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Thomas Ahearn is the ESR News Blog Editor. Please email comments & questions to tahearn@esrcheck.com.

Mandatory Nationwide Use of E-Verify Included in White House Budget for DHS

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The White House Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget that requests $44.1 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also calls for “expanding worksite enforcement strategies by mandating nationwide use of the E-Verify system” to reduce illegal employment, according to the DHS FY 2018 Budget in Brief. Continue reading

White House Budget for FY 2018 Includes Proposal to Merge OFCCP into EEOC

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 23, 2017, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its proposed BUDGET OF THE U. S. GOVERNMENT: A New Foundation For American Greatness for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 that included in the Appendix of the proposed Department of Labor (DOL) budget a proposal to merge the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) into the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to create “one agency to combat employment discrimination.” Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Creates Infographic to Help Employers Comply with California FEHC Criminal History Regulations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global background check firm headquartered in the San Francisco, CA-area – has created an infographic to help employers comply with the “California Fair Employment & Housing Council’s (FEHC) Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions Regulations” that take effect on July 1, 2017. The infographic for the new FEHC regulations on criminal history is available at www.esrcheck.com/California-FEHC-Criminal-History-Regulations-Infographic/Continue reading

FTC Shares Tips on How to Avoid Ransomware Attacks Such as WannaCry

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a blog entitled ‘Ransomware worries? Keep up to date’ that shares tips on how to avoid ransomware attacks such as WannaCry that affected the computer systems of organizations around the world in May 2017, and suggests people update their own operating systems and other software and keep them up to date. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Host Webinar about EEOC Criminal Record Guidance

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will host a webinar with Aurora Training Advantage to help employers to comply with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance entitled “EEOC Criminal Records Update” on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT. Continue reading

EEOC Discrimination Charge Filed Against Department Store Chain Over Criminal Background Check Policies and Practices

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 15, 2017, employment law firm Outten & Golden LLP filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge on behalf of The Fortune Society against Macy’s, Inc. claiming “the retailer’s criminal background check policies and practices used to screen job applicants results in discrimination in violation of federal and local laws,” according to a press release from Outten & Golden LLP. Continue reading

Appeals Court Finds No Concrete Injury in FCRA Lawsuit Over Incorrect Information on Credit Report

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided in Dreher v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc., et al that the plaintiff’s claim that Experian violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by listing a defunct company on his credit report – thus denying him access to information to which he was entitled – failed to establish a “concrete injury” under Article III of the U.S. Constitution. Continue reading

Inaccurate Background Check Leads Applicant to File Class Action Lawsuit against Prospective Employer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Booneville, Indiana woman who was shocked to learn she would not be hired for a nursing job when an employment background check report revealed that she had “multiple felonies” – even though she insists she has “a squeaky clean criminal record” – has filed a class action lawsuit against her prospective employer that requested the background check, according to a story from The Indianapolis Star. Continue reading

State Department Publishes Notice in Federal Register Proposing to Expand Social Media Screening of Visa Applicants

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of State published a notice in the Federal Register requesting emergency approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to expand the collection of information though social media screening of some visa applicants by requiring them to divulge their social media “handles” such as identifiers and platforms from the past five years. If approved, the rule takes effect May 18, 2017. Continue reading

Security Experts Call WannaCry Ransomware Attack One of the Largest Global Cyberattacks Ever

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Security experts are calling “WannaCry” (also known as “WannaCrypt”) one of the biggest cyberattacks ever after the ransomware program took advantage of a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows to spread to 150 countries and infect at least 200,000 computers around the world by locking down all files and allowing hackers to demand a $300 ransom in bitcoins for their release, according to a report from CNN. Continue reading