Yearly Archives: 2017

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

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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 release. Continue reading

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

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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. Continue reading

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

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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 FTC press release. Continue reading

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 to a report from The Baltimore Sun. Continue reading

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

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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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

California Governor Brown Signs AB 168 to Prohibit Employers from Seeking Salary History of Jobseekers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 12, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several pieces of legislation to improve services and support for women that included Assembly Bill 168 (AB 168) which prohibits employers in the state from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment and requires an employer to provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant upon reasonable request. Continue reading

California Passes Ban the Box Law to Prohibit Private Employers from Asking about Criminal History

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law new “Ban the Box” legislation – Assembly  Bill 1008 (AB 1008) –  to prohibit private employers in the state with five or more employees from inquiring about or considering a job applicant’s conviction history prior to a conditional offer of employment, and sets requirements for consideration of conviction histories in employment decisions. Continue reading

Sonoma County Courts Closed Due to Wildfires in California Wine County

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Last Updated October 19, 2017)

The Superior Court of Sonoma County located in Santa Rosa, California has been closed since Monday, October 9, 2017, due to massive wildfires devastating many parts of the Wine Country north of San Francisco Bay that have burned for over a week with the help of strong winds and dry conditions. The court is expected to be closed until Monday, October 23, 2017. Continue reading

BountyJobs and Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Announce Strategic Partnership

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Leading Provider of Outsourced Talent Acquisition Solutions Partners with Global Leader in Background Screening

Posted By Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

BountyJobs, Inc., provider of the leading recruiting technology platform for collaboration between employers and search firms with over $1.25 billion in placement fees to recruiters, today announced a strategic partnership with leading global background screening firm, Employment Screening Resources (ESR). Continue reading