Black Friday and Cyber Monday Time for Identity Theft

Identity Theft & Fraud Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Two popular holiday shopping days – “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” – are also popular times for identity theft. A ‘Shop Safe on Back Friday and Cyber Monday’ infographic offers some tips for shoppers to use to protect against identity theft during the holidays. The infographic is available on the IdentityHawk.com website at http://www.identityhawk.com/cyber-monday-black-friday-shopping-identity-theft-infographic. Continue reading

California Courts Closed for Thanksgiving Day Holiday

Court Cases & Closures

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Courts and judicial branch offices will be closed Thursday, November 27, 2014 and Friday, November 28, 2014 in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. For a schedule of court holidays on which the California courts will be closed, visit http://www.courts.ca.gov/holidays.htm. Continue reading

EEOC Issues Performance Report for Fiscal Year 2014

ESR News Blogs about EEOC

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued its annual Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 that ended on September 30, 2014. The PAR report showed the EEOC – the federal agency that enforces laws enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – secured nearly $300 million in monetary relief for victims of employment discrimination. The EEOC FY 2014 PAR is posted on the agency’s website at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/2014par.pdf. Continue reading

Holiday Season Hiring Brings Increased Fraud Risk

Identity Theft & Fraud Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Thanksgiving week signals the official start of the holiday season. Along with turkey, football, presents, and good cheer, the holiday season brings an increase in seasonal hiring. However, fraud experts interviewed for an article posted on InsuranceJournal.com warn that businesses skipping their usual due diligence background checks when hiring to quickly add workers for the holiday season face an increased risk of fraud. The article is available at http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/18/347427.htm. Continue reading

Ban the Box Takes Effect in Rochester NY

Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Ban the Box law in Rochester, New York – Chapter 63, Article II of the City of Rochester Municipal Code – took effect November 18, 2014 and “prohibits employers from inquiring about criminal convictions of job applicants on a job application form or during the initial application process and prior to the end of the first interview,” according to a Ban the Box Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page available at http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589961788. Continue reading

Report Helps Build Fraud Resistant Organizations

Identity Theft & Fraud Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Just in time for International Fraud Awareness Week, which runs from November 16 to 22, a report from The Anti-Fraud Collaboration – ‘The Fraud-Resistant Organization: Tools, Traits, and Techniques to Deter and Detect Financial Reporting Fraud’ – provides information on how financial organizations can become less susceptible to fraud. The 56-page report is available at http://www.thecaq.org/docs/anti-fraud-collaboration-report/the-fraud-resistant-organization.pdf. Continue reading

International Fraud Awareness Week November 16 to 22

Identity Theft & Fraud Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Sponsored by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), International Fraud Awareness Week, which runs from November 16 to 22, 2014, is dedicated to fraud awareness, detection, and prevention and is a global effort to minimize the impact of fraud by promoting anti-fraud awareness and education. For more information about International Fraud Awareness Week – including Fraud Week resources, presentations, anti-fraud tools, and steps to combat fraud – please visit http://www.fraudweek.com/. Continue reading

Free E-Verify Webinars on Employee Rights

E-Verify News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices will jointly present free E-Verify webinars on employee rights in English and Spanish languages  on November 18, 2014 and November 25, 2014 respectively. For information about all free E-Verify webinars, visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/e-verify-webinars/take-free-webinar. Continue reading

Did Britney Spears Boyfriend Undergo Background Check?

Background Check News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Think a background check is only for security clearances or new jobs? Think again. Jamie Spears, the father and co-conservator of star pop singer Britney Spears, has apparently vetted his daughter’s new love interest, Charlie Ebersol, with a background check, according to “webloid” RadarOnline.com. However, GossipCop.com reports the new boyfriend did not undergo a background check while a HuffingtonPost.com story from 2013 supports the RadarOnline.com claim by reporting that a background check was run on a previous boyfriend of Spears. Continue reading

Proposition 47 Reduces Some Felonies to Misdemeanors

Proposition 47 & California Background Check News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A ballot measure passed in California on Election Day – Proposition 47 – The Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act (Initiative 13-0060) – requires misdemeanor sentences instead of felony sentences for certain drug and property offenses and allows criminal offenders who commit “certain non-serious and non-violent drug and property crimes” to have their felony charges reduced to misdemeanors. To learn more about Proposition 47 – which became law the day after the election on November 5, 2014 – please visit http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/propositions/47/. Continue reading