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November Jobs Report Shows Decrease in Unemployment and Labor Force Participation Rates

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The unemployment rate in the United States decreased by 0.3 percentage points to 4.6 percent while the economy added 178,000 jobs in November of 2016, according to the Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

HR Technology and Integrations Improving Background Screening Process for Human Resources


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New HR technology is making background screening for employment purposes “faster, smarter, and easier” while integrations with HR systems have “changed the game” for Human Resources, according to an article on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website. Continue reading

FTC Issues New Guidance for Tenant Background Screening


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued new guidance for landlords who use background checks to screen tenants and for tenant background screening companies to help them comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) which the FTC helps enforce. Continue reading

Uber and Lyft Drivers in Massachusetts to Undergo Most Comprehensive State Background Checks in Nation


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The two largest Transportation Network Companies (TNC) in Massachusetts – Uber and Lyft – have entered into voluntary agreements to ensure the immediate implementation of the most stringent background checks for TNC drivers of any state in the nation, according to a press release from the office of Governor Charlie Baker. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Co-Sponsor Webinar on Managing the New Form I-9


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background check provider, will co-sponsor a complimentary webinar entitled “Managing the New Form I-9: Compliance Updates” with EMP Trust HR, Berkshire Associates Inc., and PDS on Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Noon Pacific Time. To register for the Form I-9 webinar, click here. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Speak at San Francisco Employer Advisory Council Event


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of Bay Area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak at a San Francisco Employer Advisory Council (SF EAC) event entitled “Background Checks, Negligent Hiring and Legal Compliance in California” on Thursday, December 1, 2016, in San Francisco, California. To register for this event, please visit Continue reading

BBB Offers Tips to Avoid Identity Theft while Holiday Shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With the arrival of the holiday season, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering a 2016 BBB Holiday Helper so consumers may avoid identity theft during Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving known as the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, and Cyber Monday, the following Monday that is one of the busiest days for online shopping. Continue reading

USCIS Publishes Final Rule for Certain Employment-Based Visa Programs


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has published a final rule to modernize and improve certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs while also amending regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain foreign workers. The rule takes effect on January 17, 2017. Continue reading

HOPE for Prisoners Program Shows Benefits of Hiring Ex-Offenders


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A member of a registered nonprofit organization called HOPE for Prisoners that helps ex-offenders “transition out of prison to reenter society successfully” says that workers with past criminal records “work harder than other employees” and “truly value their jobs,” according to the article “Should You Hire An Ex-Con?” that is available on the website. Continue reading

Study Finds Workers with Criminal Records No Worse than Non-Offenders


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Researchers at Northwestern University have released a study entitled ‘Criminal Background and Job Performance’ that found employees with criminal records “have an involuntary separation rate that is no higher than that of other employees and a voluntary separation rate that is much lower.” Continue reading