Woman Sues Credit Reporting Agencies for Declaring Her Dead

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A St. Louis, Missouri woman has filed a lawsuit against the “big three” credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – for declaring her “deceased” in her credit files and making it impossible for her to receive credit or loans, according to a story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Continue reading

Form I-9 Non-Compliance Leads to $600,000 Fine

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A company was fined more than $600,000 after the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) issued a decision finding the employer liable for more than 800 Form I-9 violations of hiring employees to work in the United States without properly examining and documenting their identity. The decision is at http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/pages/attachments/2015/07/15/1255.pdf. Continue reading

Criminal Records a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen for California Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers in California deal with complex laws regarding the use of criminal records during background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webcast titled “Criminal Records and California Employers: A Lawsuit Waiting to Happen” on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT at the HR in California Virtual Event hosted by HR.com and the Institute for Human Resources (IHR). To register, please click here. Continue reading

Consumer Reporting Fairness Act Would Help Fix Inaccurate Credit Reports

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate – S. 1773 – the “Consumer Reporting Fairness Act of 2015” – would require creditors to inform consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) that certain debts have been discharged in bankruptcy cases, making it easier for consumers who rid themselves of credit card debt to fix inaccurate credit reports that do not reflect a clean financial slate. The text of S. 1773 is available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1773/text. Continue reading

Ban the Box Demonstration Planned for White House

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Advocates, civil rights leaders, clergy, and impacted individuals will hold a demonstration at the White House in Washington D.C. on Thursday, July 30, 2015, to call on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order to “Ban the Box” and implement fair hiring practices for federal jobs, according to a press release from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Continue reading

OPM Restores e-QIP Online Background Check System

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has restored access to the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) online federal background check system taken offline in June after a massive data breach was discovered, according to an update on the e-QIP Application web page. Continue reading

FTC Claims Identity Theft Protection Service Misled Consumers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is claiming that LifeLock, Inc. violated a 2010 settlement with the FTC by allegedly continuing to make deceptive claims about the company’s identity theft protection services and by failing to take steps required to protect the data of users, according to a press release on the FTC website. Continue reading

New CFPB Report Reveals Top Consumer Complaints

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the federal agency solely focused on consumer financial protection and consumer complaints – has released its initial Monthly Complaint Report to provide “a high-level snapshot of trends in consumer complaints.” Continue reading

New Legislation Aims to Reform TSA Employee Screening

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives – the Airport Access Control Security Improvement Act of 2015 – aims to reform and streamline Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee screening procedures for airport and airline workers, according to a press release from Representative John Katko (New York – 24th District). Continue reading

FCRA Class Action Lawsuits Rise Sharply in June 2015

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Fair Credit reporting Act (FCRA) class action lawsuits rose 26.8 percent from May 2015 to June 2015, and FCRA class action lawsuits rose 67.4 percent in June 2015 over June 2014, according Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Complaint Statistics available on the WebRecon LLC website. Continue reading