FCRA Lawsuits Will Still Target Employers and Background Check Firms Despite Spokeo Ruling in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employers and background check firms will continue to be targeted by class action lawsuits that claim alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in 2020 despite the Supreme Court ruling in Spokeo v. Robins that led some cases to be dismissed, according to the …

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Automated Hiring Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Eliminate Bias Will Remain a Work in Progress in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employers using automated hiring platforms powered by artificial intelligence or (AI) in the belief that they are less biased and discriminatory than humans will discover using such technology in background screening will remain a work in progress in 2020, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check …

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Gig Economy Businesses Will Take Background Checks of On Demand Workers More Seriously in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Gig economy” businesses that provide transportation, housing, repairs, delivery, and many other services on demand through software applications (“apps”) will take background checks of workers more seriously with ongoing monitoring and continuous screening in 2020, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2020 compiled …

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Ban the Box Laws and Second Chance Programs that Help Ex-Offenders Find Work Will Spread in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Ban the Box” laws and second chance programs that help give ex-offenders in the United States with a prior criminal record – an estimated 70 million people or nearly one in three U.S. adults – an opportunity to find work after leaving prison will continue to spread …

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U.S. Government Agencies Will Take Closer Look at Background Screening Industry in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn United States government agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will take a closer look at the background screening industry in 2020, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2020 …

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Equal Pay Discrimination Lawsuits Will Make Employers Focus on Salary History Question Bans in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Several businesses settled equal pay discrimination lawsuits filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for thousands of dollars in 2019 which will cause employers to focus more on salary history question bans that promote equal pay in 2020, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background …

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Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) Will Grow as International Organization in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) – a non-profit trade association representing the background screening industry – will continue to become a more global organization as international background checks become more widespread in 2020, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2020 compiled by …

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Laws that Mitigate Impact of Positive Workplace Drug Test Results for Marijuana Will Spread in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Some U.S. states and cities that legalized or decriminalized marijuana also passed laws that mitigate the negative impact on job applicants that fail workplace drug testing for marijuana despite the fact the drug is still illegal at the federal level and these laws will spread in 2020, …

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Background Screening Industry Will Experience Consolidation and Commoditization in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The consolidation and commoditization of the background screening industry and the attendant issues and problems that occur when background check providers are seen as a commodity instead of a service requiring skills will continue to be experienced in 2020, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check …

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December 2019 Jobs Report Shows U.S. Economy Added 145,000 Jobs in Month

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 145,000 jobs in December 2019 while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.5 percent during the month, according to the jobs report for December 2019 released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The jobs report for December 2019 …

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