Enforcement of European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Begins May 25

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 25, 2018, enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will begin and the GDPR  will become the primary law regulating the protection of personal data of European Union (EU) citizens. U.S. companies need to comply with the GDPR when performing international background screening in the EU in …

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Petco Reaches $1.2 Million Settlement with Job Applicants in FCRA Background Check Lawsuit

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Petco Animal Supplies Inc. is waiting for preliminary approval of a $1.2 million settlement with two job applicants in a class action lawsuit that claims the company violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) with unlawful background check policies, according to a report on the Top …

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Background Check Expert Speaks at SHRM Talent Conference about Proper Use of Social Media Screening

   Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A background check expert speaking at the 2018 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Talent Conference & Exposition warned using social media to screen job applicants can lead to “a world of privacy and discrimination problems,” according to an article written by SHRM Online Manager/Editor Roy …

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Massachusetts Amends Ban the Box Law Limiting Employer Inquiries into Criminal History of Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 13, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed two laws – An Act Implementing the Joint Recommendations of the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Review and An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform – and also filed a third separate bill, An Act Building on Criminal Justice Reform, …

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Modernized E-Verify System Increases Speed and Accuracy of Employment Eligibility Verification Process

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 23, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – announced that the E-Verify program had modernized its system to improve user experience, reduce errors, and increase the speed and accuracy of the employment eligibility …

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DOJ Survey of State Criminal Record Repositories Shows Records Not Always Accurate and Complete

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – which is responsible for enforcement of law and administration of justice in the United States – has released its latest Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems that “includes some disturbing facts on the currency and accuracy of records,” according to …

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Forsyth County in North Carolina Joins Ban the Box Movement with Fair Chance Employment Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 12, 2018, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina voted unanimously to join the “Ban the Box” movement by removing the question “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” from county job applications effective immediately, according to a report by the Winston-Salem …

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E-Verify and myE-Verify Temporarily Unavailable from April 20 to April 22 Due to System Enhancements

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – has announced that the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system and myE-Verify will be temporarily unavailable from April 20, 2018, at 9:00 p.m. to April 22, 2018, at …

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Uber Strengthens Background Checks on Drivers to Show Company is Serious about Safety

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 12, 2018, transportation network company (TNC) Uber announced it would increase due diligence to strengthen the background checks conducted on its drivers to ensure they “continue to meet our standards on an ongoing basis,” according to a blog posted on the Uber website.

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Explains How Putting People Over Profit Helps Background Check Process in DealCrunch Blog

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 17, 2018, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – was profiled in a blog on DealCrunch.com’s Industry Crunch that revealed the company lives by the mantra of “Put People Over Profit,” according to ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick.

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