Owner of Alleged Global Diploma Mill Arrested

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The chief executive of a software company in Pakistan accused of running a global diploma mill that made millions selling worthless education degrees was arrested after Pakistani investigators discovered a storage room with blank fake diplomas, according to a report in The New York Times. Continue reading

Congress Urges President Obama to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

More than 70 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to “Ban the Box” on job applications and adopt a federal fair chance hiring policy at the federal level, according to a press release on the website of Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), one of the co-leaders of this Ban the Box effort. Continue reading

Uber Back in Kansas after Background Check Bill Signed

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Ride sharing technology provider Uber has returned services to Kansas after Governor Sam Brownback signed a new law – Kansas Senate Bill 101 (SB 101) – that will allow Uber to continue to perform background checks on its own drivers instead of with screenings done by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, according to a report by the Kansas City Star. Continue reading

Credit Reporting Agencies to Pay $6 Million Settlement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Generals from 31 states have announced that the three main credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – agreed to pay a $6 million settlement to their states and change their business practices to benefit consumers, according to a news release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who initiated a multi-state investigation in 2012 that resulted in the settlement. Continue reading

Alleged Diploma Mills Make Millions Selling Fake Degrees

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A vast network of alleged “diploma mills” with hundreds of websites for phony universities and high schools offering worthless online education degrees with no true accreditation makes “tens of millions of dollars” from people worldwide, according to a report by the New York Times. Continue reading

FCRA Lawsuit against Bank of America Denied

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal judge in the California Central District Court has denied a class action lawsuit that claimed Bank of America NA violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by obtaining consumer reports for background checks on prospective and current employees using authorization disclosures that did not comply with the FCRA. A copy of the ruling is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/Newton-v-Bank-of-America_cv03714_Judgment.pdf. Continue reading

Uber Not in Kansas Anymore Due to Background Check Bill

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Ride-sharing technology service provider Uber shut down operations in Kansas after the state legislature overrode Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill – SB 117, The Creation of Kansas Transportation Network Company Services Act – that would require stricter background checks on drivers and increase the insurance needed for all vehicles, the Wichita Eagle reports. Continue reading