Audit Finds Massachusetts Failed to Perform Background Checks for Licensure

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An “Audit of the Division of Professional Licensure (DPL)” by the Office of the State Auditor in Massachusetts showed that the inadequacy and unreliability of DPL’s data meant that neither the agency nor the Auditor’s Office could determine how many professionals were licensed without undergoing the required …

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CFPB Rescinds Policy Statement for Prohibition on Abusive Acts or Practices

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 11, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – a government agency that empowers consumers to take more control over their economic lives – announced it was rescinding its January 24, 2020, “Statement of Policy Regarding Prohibition on Abusive Acts or Practices” to better protect …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Reviews Accomplishments in 2020

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) As the challenging year of 2020 draws to a close, leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) is reviewing its accomplishments during the year – including being ranked the number one background screening firm – while working to ensure continued success in 2021. Highlights from 2020 included: …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) to Release Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check provider – will release the 14th annual “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2021 that feature emerging and influential trends in the background screening industry. The list of the top background check trends will be made …

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Fatal Work Injuries in United States Reached 12-Year High in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In December 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported there were 5,333 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2019 using data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), a 2 percent increase from the 5,250 in 2018 and the largest annual …

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DHS Extends Flexible Form I-9 Rules Due to Coronavirus Until January 31, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend the flexibility in complying with rules for Form I-9 compliance due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – set to expire on December 31, 2020 – until January 31, 2021, …

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What Information Would Appear on a Background Check of Santa Claus?

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (In the Spirit of the Holiday Season) Just in time for Christmas, global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) investigated what information might appear on a background check of Santa Claus. Here is what ESR discovered about his appearance, criminal history, alias names, work/address/driving history, personal …

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Background Check Expert Participates in Marketplace Risk Masters Program

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), participated in the Marketplace Risk Masters Program that included the webinar “Why Background Checks are More than Just an Added Cost – Moving Towards Building Trust in the Trust Economy” that he presented …

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City of St. Louis MO “Ban the Box” Ordinance Takes Effect January 1, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 1, 2021, a “Ban the Box” law passed by the City of St. Louis, Missouri – Ordinance 71074 – will take effect for employers in St. Louis with ten or more employees to prohibit them from basing job hiring or promotion decisions on the criminal …

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Court Holds CRA Complied with FCRA “Maximum Possible Accuracy” Standard

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 4, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) that provided consumer reports about job applicants complied with the “maximum possible accuracy” standard required by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that regulates background checks …

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