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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

Los Angeles Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect January 22


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On December 9, 2016, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law a Ban the Box ordinance called the Fair Chance Initiative that requires employers to remove questions about criminal history from job applications and restricts them from asking job applicants about criminal convictions until after a conditional offer of employment. The law takes effect January 22, 2017. Continue reading

Sonoma County CA Court Workers Go on Strike


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Sonoma County (CA) Superior Court workers have gone on strike after claiming contract negotiations broke down over pay and working conditions, as approximately 100 members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local No. 1021 carried picket signs and chanted slogans in front of the Hall of Justice in Santa Rosa, California, according to a report from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Continue reading

Third Edition of Safe Hiring Manual by Attorney Lester Rosen to Be Published in January 2017


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), has updated and expanded a new Third Edition of his comprehensive book on background checks – “The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers”  (Facts On Demand Press/840 pages) – that will be published in late January 2017. For more information and to order the book, please visit Continue reading