Supreme Court to Consider FCRA Lawsuit against People Search Website

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted the ‘Petition for a Writ of Certiorari’ to question whether online people search website Spokeo Inc. should continue to face a class action lawsuit for alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that requires Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) to provide correct information. The Petition is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/Spokeo-v-Robins-Petition.pdf. Continue reading

Home Depot Settles FCRA Lawsuit for $1.8 Million

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A settlement of $1.8 million has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Home Depot that claimed the home improvement and construction retailer allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by not having the proper forms for job applicants to fill out in order to conduct background checks on them, according to a report on the Top Class Actions website. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Adds Vice President Strategic Growth

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – has announced the addition of seasoned screening industry professional Dawn Standerwick as Vice President Strategic Growth. Standerwick strongly enhances ESR’s management team with prior executive management experience in operations, sales, business development, marketing, and online solutions. Her areas of responsibility with ESR will include sales, business development, brand marketing, and client success. Continue reading

Vermont Implements Ban the Box Hiring Policy

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed Executive Order NO. 03-15 to implement a ‘Ban the Box’ state hiring policy that removes questions about criminal records from the first part of job applications for state employment, according to a report at http://governor.vermont.gov/node/2326. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Present Webinar on Ways CRAs are Sued Under FCRA

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – will present a complimentary webinar hosted by ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen titled ‘Common Ways Consumer Reporting Agencies are Sued Under the FCRA’ on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon PM Pacific Time. To register for this event, please visit http://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6893115836185261825. Continue reading

DOT Approves Electronic Forms for Drug Testing

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A final rule that took effect on April 13, 2015 amends U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations to incorporate changes to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) chain of custody and control form (CCF) approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). For more information about this rule – which expands the DOT’s definition of the CCF to include both paper and electronic form – visit: Use of Electronic Chain of Custody and Control Form in DOT-Regulated Drug Testing Programs. Continue reading

CFPB Report Examines How CRAs Handle Consumer Disputes

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released its latest Supervisory Highlights report that shows CFPB supervisory resolutions resulted in remediation of $19.4 million to more than 92,000 consumers. Among the highlights of the 20-page report is a focus on how Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) handle consumer disputes that question the accuracy and completeness of background check reports. Continue reading

LinkedIn Granted Motion to Dismiss in FCRA Lawsuit

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal judge in the Northern District of California has granted a motion to dismiss in a class action lawsuit against LinkedIn Corporation that claimed the online professional networking website’s “References Searches” function violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). A copy of the ruling is at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/Sweet-v-LinkedIn_Motion-to-Dismiss.pdf. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Talks Background Checks on May 5

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an Audio Conference with The Industry Calendar titled ‘Background Checks And Safe Hiring: Trends, Legal Developments, And Best Practices In 2015’ on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information about the event, please visit http://www.theindustrycalendar.com/showWCDetails.asp?TCID=1014708. Continue reading

myE-Verify Now Available in All 50 States

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the expansion of the myE-Verify service that gives workers a free and secure way to participate in the E-Verify process nationwide to all 50 states. To learn more, visit the myE-Verify page on the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/mye-verify. Continue reading