San Francisco Amends Ban the Box Law Called Fair Chance Ordinance

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 3, 2018, the City and County of San Francisco amended its Ban the Box law called the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) that restricts the ability of employers to inquire about the criminal records of applicants and employees in employment decisions to align the FCO with …

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Jobs Reports Shows U.S. Economy Added 103,000 Jobs in March 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 103,000 jobs in March 2018 while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent for the sixth consecutive month, according to the Employment Situation jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The jobs report for March 2018 revealed the …

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CFPB Called Far Too Powerful with Little Oversight of Activities in Report

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In April 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the United States government agency responsible for consumer protection in the financial sector – presented the CFPB’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress for the period beginning on April 1, 2017, and ending on September 30, 2017.

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FCRA Consumer Litigation Filings Continue to Increase in February 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In February 2018, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) cases led consumer litigation filings with 422 plaintiffs – nearly 60 percent higher than in February 2017 – while Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) cases declined, according to WebRecon LLC.

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President Trump Proclaims April 2018 as Second Chance Month

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 30, 2018, United States President Donald J. Trump proclaimed April 2018 as Second Chance Month “to prevent crime on our streets, to respect the rule of law by prosecuting individuals who break the law, and to provide opportunities for people with criminal records to earn …

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Government Spending Bill Includes Fix NICS Act to Strengthen National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In March 2018, United States President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that includes the “Fix NICS Act” which will strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to ensure convicted felons and domestic abusers cannot illegally …

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Background Check Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Webinar about Criminal Records on April 11

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn To help employers understand the guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar entitled “Legally Obtaining and Using Criminal Records, and the Impact of the EEOC and …

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National Credit Reporting Agencies to Remove All Tax Liens from Consumer Credit Reports in April 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In March 2017, ESR News reported that national credit reporting agencies (NCRAs) Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion had announced the implementation of enhanced standards for the collection and timely updating of public record data included in consumer credit reports as part of the National Consumer Assistance Plan (NCAP) …

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FTC Opens Investigation into Privacy Practices of Facebook after Alleged Data Breach Involving 50 Million Users

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the primary federal privacy and data security enforcement agency – confirmed it has opened an investigation into the privacy practices of Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform with 2.2 billion monthly active users, after a data …

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San Francisco District Attorney Files Complaint Over Allegedly False Advertising about Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The San Francisco District Attorney has filed a civil complaint against HomeAdvisor, Inc. and its parent company ANGI Homeservices, Inc., for allegedly broadcasting radio and television ads with false and misleading information about the background checks that HomeAdvisor performs on service providers sent to the homes of …

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