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

Sarasota FL Adopts Ban the Box Policy for City Hiring

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City of Sarasota, Florida has joined the fast growing “Ban the Box” movement and adopted a policy that voluntarily removes the box on city employment applications that job applicants are asked to check if they have any past criminal convictions, according to a press release on city’s website. Continue reading

HUD Releases Guidance on Use of Criminal Records by Housing Providers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of General Counsel has released ‘Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions’ to show how The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of dwellings and in other housing-related activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. The HUD Guidance is available here. Continue reading

Supreme Court Rules in Spokeo Case on Whether Consumers Must Prove Concrete Injury in Class Action Lawsuits

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On Monday, May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled in the case of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins (Docket No. 13-1339) that consumers must prove “concrete injury” in class action lawsuits for alleged “bare” violations of a federal statute. The SCOTUS ruling sent the case back to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stating its Article III standing analysis in a February 4, 2014 decision to reverse a dismissal of the case was incomplete because the Ninth Circuit “failed to consider both aspects of the Article III injury-in-fact requirement.” Continue reading

Webinar Examines Explosion of FCRA Lawsuits against Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With class action suits against employers who conduct background checks on job applicants mushrooming, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will host a live webinar with Compliance World entitled “The Explosion of Lawsuits against Employers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) – Traps and Pitfalls to Avoid” on Friday, May 20, 2016, at 2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT. To register for this webinar, click here. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Explains the FCRA and Background Checks in Webinar

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar for Compliance Online entitled “The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Background Checks” on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT. To register, please visit http://www.complianceonline.com/federal-fair-credit-reporting-act-background-checks-pre-screening-and-investigation-webinar-training-704456-prdw. Continue reading

Vermont Passes Ban the Box Law for Both State and Private Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed into law a bill – H.261 – that will “Ban the Box” and remove questions about criminal records from initial job applications for both state and private employment in Vermont, according to a press release on the Governor’s website. Continue reading

FTC Releases New Guidance for Employment Background Screening Companies to Help with FCRA Compliance

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Breaking News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released new guidance for companies in the business of compiling background information for employment purposes called “What Employment Background Screening Companies Need to Know About the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)” in order to help these companies understand when their work defines them as a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) under the FCRA. Continue reading

Judge Rules Women Can Sue Uber Over Alleged Sexual Assaults

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A San Francisco federal judge has ruled that two women may continue their lawsuit against Uber Technologies, Inc. for two alleged sexual assaults committed by Uber drivers even though the transportation network company claims they are not liable for the actions of drivers since they are independent contractors and not employees, according to a report on SiliconBeat.com. Continue reading

Georgia Governor Signs SB 367 to Advance Criminal Justice Reforms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law Senate Bill 367 (SB 367) to advance comprehensive reform for offenders entering, proceeding through, and leaving the criminal justice system to promote their successful reentry into society, benefit the public, and enact reforms recommended by the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform, according to a press release on the Office of the Governor’s website. Continue reading