Study Finds Many Companies Still Not Prepared for GDPR Compliance

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A study released in September of 2019 about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – which took effect on May 25, 2018, to regulate the transferring of personal information from the European Union (EU) – found many companies around the world are still not prepared for GDPR compliance and …

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Court Affirms $54 Million Lawsuit Verdict Over Negligent Hiring of Trucker

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 24, 2019, an Illinois state appellate court affirmed a jury verdict that awarded damages of more than $54 million in a personal injury lawsuit filed against a trucking company over the negligent hiring and retention of a trucker with a “disturbing” driving record who was …

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Expert Warns Using Automated Hiring with AI to Avoid Human Bias is Misguided

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An employment and labor law expert specializing in the ethical governance of workplace technologies warned in a New York Times opinion piece that employers using automated hiring platforms powered by artificial intelligence (AI) in the belief that they are less biased and discriminatory than humans are “misguided.” …

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Waterloo First City in State of Iowa to Join Ban the Box Movement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 7, 2019, Waterloo, Iowa, became the first city in the state to join the “Ban the Box” movement by passing an ordinance that makes asking job applicants about criminal records early in the hiring process an “unlawful discriminatory practice” for employers, according to a report …

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Taking Place in October 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Held every October, the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. The overarching theme of …

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CFPB Releases Report Providing Overview of Background Screening Industry

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 3, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the agency enforcing federal consumer financial laws – announced the release of a report titled “Market Snapshot: Background Screening Reports – Criminal Background Checks in Employment” that provides an overview of companies involved in the background …

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September 2019 Jobs Report Shows U.S. Economy Gained 136,000 Jobs and Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 1969

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The September 2019 jobs report showed the United States economy added 136,000 jobs while the unemployment rate declined to 3.5 percent during the month – the lowest rate since December of 1969 – according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The jobs report …

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2019 Employers Background Screening Survey Ranks Timeliness and Cost as Top Challenges

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The 2019 Employers Background Screening Survey conducted by leading online background screening firm directory PreEmploymentDirectory.com has ranked ‘Timeliness’ and ‘Cost’ as the top challenges employers face with background screening providers, with the “focus on timeliness is likely due to the continuing talent shortage and the need for …

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Family of Woman Murdered during Appliance Delivery Calls for Background Checks on In-Home Service Workers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The family of an elderly woman brutally murdered during an appliance delivery at her home in Boca Raton, Florida, in August of 2019 has called for “state – and possibly federal – legislation to require comprehensive background checks for in-home service workers, as well as continuous monitoring …

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Background Screening Firms Need Access to Dates of Birth in PACER to Ensure Accuracy and Timeliness

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Executive Director of the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) – a non-profit trade group representing the background screening industry – stated in an opinion piece that the “accuracy and timeliness of any background check is dependent on access to personal identifiers like complete date of birth” …

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