Medical Identity Theft Increased in 2014

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The 2014 Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) found that medical identity theft increased nearly 22 percent in the last year, with nearly half a million more victims in 2014 than in 2013. To obtain a copy of this study, which was conducted by the Ponemon Institute, please visit http://medidfraud.org/2014-fifth-annual-study-on-medical-identity-theft/. Continue reading

New Jersey Ban the Box Act Takes Effect March 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective March 1, 2015, Ban the Box legislation in New Jersey – (S2124) “The Opportunity to Compete Act” – will establish certain employment rights for reformed ex-offenders and provides job applicants who have criminal records with protections when they seek employment. The law prevents employers from asking about criminal records of job applicants early in the hiring process. The Ban the Box Act is available at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S2500/2124_I1.HTM. Continue reading

Georgia Latest State to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed an Executive Order that will make Georgia the 14th state to Ban the Box. Job applicants will no longer be required to disclose their criminal histories on job applications for state jobs. A copy of the Executive Order is available at https://gov.georgia.gov/sites/gov.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/02.23.15.03.pdf. Continue reading

Court Affirms Judgment against EEOC in Freeman Case

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has affirmed a summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that corporate events service provider Freeman conducted criminal background checks that had an unlawful disparate impact on black and male job applicants in violation of Title VII. The appeal decision in EEOC vs. Freeman, No.13-2365 (February 20, 2015) – which unanimously affirms the rejection of “utterly unreliable analysis” from an EEOC expert – is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/EEOC-v-Freeman-Decision.pdf. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Releases Whitepaper with Montage on Video Interviewing and Discrimination

Video Interviewing & Discrimination - What Talent Acquisition Leaders Need to Know

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – has released a new whitepaper sponsored by leading video interviewing solution provider Montage titled ‘Video Interviewing & Discrimination – What Talent Acquisition Leaders Need to Know.’ The complimentary whitepaper is available for download at http://www.esrcheck.com/Stay-Updated/Download/. Continue reading

NFL Combine Involves Social Media Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The “tweets, posts, and snapchats” of National Football League (NFL) prospects are just as important as their physical ability on the field at the NFL Scouting Combine taking place this weekend due to the rise of social media background checks performed by NFL teams, according to a story from SportTechie.com. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Discuss EEOC Guidance at HR West

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” will present a session titled ‘The New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance: Taking Practical Steps to Comply’ at HR West 2015 on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 10:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. To register for the event, visit http://hrwest.org/. Continue reading

Macon-Bibb County GA Votes to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Macon-Bibb County (Georgia) Commission has voted 6-3 to Ban the Box and remove any questions that ask about criminal records of applicants from county job applications, according to a report from 13WMAZ in Central Georgia. Continue reading

EEOC Guidance Webinar Scheduled for February 25

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) better understand the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance for the use criminal records in employment background checks, ClearStar Technology is sponsoring a webinar titled ‘Best Practices Standards: A Powerful Tool for CRAs’ that will be held Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT. To register, visit https://clearstar.webex.com/clearstar/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec428b48f1c324813d7477fb21a67fed5. Continue reading

CareerBuilder Valentine’s Day Study Looks at Office Romance

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, leading human capital solutions provider CareerBuilder has released a survey of workers that takes a closer look at office romance. According to CareerBuilder’s annual Valentine’s Day study, 37 percent of workers have dated a co-worker and 30 percent of those office romances have led to marriage. Continue reading