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Santa Clara County Court Officials Detail Possible Impact of Strike by Hundreds of Clerks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A statement released by Santa Clara County (California) Court Officials details how the courts might be impacted by a planned strike by hundreds of court clerks on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, according to a document available on The San Jose Mercury News website. Continue reading

Security Added to Rio Olympic Games Days before Opening Ceremonies


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The total number of security officers deployed for the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5, 2016, to August 21, 2016, has increased significantly just days before the opening ceremonies, according to a report from CNN. Continue reading

Ohio Paying Nearly $11 Million to Replace Criminal Background Check System


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has awarded a $10.8 million contract using money allocated by lawmakers in the state capital budget to replace the state’s “broken” criminal background check system, according to a report from The Columbus Dispatch. Continue reading

FCRA Lawsuits Increased by Nearly 35 Percent in June 2016


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Lawsuits involving the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) increased by nearly 35 percent in June 2016 over May 2016, according to the latest Debt Collection Litigation and Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) Complaint Statistics Report from WebRecon LLC. Continue reading

New EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework for Data Protection Launches August 1


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and European Commission to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic that transfer personal data from the European Union (EU) to the United States (U.S.) with a mechanism to comply with EU data protection requirements in support of transatlantic commerce will officially launch on August 1, 2016. The official EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework website is now available online at Continue reading

Michigan Courthouse Shooter with Criminal Record Passed Background Checks as School Volunteer


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In a story that shows “how” background checks are performed is just as important as “if” they are performed, an inmate who shot and killed two bailiffs and wounded two others during an escape attempt at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan on July 11, 2016, was also a volunteer at a nearby elementary school where he passed two background checks that did not uncover his long criminal record, the WZZM Channel 13 Watchdog Team reports. Continue reading

Tompkins County NY Votes to Ban the Box on Job Applications


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In July of 2016, legislators in Tompkins County, New York unanimously voted to Ban the Box and remove the criminal conviction question from job applications and leave such inquiries for later in the hiring process after a conditional job offer is made by employers, according to a story in the Ithaca Journal. Continue reading

FBI Sued Over Background Check Error Related to Charleston Church Shooting


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The families of nine victims killed in the June 2015 shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, are suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over a background check error that supposedly allowed the alleged shooter to purchase his gun, according to a story in The Washington Post. Continue reading

FBI Fingerprinting Background Checks of Uber Drivers Central Theme of Regulatory Battle


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The use of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) database and state criminal history repositories that require fingerprinting “are now a central theme of the regulatory battle” for regulation of drivers for the on-demand ride-hailing service provider Uber, according to a blog on The Huffington Post website. Continue reading

OSHA Electronic Accident Reporting Rule Could Affect Post-Injury Drug Testing by Employers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Final Rule in the Federal Register requiring certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data to OSHA that they must keep under existing OSHA regulations. The rule also states that “OSHA believes the evidence in the rulemaking record shows that blanket post-injury drug testing policies deter proper reporting.” Continue reading