GAO Calls for Review of Background Checks Contractor

Government Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called for a review of a contract worth nearly $200 million awarded to a contractor of background checks and recommended the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) consider stripping the contract from a unit of the firm due to fraud allegations against the parent company, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal available online at http://online.wsj.com/articles/gao-recommends-government-strip-background-check-work-from-contractor-1413842400. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Speak at Recruiting Trends Conference

ESR News Blog

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Legal Pitfalls & Minefields in the New Age of Recruiting’ at the Recruiting Trends Conference at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 2:30 PM to 3:20 PM Pacific Time. To learn more, visit http://www.recruitingtrends.com/conference. Continue reading

Dollar General Settles FCRA Lawsuit for $4 Million

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in Virginia federal court against discount retail chain Dollar General for alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that claimed job applicants were sent outdated notices that a background check was performed will be settled for $4 million, according to a report from TopClassActions.com available at http://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/42336-dollar-general-4m-background-checks-settlement-reached/. Continue reading

E-Verify Receives High Scores in User Survey

E-Verify News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the Findings of the E-Verify User Survey of nearly 3,000 randomly sampled E-Verify employers conducted by Westat to assess their satisfaction with the program. For more information about E-Verify Program Reports, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/about-program/e-verify-program-reports. Continue reading

City of St. Louis Decides to Ban the Box

Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective immediately, the City of St. Louis will Ban the Box on job applications for employment with the City so they will no longer require job applicants to check a box if they have a felony conviction, according to a press release from the Office of the Mayor Francis Slay available at http://themissouritimes.com/14275/press-release-city-st-louis-bans-box-job-applications/. Continue reading

LinkedIn Class Action Lawsuit Alleges FCRA Violations

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed against LinkedIn Corp. alleges that the world’s largest web-based professional network violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) through a “search for references” feature that allows employers to obtain information about job applicants, according to a report from TopClassActions.com available at http://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/41915-class-action-lawsuit-takes-issue-linkedin-reference-reports/. Continue reading

California Courts Closed Monday for Columbus Day

Court Cases

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Courts and judicial branch offices will be closed Monday, October 13, 2014 in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. For a schedule that lists the holidays on which the California courts will be closed, please visit http://www.courts.ca.gov/holidays.htm. Continue reading

Roanoke VA Will Ban the Box

Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City of Roanoke, Virginia has agreed to Ban the Box and will implement a policy to remove the question about the criminal history of job applicants from initial applications for most job openings with the city “by January of next year,” according to a report from WDBJ7 available at http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/city-of-roanoke-agrees-to-ban-the-box/29039640. Continue reading

Atlanta City Council Passes Ban the Box Ordinance

Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Atlanta City Council has passed a Ban the Box ordinance – named for the box on applications that applicants check if they have criminal records – to eliminate discrimination against City of Atlanta job applicants who are ex-offenders. A report from AtlantaDailyWorld.com about the Ban the Box ordinance is at http://atlantadailyworld.com/2014/10/06/atlanta-city-council-approves-ban-the-box-legislation. Continue reading

E-Verify Ten-Year-Old Record Disposal Begins January 1, 2015

E-Verify News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On January 1, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin disposing of E-Verify records over 10 years old in accordance with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) records retention and disposal requirements (N 1-566-08-7) that mandate the disposal of E-Verify records after 10 years. For more information, read the USCIS Fact Sheet ‘E-Verify Records Retention and Disposal’ available at http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Verification/E-Verify/E-Verify_Native_Documents/Fact-Sheet-E-Verify-NARA.pdf. Continue reading