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Thomas Ahearn is the ESR News Blog Editor. Please email comments & questions to tahearn@esrcheck.com.

Census Bureau Agrees to Pay $15 Million to Settle Lawsuit for Discrimination in Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States Census Bureau has agreed to pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit claiming that the criminal background checks performed when hiring workers for the 2010 census racially discriminated against African American and Hispanic job applicants with arrest records, according to a report from Reuters on the Census Discrimination Lawsuit website. Continue reading

Alleged Diploma Mill May Have Helped High School Football Team Cheat

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An independent investigation by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and the Bellevue School District claims a Seattle-area high school football team used ineligible players, falsified addresses, and let players who could not qualify academically to play sports take classes at an alleged “diploma mill” with their tuition paid by boosters, according to a report from Courthouse News Service. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Shows How Improper Use of Criminal Records Can Get Employers Sued

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” will present a live 90 minute webinar with Compliance World entitled “Employers – Your Use of Criminal Records Could Get You Sued” on Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST / 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM PST. For more information or to register for this event, click here. Continue reading

Major Corporations Sign White House Pledge to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Several major American corporations including Coca-Cola, Facebook, and Starbucks have joined President Barack Obama as the founding members in signing the Fair Chance Business Pledge that asks all of the U.S. private sector to Ban the Box on employment applications in order to eliminate barriers to job seekers with a criminal record, according to a White House Fact Sheet. Continue reading

Missouri to Ban the Box by Removing Criminal History Questions from State Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed Ban the Box legislation – Executive Order 16-04 – to direct state agencies to lessen unnecessary barriers to jobs by removing questions relating to criminal history from initial state employment applications, according to a report on the Governor’s website. Continue reading

Article 29 Working Party Has Strong Concerns with EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

European Union (EU) data protection watchdog group Article 29 Working Party has released a statement about the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield that “welcomes the significant improvements brought by the Privacy Shield compared to the Safe Harbor decision” but also expresses “strong concerns on both the commercial aspects and the access by public authorities to data transferred under the Privacy Shield.” Continue reading

USCIS Launches New E-Verify Usage Statistics Webpage

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a new E-Verify Usage Statistics webpage with easy-to-use interactive tools that allows the public to view the total number of E-Verify Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) by state and the top 20 industries in the U.S. that use the Internet-based E-Verify employment eligibility verification system. Continue reading

NAPBS Executive Director Melissa Sorenson Explains How Removing Birthdate from Court Records May Have Unintended Consequences

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With many courts considering the removal of identifiers such as date of birth (DOB) from public records to protect citizens from identity theft, Melissa Sorenson, Executive Director of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), has written a guest column for The Gazette entitled ‘Removing birthdate from Iowa court records could have unintended consequences’ that explains how doing this may negatively impact people seeking employment or housing. Continue reading

Uber to Pay $10 Million to Settle Lawsuits with SF and LA Over Driver Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Ride-sharing application provider Uber has agreed pay at least $10 million to settle lawsuits filed by district attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles that claim the company misled passengers about the quality of driver background checks, a figure that could rise to $25 million if Uber does not fully comply with terms of the settlements, according to a report from KGO-TV ABC 7 News in San Francisco, CA. Continue reading

Sony Data Breach Lawsuit Settlement Gets Final Approval

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal judge in Los Angeles has given final approval to a multimillion-dollar settlement that finally ends a class action lawsuit against Sony Pictures stemming from a massive data breach suffered by the studio in November 2014 that exposed the personal data of thousands of employees online, Deadline Hollywood reports. Continue reading