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New Jersey Governor Announces Bipartisan Agreement on Three New Expungement Reform Bills  


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has announced a bipartisan agreement on three new expungement reform bills that will prohibit employment discrimination based upon expunged criminal records, increase the number of convictions that can be expunged while accelerating expungements, and reduce the waiting period to expunge an entire juvenile record, according to a press release on the Governor’s website. Continue reading

Judge Grants CFPB Petition Enforcing Demand for Information from Public Records Company

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal judge in Texas has ordered a company located in the state that compiles public records to turn over information requested in a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as part of a nonpublic investigation to determine whether consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) are violating the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Continue reading

Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 Prohibits Employers from Screening Applicants Based on Salary History


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On June 1, 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 (HB 2005) which will prohibit employers from screening job applicants based on past or current salary history or seeking information about past or current salary history from job applicants before making them an offer of employment that includes an amount of compensation. Continue reading

Burger Chain Faces FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Over Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A potential class action lawsuit brought by a former employee against Five Guys claims the popular burger chain violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and California labor law by conducting background checks on employees without properly notifying them, according to a report from Continue reading

Harvard Rescinds Admission Offers for Several Students Over Offensive Social Media Postings


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Harvard University has rescinded admission offers for at least ten students who would have been part of the Class of 2021 for their “offensive” social media postings after they “traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat,” according to a report from The Harvard Crimson. Continue reading

Measuring Past Performance When Hiring Can Create Accurate Outlook for Potential Future Success


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

While some businesses believe an applicant’s potential for future success is more important than their past experience when hiring, a background check expert explains that “measures of past performance can create an accurate outlook for future performance,” according to the article entitled “What’s More Important When Hiring: Future Potential or Past Performance?” posted on the Talent Economy website. Continue reading

OSHA Designates Inaugural Safe and Sound Week to Raise Awareness of Workplace Safety and Health Programs

OSHA Safe and Sound Week

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has designated June 12 to 18, 2017, as the inaugural “Safe + Sound Week” to raise awareness of the value and importance of workplace safety and health programs. More information about Safe + Sound Week is at Continue reading

May Jobs Report Shows 138,000 Jobs Added and Unemployment at Lowest Level Since 2001

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 138,000 jobs in May 2017 while the unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent – its lowest level since 2001 – according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation report. Continue reading

Consumer Files Lawsuit Claiming Credit Reporting Agencies Failed to Remove Dispute Language from Credit Report


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 23, 2017, a consumer filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana against two of the three major credit reporting agencies claiming “she was damaged because her credit report was not updated per her request,” according to a report from the Louisiana Record. Continue reading

Target Settles Credit Card Data Breach Case for $18.5 Million


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced a record $18.5 million multi-state settlement with Target, Inc. in response to allegations that more than 40 million customers had their payment card information compromised from a data breach during the 2013 holiday season after the retailer failed to provide reasonable data security, according to a press release on the Attorney General’s website. Continue reading