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January 2017 Jobs Report Shows U.S. Economy Added 227,000 Jobs in Month

BLS Jobs Report

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 227,000 jobs in January 2017 while the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.8 percent, according to the Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Continue reading

Study Finds Identity Theft Reached Record High 15.4 Million Victims in 2016


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The 2017 Identity Fraud Study released by Javelin Strategy & Research has revealed that the number of identity theft victims increased 16% to reach 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2016 – the highest number since Javelin began tracking fraud in 2003 – and that the amount of money taken rose by nearly one billion dollars to $16 billion. Continue reading

Philadelphia Wage Equity Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary History


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed Bill No. 160840, a Wage Equity Law that prohibits employers from inquiring about the salary history of job applicants. A copy of the law – which is slated to take effect May 23, 2017 – is at Continue reading

FTC Hosts Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week from January 30 to February 3


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week from January 30, 2017, to February 3, 2017, with a series of events using webinars and social media to alert consumers and businesses to ways they can minimize their risk of tax identity theft, according to a press release from the FTC. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to be Guest on Internet Talk Radio Show PIs Declassified


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of the background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and a Private Investigator, will be a guest on the Internet talk radio show hosted by Certified Professional Investigator (CPI) Francie Koehler called PI’s Declassified! on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pacific Time. To learn more about the show, visit (Listen to the show). Continue reading

Legislation Would Make E-Verify Mandatory for All Employers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has reintroduced legislation – the “Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act” – that would permanently authorize and require employers to use the E-Verify program, an Internet-based system that helps employers determine the eligibility of employees to work in the United States, according to a news release on Senator Grassley’s website. Continue reading

HR Professionals Must Adapt to Emerging Background Check Trends when Hiring


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Human resource (HR) professionals conducting employment screening when hiring must adapt to several emerging background check trends including “Ban the Box” laws and the “gig” workforce in 2017, according to an article on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website. Continue reading

EEOC Releases Enforcement and Litigation Data for Fiscal Year 2016


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released detailed breakdowns of the Enforcement and Litigation Statistics for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2016, which was the second year in a row that the number of charges filed with EEOC increased. The EEOC Enforcement and Litigation Statistics are available at Continue reading

Appeals Court Rules Employer Willfully Violated FCRA with Liability Waiver on Background Check Disclosure Document


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On January 20, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that employers can “willfully” violate the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) if they provide job applicants with a disclosure that a background check may be obtained for employment purposes that also includes a liability waiver for employers and others. Continue reading

Employers Must Use New Revised Form I-9 Starting January 22


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On November 14, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the publishing of a revised version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification that employers must start using by January 22, 2017. The new Form I-9 dated 11/14/2016 N is available on the USCIS website at Continue reading