Yearly Archives: 2017

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


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

Job Search Site Will Not Post Jobs from Employers that Discriminate against People with Criminal Backgrounds

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 4, 2017, job search website Glassdoor announced that it has “doubled down on its commitment to giving those with a criminal record a fair chance” by updating its Terms of Use to prevent employers from posting jobs that violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Enforcement Guidance on the use of criminal records of applicants by employers in employment decisions. Continue reading

CPUC Proposal Requires Ride-Sharing Companies in California to Use NAPBS Accredited Background Check Firms

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 4, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposal to strengthen the criminal background checks for transportation network company (TNC) drivers that would require background check companies that ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft use to screen their drivers to be accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Continue reading

Webinar Examines Social Media and Background Screening on October 18

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of global background firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), and Dawn Standerwick, ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth, will co-present a complimentary webinar entitled “Social Media and Background Screening: If It’s On the Internet, Isn’t it Fair Game?” as part of the Coffee Break Webinar Series from leading HR and payroll technology provider Paycor on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. ET. To register for the event, click here. Continue reading

U.S. Economy Loses 33,000 Jobs in September 2017 Due to Impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy lost 33,000 jobs in September 2017 due to the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey while the unemployment rate declined to 4.2 percent during the month, according to the Employment Situation released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

EEOC Sues Con Edison for Allegedly Requiring Job Applicants to Submit to Medical Exams and Provide Genetic Information

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 27, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – filed a complaint against Consolidated Edison Inc. (Con Edison or Con Ed) that “accused the utility of improperly requiring job applicants to submit to medical examinations and provide genetic information of family members before being hired,” according to a report from Reuters. Continue reading

Forensic Investigation of Equifax Data Breach Reveals 2.5 Million More Americans May Be Impacted


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Credit reporting agency Equifax Inc. has announced that a forensic investigation of the massive data breach incident first disclosed on September 7, 2017, that impacted approximately 143 million Americans – almost half of the country –  revealed the impact may potentially reach 2.5 million more Americans. Continue reading

Tree Trimming Company to Pay Record $95 Million Fine for Unlawful Employment of Illegal Workers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 28, 2017, Asplundh Tree Experts, Co. – one of the largest privately-held companies in the United States – was sentenced to pay a forfeiture money judgment of $80,000,000.00 and an additional $15,000,000.00 to satisfy civil claims arising out of their failure to comply with U.S. immigration law by unlawfully employing illegal workers, according to a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ). Continue reading