Police Report Details Alleged Falsified Background Checks on School Employees

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An internal school investigation attached to a New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) incident report details allegations that officials at a New Orleans public charter school possibly “fabricated criminal background checks for school employees,” according to a report from WWL-TV CBS Channel 4 in New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA). …

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Small Business Owners Struggle to Find Workers in COVID-19 Recovery

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In March 2021, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reported in its monthly jobs survey that 42 percent of small business owners reported job openings that could not be filled – a record high reading – as they continue to have difficulty finding qualified workers to …

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DeSoto TX Approves “Ban the Box” Policy to Ensure Fair Chance at Employment

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 13, 2021, the City Council in DeSoto, Texas approved a “Ban the Box” hiring policy “to give everyone a fair chance at employment” by “removing the conviction history check-box from job applications. If employers must ask about convictions, they can ask later in the hiring …

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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Observed April 18 to 24, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The 40th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) – which is promoted each April by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), one of six components within the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – is being observed in …

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California Caregiver Background Check System Causing Delays in Hiring

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) caregiver background check system Guardian was created “to help home and community care providers, foster care families, and even nannies and babysitters who apply for clearance” but some “couldn’t hire workers while grappling with a glitchy state system designed to …

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President Biden Proclaims April 2021 as Second Chance Month

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 31, 2021, United States President Joseph Biden proclaimed April 2021 as Second Chance Month and called on all government officials, educators, volunteers, and people to observe the month “with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities,” according to a proclamation posted on the White House website. “During …

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Kentucky Reentry Law Will Give Employers Protection When Hiring Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 5, 2021, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed into law House Bill 497 (HB 497) that will create a certificate program to give employers protection from legal barriers and civil liabilities for hiring qualified ex-offenders who have prior criminal records and are trained for a job. …

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Safe Hiring Experts to Present Webinar about Top Background Check Trends

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Since 2008, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has selected the highly anticipated annual “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” that have substantially impacted the future of the background screening industry. For the 14th annual list, ESR will present a complimentary webinar titled “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends …

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Free Weekly Credit Reports Available for Additional Year Due to COVID-19

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In March 2021, the three nationwide consumer credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – announced they were extending free weekly credit reports to Americans for an additional year until April 20, 2022, to continue to help people across the country manage their financial health during …

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Head of Capitol Security Review Wants Background Checks on Capitol Workers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In April of 2021, Retired Army Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, the leader of a task force reviewing security failures during the insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, “said he continues to support recommendations for conducting background checks on everyone working at the Capitol” …

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