Background Check Expert Explains How “Instant Clears” of Criminal Record Searches Can Be Problematic

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In his article “What Employers Need to Know About ‘Instant Clears,’” background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of global screening firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), explains how a new and innovative method designed to more quickly deliver a criminal record …

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New Jersey Court Rules Medical Marijuana Users May be Protected Under State Law Against Discrimination

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 27, 2019, a New Jersey appellate court ruled in a lawsuit between a funeral home and a former employee diagnosed with cancer that employers cannot automatically fire medical marijuana users for failing a drug test since they may be protected under the state’s Law Against …

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Uber Driver with Past Criminal Record Arrested for Allegedly Attacking Helpless Female Passenger

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A driver for Uber has been arrested by police in Florida and charged with the attempted sexual battery of a helpless female passenger who had hailed him for a ride in March of 2019, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison, according to …

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New Mexico Passes Ban the Box Measure for Private Employers in State

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 3, 2019, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 96 (SB 96), the “Criminal Offender Employment Act” which is a measure that will “Ban the Box” by prohibiting private employers in the state from inquiring about a job applicant’s arrest or conviction history …

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Employers Need Background Screening Providers that are NAPBS Accredited and FCRA Compliant

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Experts agree employers need background screening providers that are accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and able to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to an article from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The NAPBS – a non-profit …

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North Carolina Bans Use of Salary History in State Government Hiring

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On Equal Pay Day held on April 2, 2019, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 93 directing state government agencies to ban the use of salary history in the hiring process to address the gender pay gap between men and woman, according to a …

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Lyft Announces Adoption of Continuous Background Checks for Drivers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 15, 2019, Lyft Inc. – a popular transportation network company (TNC) serving more than 600 U.S. cities – announced in a post on the Lyft blog two new features to enhance the safety and security of the TNC’s platform: continuous background checks and enhanced identity verification of …

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USCIS Invites Public Comment for Proposed Form I-9 Extension Until April 30

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency overseeing lawful immigration to the United States – has published a Federal Register notice in order to invite public comments on the proposed extension of the ‘Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification’ before the document expires on …

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U.S. Workforce Drug Testing Positivity Rate Highest Since 2004

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The drug testing positivity rate for the U.S. workforce hit a fourteen-year high in 2018, increasing nearly five percent in urine drug tests – 4.4 percent in 2018 versus 4.2 percent in 2017 – and climbing to the highest level since the 4.5 percent attained in 2004, …

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IRS Announces Major Progress Made in Battle against Tax-Related Identity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 8, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Security Summit partners announced that results from 2018 show major progress in the battle against tax-related identity theft along with added protection for thousands of taxpayers and billions of dollars, according to a news release from …

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