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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

ESR VP Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick to Attend NAPBS 2017 Mid-Year Legislative & Regulatory Conference in Washington D.C.


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Vice President of Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick, who was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) for the 2016-17 term, will attend the NAPBS 2017 Mid-Year Legislative & Regulatory Conference taking place in Washington, D.C. from Sunday, March 19, 2017, to Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Continue reading

Winter Storm Stella Closes Courts in Northeast Due to Blizzard Warnings


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Winter Storm Stella, which The Weather Channel reports is “hammering the Northeast with heavy snow, intensifying winds, even some accumulating ice,” and led to blizzard warnings in parts of nine states from Pennsylvania to Maine, has also caused many court closures in the areas affected by the massive storm. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Attend SHRM 2017 Talent Management Conference and Exposition


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Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a strategic choice for employers concerned about accuracy and compliance in their screening programs, will attend the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Illinois, from April 24 to 26, 2017. For more information, visit Continue reading

Report Suggests Ways to Improve Ban the Box Policies to Help Prevent Racial Discrimination

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A research report released by the nonprofit Urban Institute in February 2017 – ‘Ban the Box and Racial Discrimination: A Review of the Evidence and Policy Recommendations’ – suggests “Ban the Box” policies that remove questions on job applications requiring applicants to disclose their criminal history may be improved with policy additions to support equal employment opportunity laws that help prevent racial discrimination. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present Two Day Seminar on Background Checks for Newly Hired Employees


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a two day in-person seminar for Compliance Online entitled “Ready, Aim, Hire!! Employee Screening and Background Checks for Newly Hired Employees” on March 30 and 31, 2017, in San Jose, California. For more information about this event, visit Continue reading

SHRM Will Discuss National Study of Employers on Facebook Live March 8


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will release a survey examining workplace policies and practices called the “National Study of Employers” on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, and one of the study’s authors will talk about key findings of the research and answer questions about the survey during a Facebook Live session on that same day, according to a press release on the SHRM website. Continue reading