FCRA Lawsuits Increased by Nearly 35 Percent in June 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Lawsuits involving the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) increased by nearly 35 percent in June 2016 over May 2016, according to the latest Debt Collection Litigation and Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) Complaint Statistics Report from WebRecon LLC.

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New EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework for Data Protection Launches August 1

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and European Commission to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic that transfer personal data from the European Union (EU) to the United States (U.S.) with a mechanism to comply with EU data …

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Michigan Courthouse Shooter with Criminal Record Passed Background Checks as School Volunteer

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In a story that shows “how” background checks are performed is just as important as “if” they are performed, an inmate who shot and killed two bailiffs and wounded two others during an escape attempt at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan on July 11, …

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Tompkins County NY Votes to Ban the Box on Job Applications

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In July of 2016, legislators in Tompkins County, New York unanimously voted to Ban the Box and remove the criminal conviction question from job applications and leave such inquiries for later in the hiring process after a conditional job offer is made by employers, according to …

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FBI Sued Over Background Check Error Related to Charleston Church Shooting

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The families of nine victims killed in the June 2015 shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, are suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over a background check error that supposedly allowed the alleged shooter to purchase his gun, according to a story in The …

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FBI Fingerprinting Background Checks of Uber Drivers Central Theme of Regulatory Battle

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The use of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) database and state criminal history repositories that require fingerprinting “are now a central theme of the regulatory battle” for regulation of drivers for the on-demand ride-hailing service provider Uber, according to a blog on The Huffington Post website.

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OSHA Electronic Accident Reporting Rule Could Affect Post-Injury Drug Testing by Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Final Rule in the Federal Register requiring certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data to OSHA that they must keep under existing OSHA regulations. The rule also states that “OSHA believes the …

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DOJ Significantly Increases Fines for Form I-9 Violations

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register that will significantly increase fines for Form I-9 violations that include incorrect Form I-9 paperwork, unlawful employment of unauthorized workers, and unfair immigration-related employment practices.

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Course Teaches Employers How to Properly Use Criminal Records for Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will teach a course with Compliance World entitled “Employers – Your Use of Criminal Records Could Get You Sued” on Thursday, July 28, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. to …

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New Philadelphia Law Prohibits Employers from Using Credit Information of Employees and Job Applicants

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Philadelphia (PA) Ordinance No. 160072 that took effect on July 7, 2016, amends Chapter 9-1100 of The Philadelphia Code entitled “Fair Practices Ordinance: Protections Against Unlawful Discrimination,” by adding a section that prohibits employers from obtaining or using credit information regarding employees and job applicants …

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