Report Finds 2019 on Track to Be Another “Worst Year on Record” for Data Breach Activity

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 15, 2019, Risk Based Security (RBS) released its 2019 MidYear QuickView Data Breach Report that showed 2019 was on track to be another “worst year on record” for data breach activity, with over 3,800 incidents reported in the first six months of the year. Compared …

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NAPBS Supports Chipping In for CAUSE Charity Golf Tournament Benefitting Sue Weaver CAUSE

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – a non-profit trade association representing companies that perform background screening – is proud to support the 3rd annual Chipping in for CAUSE charity golf tournament benefitting the Sue Weaver CAUSE that will take place at the Tournament Players …

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Court Rules Background Check for Independent Contractor Does Not Trigger Protections for Employment Purposes under FCRA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn              On August 9, 2019, a ruling in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia found that a background check for independent contractors does not trigger the protections applicable for a background check for “employment purposes” under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). …

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Woman Injured in On-Camera Shooting of Journalists by their Former Co-Worker Sues TV Station for Negligent Hiring

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A woman injured during the on-camera shooting of two television journalists by their disgruntled former co-worker while being interviewed in August of 2015 has sued the TV station where all three worked for negligent hiring and retention, according to a report from The Roanoke Times. The complaint filed …

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Partial Settlement Reached with Equifax and TransUnion Over Alleged FCRA Violations with Credit Files

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A partial settlement has been reached in a lawsuit against three major credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – over alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) due to inaccurate credit files, with a notice stating that a partial settlement was reached between …

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Consumer Litigation Involving FCRA Rose 15 Percent from Previous Month in July 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In July of 2019, consumer litigation involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) – a federal law that helps ensure the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of personal information – rose 15.4 percent from the previous month, with 510 cases compared to 442 cases, according to statistics from WebRecon …

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EEOC Reaches Agreement with Pier 1 Imports to Resolve Background Check Race Discrimination Charge

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 9, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – announced it had reached an agreement with international home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports through its conciliation process to resolve a background check race discrimination charge …

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Columbia SC Passes Ban the Box Law and Prohibits Salary History Questions on Initial Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 6, 2019, Columbia, South Carolina City Council unanimously passed a law that will “Ban the Box” asking about criminal history and prohibit salary history questions on initial job applications, and will encourage vendors doing business with the City to do the same, according to a …

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ICE Executes Search Warrants at Agricultural Processing Plants in Mississippi and Detains 680 Workers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 7, 2019, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the federal agency enforcing laws governing American border control – announced that ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed multiple federal criminal search warrants at seven agricultural processing plants in Mississippi as part of an ongoing …

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Judge Rules Clerk Violated Freedom of Information Act by Not Releasing Court Records for Background Check

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 6, 2019, a Pulaski County Circuit Judge ruled in an open-record lawsuit that a Bentonville District Clerk violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by refusing to release court records of a man undergoing a background check, according to a report by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. …

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