FTC Testifies Before Senate Committee that Enforcement of FCRA Remains a Top Priority

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 12, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a U.S. government agency promoting consumer protection – testified before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee that “vigorous” enforcement of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) remains a top priority and outlined efforts to educate …

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Uber Begins Performing Continuous Background Checks on Drivers in U.S.

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Transportation network company (TNC) Uber is performing continuous background checks on some of its drivers in the United States in an effort to improve safety for its riders after a CNN investigation found more than 100 Uber drivers were accused of sexual assault in the past four …

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FBI to Add National Data Exchange System to National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is planning to add the National Data Exchange (N-DEx) System to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) used to screen gun buyers in the U.S. to fix a flaw in the system that enabled convicted murderer Dylann Roof to …

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Report Finds More than One Out of Four Formerly Incarcerated Ex-Offenders are Unemployed

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Prison Policy Initiative has released a report entitled “Out of Prison & Out of Work” that calculates the unemployment rate for formerly incarcerated ex-offenders to be 27 percent, meaning that more than one out of four people who served time in prison and were released are …

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Hawaii Prohibits Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary History

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 5, 2018, Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige signed Senate Bill 2351 (SB 2351) into law which prohibits prospective employers in the state from requesting or considering the wage or salary history of job applicants as part of an employment application process or compensation offer. SB …

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Background Check Firms Help Employers Navigate Regulations when Screening Job Candidates

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Background check firms are focused on making candidate screening – sometimes considered the most stressful aspect of the recruiting process – as painless as possible, according to a background check expert interviewed in the ‘Sector Report: Navigating the Patchwork of Screening Regulations’ available on Workforce.com.

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FTC Announces Company Settling Charges of Falsely Claiming Participation in EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 2, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a company agreed to settle charges of falsely claiming to comply with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework which allows the transfer of consumer data from European Union (EU) countries to the United States (U.S.), according to …

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FINRA Launches Enhanced Process for Financial Background Checks of Brokers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Beginning on July 9, 2018, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) started to perform financial background checks that include a public records review within 15 calendar days after a firm applies to register an individual with FINRA to enhance the quality of information about individual brokers available …

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Westchester County NY Ban on Salary History Questions by Employers Takes Effect on July 9

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 10, 2018 – Equal Pay Day – Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed the Wage History Anti-Discrimination Law to ban employers from asking about the salary history of applicants on applications or during interviews to prevent the perpetuation of the gender wage gap. The law …

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June 2018 Employment Situation Report Shows U.S. Economy Added 213,000 Jobs During Month

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 213,000 jobs in June 2018 while the unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent during the month, according to the Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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