State Department Publishes Notice in Federal Register Proposing to Expand Social Media Screening of Visa Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of State published a notice in the Federal Register requesting emergency approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to expand the collection of information though social media screening of some visa applicants by requiring them to divulge their social media “handles” …

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Security Experts Call WannaCry Ransomware Attack One of the Largest Global Cyberattacks Ever

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Security experts are calling “WannaCry” (also known as “WannaCrypt”) one of the biggest cyberattacks ever after the ransomware program took advantage of a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows to spread to 150 countries and infect at least 200,000 computers around the world by locking down all files and allowing …

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Indiana to Prohibit Local Ban the Box Laws that Prevent Employers from Using Criminal History Information

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Indiana General Assembly has passed legislation – Senate Bill 312 (SB 312) – to prohibit “political subdivisions” in the state such as counties, municipalities, and townships from passing “Ban the Box” laws that prevent employers from obtaining or using the criminal history information of job applicants during the hiring process …

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FTC Announces Final Agenda for Identity Theft Conference on May 24

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the final agenda for the conference “Identity Theft – Planning for the Future” taking place on May 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to examine the state of identity theft now and how the crime may evolve in the future, according to …

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Judge Dismisses FCRA Lawsuit Involving Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In March 2017, a federal judge in Minnesota dismissed a class action lawsuit where a woman claimed that her former employer and its related entities “willfully” violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) even though she said she did not suffer any “actual damages” but only “informational damages.”

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Employment Screening Resources Releases Whitepaper Showing How Shortcuts Can Lead to Inaccurate Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global background check provider – has released a complimentary whitepaper written by ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen entitled “21 Shortcuts and Traps that Can Lead to Inaccurate Criminal Records” that is a summary of ways background screening firms could potentially …

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Pennsylvania to Ban the Box on State Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 5, 2017, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that a Fair Chance Hiring Policy for state agencies will “Ban the Box” and remove criminal history questions from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under his jurisdiction, according to a news story on the Governor’s website.

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April Jobs Report Shows U.S. Economy Added 211,000 Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 211,000 jobs in April 2017 while the unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.4 percent, according to The Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Safe Hiring Video Featuring Attorney Lester Rosen Shows Employers How to Avoid Bad Hires

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Business training video producer Kantola Productions has released an updated version of the DVD ‘Safe Hiring: How You Can Avoid Bad Hires’ featuring Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual.’

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Background Check Expert Explains Why Past Employment Checks Are Critical to Hiring Process at SHRM Talent Management Conference

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Speaking at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), said “not checking the past employment of potential new hires is one of the biggest mistakes employers can make,” according to a …

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