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

Two Major National Retailers Fined for Ban the Box Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced settlements totaling $195,000 with two major national retailers – Big Lots Stores and Marshalls – over violations of a Ban the Box law that prohibits employers from enquiring about the criminal history of job applicants on initial employment applications at their Buffalo stores, according to a press release on the Attorney General’s website. Continue reading

SHRM Survey Finds Employers Use Social Media to Both Hire and Disqualify Job Candidates

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Job seekers who believe the information they post on public social media websites like Facebook and Twitter does not affect their search for employment – for better or worse – should think again. A new survey shows employers are using the Internet and social media more than ever to recruit and screen potential employees, and some are even disqualifying applicants based on their social media content. Continue reading

Wells Fargo Settles Background Check Lawsuit for $12 Million

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to a settlement of $12 million to resolve a class action lawsuit that claimed the financial institution allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) after denying employment to a job applicant based on the results of a background check report. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Co-Host Webinar Series with Paycor on Recruiting and Hiring

Recruiting and Hiring 

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading global provider of on demand background check services, will co-host a three part webinar series on recruiting and hiring with leading HR and payroll software provider Paycor. The first webinar in the series – “Recruiting and Hiring Series Part 1: The Background Screening Landscape has Changed! Is your Company Compliant?” – is scheduled for Thursday, January 28th, 2016, at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT. To register for the webinar, click here. Continue reading

ESR CEO Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Webinar on Negligent Hiring and Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Since negligent hiring is one of the fastest growing areas of employment litigation, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar for Compliance.world.com entitled ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks – Best Practices and Legal Compliance’ on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST (10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST). Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Business for Alleged FCRA Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Missouri man has filed a class action lawsuit against a business that he claims refused to hire him based on the results of a background check report performed on him by a consumer reporting agency (CRA) and in doing so allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that regulates the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer information, according to a report on LegalNewsline.com. Continue reading

EEOC Litigation Report from Seyfarth Shaw Reveals Legal Developments and Trends

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP has released its annual report on U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) legal activities and court rulings entitled EEOC-Initiated Litigation: Case Law Developments In 2015 And Trends To Watch For In 2016 (Preview) that offers the most definitive source of analysis focusing exclusively on EEOC-related litigation. To download the complete report, click here. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Reveal Top Background Check Trends for 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a webinar for Clear Law Institute titled ‘Top 10 Background Check Trends for 2016’ on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET / 12:00 Noon PM to 1:15 PM PT. To register for the webinar, click here. Continue reading

ESR CEO Lester Rosen to Present Webinar on Social Media Screening Risks

 SocialMedia

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Using social media to learn about potential employees can be an effective tool but comes with legal risks. To help employers understand this, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen will present a Lorman Education Services live webinar – ‘Screening Applicants Using Social Networking Sites: Legal or Liability?’ – on January 18, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST. Continue reading