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

Burger Chain Faces FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Over Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A potential class action lawsuit brought by a former employee against Five Guys claims the popular burger chain violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and California labor law by conducting background checks on employees without properly notifying them, according to a report from BigClassAction.com. Continue reading

Harvard Rescinds Admission Offers for Several Students Over Offensive Social Media Postings

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Harvard University has rescinded admission offers for at least ten students who would have been part of the Class of 2021 for their “offensive” social media postings after they “traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat,” according to a report from The Harvard Crimson. Continue reading

Measuring Past Performance When Hiring Can Create Accurate Outlook for Potential Future Success

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

While some businesses believe an applicant’s potential for future success is more important than their past experience when hiring, a background check expert explains that “measures of past performance can create an accurate outlook for future performance,” according to the article entitled “What’s More Important When Hiring: Future Potential or Past Performance?” posted on the Talent Economy website. Continue reading

OSHA Designates Inaugural Safe and Sound Week to Raise Awareness of Workplace Safety and Health Programs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has designated June 12 to 18, 2017, as the inaugural “Safe + Sound Week” to raise awareness of the value and importance of workplace safety and health programs. More information about Safe + Sound Week is at www.osha.gov/safeandsoundweek/. Continue reading

May Jobs Report Shows 138,000 Jobs Added and Unemployment at Lowest Level Since 2001

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 138,000 jobs in May 2017 while the unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent – its lowest level since 2001 – according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation report. Continue reading

Consumer Files Lawsuit Claiming Credit Reporting Agencies Failed to Remove Dispute Language from Credit Report

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 23, 2017, a consumer filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana against two of the three major credit reporting agencies claiming “she was damaged because her credit report was not updated per her request,” according to a report from the Louisiana Record. Continue reading

Target Settles Credit Card Data Breach Case for $18.5 Million

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced a record $18.5 million multi-state settlement with Target, Inc. in response to allegations that more than 40 million customers had their payment card information compromised from a data breach during the 2013 holiday season after the retailer failed to provide reasonable data security, according to a press release on the Attorney General’s website. Continue reading

Background Screening Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Speak at SHRM 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition

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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 session entitled “A Strategic Approach to a Legally Compliant and Effective Background Screening Program” during the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition on Monday, June 19, 2017, from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM, in New Orleans, Louisiana. More information about the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition is at http://annual.shrm.org/. Continue reading

Mandatory Nationwide Use of E-Verify Included in White House Budget for DHS

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The White House Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget that requests $44.1 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also calls for “expanding worksite enforcement strategies by mandating nationwide use of the E-Verify system” to reduce illegal employment, according to the DHS FY 2018 Budget in Brief. Continue reading

White House Budget for FY 2018 Includes Proposal to Merge OFCCP into EEOC

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 23, 2017, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its proposed BUDGET OF THE U. S. GOVERNMENT: A New Foundation For American Greatness for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 that included in the Appendix of the proposed Department of Labor (DOL) budget a proposal to merge the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) into the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to create “one agency to combat employment discrimination.” Continue reading