Analysis of Workforce Drug Testing Results Finds Positivity Rate at Highest Level in a Decade

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Drug use by the U.S. workforce remained at its highest level in more than a decade as the positivity rate for drug tests was 4.2 percent in 2017, the same as in 2016 and the highest since 2004, according to analysis of more than 10 million drug …

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Kansas Governor Issues Executive Order to Ban the Box on State Employment Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 2, 2018, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer issued Executive Order 18-12 to “Ban the Box” on state employment practices and instruct Executive Branch departments, agencies, boards, and commissions to ensure that job applicants are not asked about their criminal record during the initial stage of a …

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Caesars Entertainment Will Stop Drug Testing Job Applicants for Marijuana Use

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Caesars Entertainment Corp. will stop drug testing job applicants for marijuana use as a condition of employment since the state of Nevada has legalized the recreational use of marijuana and screening for that drug would be “counterproductive,” according to a story from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Background Screening Expert Explains the Latest Background Check Trends and Impact on Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Every year, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a global background check firm – releases the highly anticipated “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” that will directly affect organizations who conduct background screening and ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick lists some of them in the article …

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Frito-Lay Agrees to Pay $2.4 Million to Settle Class Action Lawsuit Claiming Improper Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 12, 2018, Frito-Lay Inc. – a subsidiary of PepsiCo – agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed the snack food manufacturer violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) , the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA), and the …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Wins 2018 TekTonic Award for Disruptive Background Screening Technology

  Written By Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading, global background check provider – has won the 2018 TekTonic Award from HRO Today Magazine for the firm’s ESR Assured Compliance® system.  The TekTonic Awards recognize innovation and disruption in the world of HR and recruiting technology.  ESR’s Assured Compliance® technology …

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U.S. Economy Adds 164,000 Jobs and Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.9 Percent in April 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 164,000 jobs in April 2018 while the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9 percent during the month, according to the Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The jobs report for April 2018 revealed that the number of unemployed …

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California Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Determining if Workers are Employees or Independent Contractors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court to clarify the standard for determining if workers in the state should be classified as employees or as independent contractors for wage orders adopted by California’s …

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Northampton County in Pennsylvania Joins Ban the Box Movement and Removes Criminal History Question on Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure has signed an Executive Order to “Ban the Box” and remove any questions about criminal convictions or arrests that did not lead to guilty verdicts from County job applications, according to a press release from the Office of the County Executive.

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CNN Investigation Finds More than 100 Uber Drivers Accused of Sexual Assault or Abuse in Past Four Years

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn At least 103 drivers working for transportation network company (TNC) Uber in the United States “have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the past four years” and as many as “31 drivers have been convicted for crimes ranging from forcible touching and false imprisonment …

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