CFPB Orders Bank to Pay $4.6 Million Penalty for Violating FCRA Requirements for Checking Account Screening Reports

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 2, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. to pay a $4.6 million penalty for failing to comply with obligations outlined in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) related to the accuracy of information about consumer checking account behavior provided …

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July Jobs Report Shows U.S. Economy Gained 209,000 Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 209,000 jobs in July 2017 while the unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent, according to the Employment Situation Report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Survey Finds 96 Percent of Employers Conduct Background Screening

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A nationwide survey sponsored by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has found that nearly all of the employers surveyed – 96 percent – stated that their organizations conducted one or more types of employment background screening.

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Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on Top 10 Background Check Trends

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar sponsored by Clear Law Institute entitled ‘Top 10 Background Check Trends for 2017’ on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET.

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Three More States Join E-Verify RIDE Program Beginning July 31

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Arizona, Maryland, and Wyoming became the latest states to join the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) program beginning on July 31, 2017. These three states join Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin in the RIDE program.

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TSA Announces New Screening Procedures for Electronic Devices at U.S. Airports

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced plans to start new domestic screening procedures in the next few weeks for carry-on luggage at airports nationwide where “passengers traveling through every U.S. airport will be required to put all electronic devices larger than a cellphone in a separate bin …

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Fair Chance Act Rules from New York City Commission on Human Rights Take Effect August 5

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) – which enforces New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) – has amended rules to establish definitions and procedures applying to the Fair Chance Act (FCA) that took effect in October of 2015 to amend the NYCHRL provisions regarding unlawful discrimination on the …

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University of California Adopts Ban the Box Policy for Hiring Job Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The University of California (UC) has adopted a Ban the Box policy where job applicants will no longer be asked to check a box on initial employment applications to indicate whether they have been convicted of a crime in order to remove barriers to opportunity and avoid discouraging …

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Statistics Show Data Breaches Increasing at Record Pace in United States

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Statistics released by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout reveal the number of data breaches in the U.S. tracked through June 30, 2017 hit a half-year record high of 791, according to an ITRC press release. At this pace, ITRC anticipates the number of data breaches …

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Massachusetts Court Rules Employers Cannot Fire Employees Using Medical Marijuana for Positive Drug Tests

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that employers cannot fire employees with prescriptions for medical marijuana – the use of which voters in the state approved in 2012 – simply for flunking drug tests and even though marijuana is still illegal to use under …

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