Fair Chance Act to Ban the Box for Federal Government Passes House of Representatives

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 12, 2019, a bill authored by United States Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) called the Fair Chance Act that would “Ban the Box” and give formerly incarcerated individuals a better chance at finding employment was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives …

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Toledo OH Passes Pay Equity Act to Prohibit Salary History Inquiries by Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 26, 2019, the City of Toledo, Ohio approved Ordinance 173-19 or the “Pay Equity Act to Prohibit the Inquiry and Use of Salary History in Hiring Practices in the City of Toledo” to prohibit employers from inquiring about the past salary history of job applicants …

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Decision to Perform Background Checks Should Be a No-Brainer for Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A safe hiring expert commenting on a report from the Indianapolis Star about a former employee of the Indiana Pacers who worked for the team “despite previously being convicted of raping a teenager” said the decision of whether or not employers should conduct background checks on job …

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Bill to Restrict Use of Credit Checks by Employers Passed by House Financial Services Committee

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 11, 2019, the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services – which oversees the nation’s housing and financial services sectors – passed “H.R. 3614, the Restricting Use of Credit Checks for Employment Decisions Act” which will ban the use of credit information for most employment decisions …

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Synthetic Identity Theft is Fastest Growing Financial Crime in United States

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Synthetic identity theft” – where fraudsters create new identities by combining real and fabricated personal data – is the fastest growing type of financial crime in the United States that is difficult to detect and often unreported, according to a white paper from the U.S. Federal Reserve. …

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FTC Reaches Settlement with Background Screening Firm Over False Claim of Privacy Shield Participation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In June 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a government agency that protects consumers and promotes competition – reached a settlement with a background screening company over an alleged false claim of being a participant in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program and also sent warning letters …

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Madison Square Garden to Pay $1.3 Million to Settle Class Action Lawsuit Over Background Check Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Madison Square Garden has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed the arena “imposed too strict of requirements for criminal disclosures that had a disparate impact on minority applicants,” according to a report from the Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor. Consumer …

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Dunkin’ Sues Franchisees for Failure to Use E-Verify to Determine Work Eligibility of Employees

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In June of 2019, coffee and doughnut franchise Dunkin’ sued several franchisees in federal court for failure to use the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program “to properly determine their employees’ eligibility to work in the U.S.,” according to a report from Restaurant Business. Restaurant Business reports that …

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Background Check Expert to Present Webinar on Screening Applicants Using Social Networking Sites

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of leading global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar with Lorman Education Services entitled “Screening Applicants Using Social Networking Sites: Legal or Liability?” from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard …

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Macy’s Faces Lawsuit for Alleged Discrimination Against Employee Fired for Having a Criminal Record

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Macy’s, Inc. is facing a class action lawsuit for alleged discrimination against job applicants and employees with criminal records and violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), and the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act …

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