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Three Major Credit Reporting Agencies to Implement Enhanced Public Record Data Standards on July 1


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Three major national credit reporting agencies in the United States – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – will implement enhanced public record data standards for consumer credit reports beginning on July 1, 2017, according to a statement from the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA). Continue reading

Wells Fargo Sued by Former Employees Fired Over Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In February of 2017, nearly a dozen former employees of Wells Fargo bank filed a lawsuit in a South Dakota District federal court that claimed they were fired from their jobs for minor criminal charges already disclosed when they were originally hired after Wells Fargo conducted background checks on them to comply with a 2008 federal law that bars “banks and mortgage lenders from employing people convicted of crimes involving dishonesty,” according to a report from Argus Leader Media. Continue reading

Background Check Expert and Author Attorney Lester Rosen to Speak at SHRM 2017 Talent Management Conference


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ will make three presentations at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition taking place in Chicago, Illinois, from April 24 to 26, 2017. For more information, visit Continue reading

CFPB Fines Credit Reporting Agency $3 Million for Deceiving Consumers about Credit Scores


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered one of the nation’s three largest credit reporting agencies, Experian, to pay a civil penalty of $3 million for deceiving consumers about the use of credit scores it sold to them, according to a report on the CFPB website. Continue reading

IRS Offers Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft for 2017


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With the deadline for filing taxes nearing – Tuesday, April 18, 2017, because the usual Tax Day of April 15 falls on a weekend – the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is offering a Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft to help taxpayers combat “tax-related identity theft” that occurs when someone uses a stolen Social Security number (SSN) to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Continue reading

White House FY 2018 Budget Blueprint Invests $15 Million for Mandatory Nationwide Use of E-Verify

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has introduced the first budget submitted by President Donald Trump’s Administration – ‘America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again’ – that invests $15 million to begin implementation of mandatory nationwide use of the E-Verify Program as part of a $44.1 billion net discretionary budget for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Continue reading

NAPBS Survey Reveals Views of HR Professionals on Background Screening

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has commissioned to conduct an unprecedented national survey of 1,528 human resources (HR) professionals to gauge their views on background screening and found that public safety was cited as the number one reason for employers to conduct background screening, according to a memo from the NAPBS about the survey. Continue reading

Court Finds Sending Copy of Background Check and Summary of Rights Satisfies FCRA Pre-Adverse Action Requirements


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Pennsylvania Court has found in the case of Wright v. Lincoln Property Company that an employer who considered rejecting an applicant based on a background check and followed “pre-adverse” action rules under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that requires employers to send applicants a copy of their background checks and a summary of rights under the FCRA prior to taking “adverse action” is only obligated to send the applicant these documents and whether the applicant receives them is irrelevant. Continue reading

CFPB Releases Report Detailing Problems in Credit Reporting Industry

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a special report that details the problems in the credit reporting industry that the CFPB has uncovered and corrected through oversight work and outlines actions the CFPB has taken to address these problems such as fixing data accuracy at credit reporting companies, repairing the broken dispute process, and cleaning up information being reported. Continue reading

California Bill Would Ban the Box from Applications and Delay Criminal History Questions until Job Offer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Legislation introduced in California in February 2017 – Assembly Bill No. 1008 – would “Ban the Box” and prohibit employers in the state from including any question about an applicant’s criminal record on job applications or inquire into the conviction history of an applicant until that applicant has received a conditional offer. In addition, when conducting a criminal background check, the bill prohibits employers from considering, distributing, or disseminating specified information related to prior convictions. Continue reading