Employers Face New Background Check Laws and Issues in January 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Many employers in the United States will face several new laws and issues involving the background check process that will ring in the new year of 2016. Brief descriptions of some important background check laws and issues for 2016 that employers should be aware of in order …

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Philadelphia Updates Ban the Box Ordinance to Strengthen Anti-Discrimination Protections for Ex-Offenders

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mayor Michael A. Nutter has signed an update to the Ban the Box legislation known as the Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance and an Executive Order on background checks for City employment to help strengthen anti-discrimination protections for ex-offenders seeking employment in the “City …

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Government Oversight and Enforcement of Accuracy in Background Check Industry to Increase in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn There will be increased governmental oversight and enforcement of the background check industry, with a particular focus on issues involving the accuracy of information contained in background check reports, from federal agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2016. This is the number 1 …

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FCRA Lawsuits Will Continue to Increase in Target Rich Background Screening Environment in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Class action lawsuits involving the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that governs the use of background checks for employment purposes in the United States will continue to increase in 2016 since background screening is a target rich environment even if technical FCRA violations are restricted. This …

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Background Check Industry Will Continue to Both Expand and Consolidate Simultaneously in 2016

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Judging by the number of background check firms being bought and sold in the past few years and the number of new start-ups entering the background check business, the screening industry will continue to both expand and consolidate simultaneously in 2016. This is the number 3 …

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Employers and Human Resources Will Be Bombarded with Meaningless Marketing Buzz around Supposed Disruptive Technology in 2016

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employers and Human Resources (HR) professionals will be bombarded with meaningless marketing buzz offering new HR technology that promises to disrupt stodgy old industries and radically change outdated business models in 2016. However, these new techniques may largely be without substance. This is the number 4 …

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Background Screening Firms, Human Resources, and Employers Will Be Focused on Legal Compliance and Accuracy in 2016

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Due to increased pressure and scrutiny from both the federal government and private attorneys seeking multi-million dollar judgments, background screening firms, human resources (HR) professionals, and employers will be focused on legal compliance and accuracy issues in 2016. This is the number 5 trend selected by …

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Domestic Terrorist Attacks Will Put Social Media Background Checks in the National Spotlight in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Social media background checks that examine online postings by users of popular websites like Facebook and Twitter will be in the national spotlight in 2016 in the United States due to domestic terrorist attacks such as the tragic San Bernardino, California workplace shooting that left 14 people …

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Ban the Box Movement May Reach Tipping Point But Could Also Inadvertently Do More Harm than Good in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The fast spreading Ban the Box movement that removes criminal history questions from job applications and delays such inquiries until later in the hiring process is gaining national acceptance and may reach a tipping point in 2016. However, Ban the Box laws that go too far could …

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Applicant Tracking Solutions Will Review Integrations with Screening Partners to Address Emerging Legal Risks in 2016

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Applicant Tracking Solutions (ATS) operators will review ATS integrations with their background screening partners to address emerging legal risks involving areas such as data breaches and litigation over consent forms in previously accepted processes and revise those integrations accordingly in 2016. This is the number 8 …

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