NAPBS Announces Record Breaking Attendance of Background Screening Professionals at 2017 Annual Conference

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – a non-profit trade association representing background screening organizations – has announced that a record-breaking 817 background screening professionals attended the 2017 NAPBS Annual Conference held in Orlando, Florida from September 17 to 19, 2017.

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Three Companies Agree to Settle FTC Charges Over False Claims of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Participation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Three companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they misled consumers about their participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and European Commission to allow companies to transfer consumer data from the European Union (EU) to the …

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New York Proposes Regulations for Credit Reporting Agencies in Response to Equifax Data Breach

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In response to the massive Equifax data breach that exposed the personal data of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers – almost half the country – Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) to issue a proposed regulation that would require credit reporting agencies …

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Starbucks Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged FCRA Violations during Applicant Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A class action complaint filed in a federal court in Georgia against Starbucks Corporation claims the coffeehouse chain allegedly violated required provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by not giving job applicants the chance to correct inaccurate information on their background check reports.

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Completes Annual EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Re-Certification

Written By Employment Screening Resources© (ESR) Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area – has received notification from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) that ESR’s annual submission for its self-certification of adherence to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework has been finalized and …

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Survey Finds Only One in Five HR Professionals Confident in Ability of Employers to Assess Applicant Skills when Screening

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Only one in five Human Resource (HR) professionals are “fully confident” in the overall ability of their employers to “effectively assess the skills of entry-level applicants” when screening new hires despite the fact that most of these applicants possess many of the important skills employers value, according to a …

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Employers Must Learn How to Handle Employees with Extreme or Unpopular Political Views

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 that left one person dead, several people injured, and some participants fired from their jobs as a result has brought to light “the question of how employers should handle the employment of workers who may hold extreme, unpopular, or …

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More than Eight Out of Ten Employers Find Resume Fraud

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A benchmark study on employment background screening revealed more than eight out of ten employers – a whopping 85 percent – found resume fraud that includes “embellishments or outright lies on job applicant resumes in the last year,” according to a bulletin from SharedHR.

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Former Partner at Wolf of Wall Street Firm Now CEO of Job Board Helping Ex-Offenders Find Work

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A former partner at the notorious brokerage house Stratton Oakmont that was profiled – some might even say glorified – in the 2013 film “The Wolf of Wall Street” who ended up serving 22 months of jail time for securities fraud is now the founder and CEO of …

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FREE Act Would Give Consumers Control Over Credit Information in Wake of Equifax Data Breach

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 15, 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Freedom from Equifax Exploitation (FREE) Act to give consumers control over their credit information in the wake of the massive Equifax data breach that compromised the personal data of as many as 143 million …

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