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Security Experts Call WannaCry Ransomware Attack One of the Largest Global Cyberattacks Ever


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Security experts are calling “WannaCry” (also known as “WannaCrypt”) one of the biggest cyberattacks ever after the ransomware program took advantage of a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows to spread to 150 countries and infect at least 200,000 computers around the world by locking down all files and allowing hackers to demand a $300 ransom in bitcoins for their release, according to a report from CNN. Continue reading

Indiana to Prohibit Local Ban the Box Laws that Prevent Employers from Using Criminal History Information

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Indiana General Assembly has passed legislation – Senate Bill 312 (SB 312) – to prohibit “political subdivisions” in the state such as counties, municipalities, and townships from passing “Ban the Box” laws that prevent employers from obtaining or using the criminal history information of job applicants during the hiring process to the extent allowed by federal or state laws and regulations. SB 312 takes effect July 1, 2017. Continue reading

FTC Announces Final Agenda for Identity Theft Conference on May 24


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the final agenda for the conference “Identity Theft – Planning for the Future” taking place on May 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to examine the state of identity theft now and how the crime may evolve in the future, according to an FTC press release. Continue reading

Judge Dismisses FCRA Lawsuit Involving Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In March 2017, a federal judge in Minnesota dismissed a class action lawsuit where a woman claimed that her former employer and its related entities “willfully” violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) even though she said she did not suffer any “actual damages” but only “informational damages.” Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Releases Whitepaper Showing How Shortcuts Can Lead to Inaccurate Criminal Records

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global background check provider – has released a complimentary whitepaper written by ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen entitled “21 Shortcuts and Traps that Can Lead to Inaccurate Criminal Records” that is a summary of ways background screening firms could potentially take shortcuts that may undermine the accuracy of criminal records data.  The whitepaper is at Continue reading

Pennsylvania to Ban the Box on State Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 5, 2017, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that a Fair Chance Hiring Policy for state agencies will “Ban the Box” and remove criminal history questions from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under his jurisdiction, according to a news story on the Governor’s website. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Video Featuring Attorney Lester Rosen Shows Employers How to Avoid Bad Hires


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Business training video producer Kantola Productions has released an updated version of the DVD ‘Safe Hiring: How You Can Avoid Bad Hires’ featuring Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual.’ Continue reading

Background Check Expert Explains Why Past Employment Checks Are Critical to Hiring Process at SHRM Talent Management Conference


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Speaking at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), said “not checking the past employment of potential new hires is one of the biggest mistakes employers can make,” according to a SHRM article about the presentation. Continue reading

FTC Tells Employers to Keep FCRA Required Disclosures Simple for Background Screening Reports on Job Applicants

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a blog entitled “Background checks on prospective employees: Keep required disclosures simple” to help employers understand requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when procuring background screening reports on job applicants from third party screeners. Continue reading