Spokane County Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Prohibit Questions about Criminal History of Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Spokane County Board of Commissioners has voted to Ban the Box and will “remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications” to give applicants seeking employment with Spokane Country, Washington a fair chance, according to a report from The Spokesman-Review.

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Woman Who Used Resume Fraud to Work in Hospital Shows Importance of Education and Employment Verifications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A woman who admitted in court that she lied about her credentials and experience on her resume to work as a nurse at a St. Louis, Missouri hospital for months and teach nursing at a New Mexico college shows the importance of education and employment verifications when background screening …

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ICE May Quadruple Worksite Enforcement Actions Next Year to Better Enforce Immigration Laws

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan has indicated he instructed the investigative unit of ICE, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), to potentially quadruple worksite enforcement actions next year while speaking at an event focused on enforcing immigration laws and strengthening border security, according a video recording …

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FTC and ED to Host Workshop to Explore Privacy Issues Related to Education Technology

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Education (ED) will co-host an workshop on “Student Privacy and Ed Tech”  on December 1, 2017, to examine how the FTC’s Rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to schools and intersects with the Family Educational …

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First Annual Review of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Shows Data Protected but Also Makes Recommendations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 18, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published its report on the first annual review of the EU- U.S. Privacy Shield that protects personal data of people in the European Union (EU) transferred to companies in the United States (U.S.) for commercial purposes, according to a press …

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Judge Dismisses FCRA Lawsuit Against Home Depot Citing Supreme Court Decision in Spokeo Case

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 18, 2017, a California federal judge granted a Motion to Dismiss a proposed class action lawsuit against Home Depot that claimed the retailer violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to make proper disclosures and failing to obtain proper authorization when screening.

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FTC to Host Informational Injury Workshop to Examine Injuries Suffered when Consumer Information Misused

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s primary federal privacy and data security enforcement agency – has announced that it will host a “Informational Injury Workshop” in order to examine questions about injuries consumers suffer when their information is misused on December 12, 2017, according to an …

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Suspect in Shootings at Maryland Business had History of Workplace Violence

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The man suspected of killing three of his co-workers and wounding two others at a business in Maryland on October 18, 2017, and then driving to Delaware to shoot a sixth person on the same day, had a history of workplace violence and a long criminal record, according …

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FCRA Consumer Litigation Filings Increased Nearly 60 Percent Over Previous Month in September 2017

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Consumer litigation filings under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) increased by nearly 60 percent in in September 2017 over the previous month, an increase that “keeps it in line with the aggressive growth in recent years,” according to litigation statistics reported by WebRecon LLC.

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California Governor Brown Signs SB 312 Authorizing Courts to Seal Juvenile Records for Certain Offenses

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 11, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several pieces of criminal justice reform legislation that included Senate Bill 312 (SB 312) which is supposed to improve the state’s juvenile justice systems by authorizing courts to seal juvenile records for certain offenses.

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