New Alabama Expungement Law Allows Clearing of Arrest Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A new Alabama expungement law that took effect July 7, 2014 allows residents who have been arrested – but not convicted – of a crime an opportunity to clear their arrest record and have the charge “deemed never to have occurred,” according to a report on the …

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July 2014 ADP Report Shows Gain of 218000 Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Private sector employment in the United States increased by 218,000 jobs from June to July, according to the July 2014 ADP National Employment Report® produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®) in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The report is available at http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2014/July/NER/NER-July-2014.aspx.

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San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect August 13

Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) The San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance – also known as the Ban the Box Ordinance – will take effect Wednesday, August 13, 2014. This Ordinance will require employers with San Francisco City or County offices and worksites who have 20 or more …

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Florida Law Firm Files Three Class Action Lawsuits on Same Day against Employers Alleging Violation of FCRA with Background Checks

Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) A Florida law firm filed federal class action lawsuits in the same court against three separate national employers on the same day, with two of them naming the same consumer as the lead plaintiff, alleging violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting …

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OOIDA Members Lawsuit Challenges FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Six members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) have filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in Boston, MA against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) under the Federal Privacy Act, according to a press release from OOIDA. The lawsuit charges that the FMCSA …

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Background Checks Not Required at Carnivals and Fairs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Oregon and Washington – along with the federal government – do not require carnivals and fairs to run criminal background checks on employees who work around children and sometimes even handle them, according to a report by the KATU Channel 2 On Your Side Investigators in Portland, …

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E-Verify Can Help Employers Ensure Legal Workforces

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn After more than 100 workers were accused of providing fake identification to get their jobs at a Florida business, employers wanting to avoid a similar situation may consider using the federal E-Verify employment eligibility system to ensure a legal workforce, according to a report from WZVN-TV ABC7 …

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Illinois Governor Signs Ban the Box Legislation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed “Ban the Box” legislation – HB 5701 (Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act) – that will help ex-offenders find work in the private sector by preventing criminal background checks until after an applicant is deemed qualified for a job. The law …

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DHS Questioned about Contract to Background Check Firm

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) have written a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson asking for an explanation about the awarding of a $190 million contract to a background check firm accused of “alleged fraudulent activity” with investigations in …

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