on job responsibilities, position pay range and the applicant's knowledge, skills, competencies, experience, compensation requests, or other bona fide factor other than sex, except where compensation is based on clearly defined situations, and clearly identify the appropriate pay range on job postings.
 
Applicants are not, however, prohibited from volunteering information about their current compensation level or salary history.

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October 4, 2018
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Recruitment Agency accidentally placed crook who stole £115k from new employer

Alaska Freeman of Radford lied about the accountancy qualifications she claimed to have.  She secured a role with Maun Industries Ltd in 2012 as assistant management accountant, and was soon promoted to general manager of a second company Maun purchased in 2013, Ketchum Manufacturing Company Ltd.

However, she used her position to make personal purchases on company credit cards, transfer funds into her own bank accounts, and steal petty cash – in total taking around £101,000. Freeman was finally exposed in 2015 when HMRC told the company's MD Eddie Thomas they owed more than £100,000 in unpaid NI and PAYE contributions.


However, Freeman’s fraud did not stop there. After she was bailed in February 2016 and was still being investigated, she successfully applied for a job as Financial Controller at Nexor Limited in Nottingham. Once again, she was able to use company credit cards to pay for items such as jewellery, clothing, computer equipment and beauty products, this time totalling more than £3,200.

It was revealed that she had lied on her CV, hiding the details of her arrest.

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