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EU-US Privacy Shield Framework Text Now Available on Department of Commerce Website


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The full text of the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework issued by the European Commission to govern data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) while providing a set of robust and enforceable protections for the personal data of EU individuals is now publicly available on the U.S. Department of Commerce website at Continue reading

Austin TX to Ban the Box for Most Private Employers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Austin City Council has passed Ban the Box legislation to give people with criminal records a fair chance to find work by prohibiting most private employers in the City from conducting a background check into the criminal history of job applicants until after a conditional job offer is made to them. Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Present Workshop on Reference Checks and Education Verification


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a workshop with TrainHR entitled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Monday, April 4, 2016, starting at 10:00 AM PDT / 01:00 PM EDT. To register for the event, click here. Continue reading

Study Finds Bans on Credit Checks by Employers May Lead to More Unemployment for Some Applicants


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A study of bans on credit checks by employers meant to help job applicants with bad credit find work revealed that people with mid-to-low credit scores, those under 22 years old, and – most surprisingly – African-Americans, were more likely to be unemployed as a result of these laws. Continue reading

Company to Pay $3.1 Million for Illegally Offshoring Personal Data and Risking Privacy of Millions of Americans


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A New York-based company awarded a contract by the state to digitize files holding fingerprint records and personal information collected from 22 million people has agreed to pay $3.1 million in penalties and fees for unlawfully outsourcing and “offshoring” the work overseas to India and risking the privacy of millions of people, according to a report from The New York Times. Continue reading

EEOC Issues Fact Sheet to Help Small Business Owners Prevent Discrimination


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the federal agency that enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has issued a one-page fact sheet entitled “Preventing Discrimination is Good Business” to help small business owners understand their responsibilities under the federal employment anti-discrimination laws. Continue reading

Chattanooga Police Dealing with Backlog of 23,000 Expunged Criminal Records that Could Affect Background Checks and Hiring


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Chattanooga, Tennessee Police Department is working to process a backlog of at least 23,000 orders for expunged criminal files, where a legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is sealed and erased in the eyes of the law, which could affect the hiring of job seekers with criminal records that undergo background checks, according to a report from the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Host Webinar on Background Checks and Negligent Hiring


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will host a webinar for Clear Law Institute entitled “Background Checks, Negligent Hiring, and Legal Compliance” on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. Noon to 1:15 p.m. PST. To register for the event, please visit Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Negligent Hiring by Hospital Put Thousands of Patients at Risk


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in a Colorado Federal Court claims a hospital put thousands of its patients at risk through the negligent hiring of a surgical technologist who potentially exposed them to viruses such as HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C, according to the Denver Post. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources’ Dawn Standerwick Accepts Position on HR Tech Alliances Advisory Board



Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global provider of background screening services, announced today that Dawn Standerwick, ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth, has accepted her nomination to become a member of the Advisory Board of HR Tech Alliances, a global HR portal designed to foster collaboration, strategic partnerships, and alliances in the HR Technology industry. Continue reading