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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

Workplace Safety Index Finds One Billion Dollars Spent Each Week on Injuries in U.S. Workplaces


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index produced by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety has found more than $1 billion is spent each week on serious but non-fatal injuries in workplaces in the United States. The Workplace Safety Index ranks the top ten causes of disabling work-related injuries and their direct costs. Continue reading

Starbucks Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Allegedly Inaccurate Background Check


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Starbucks Corp. is facing a class action lawsuit filed by a Colorado man who claims he was denied a job based on an allegedly inaccurate background check and is suing the coffeehouse chain for violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report from Top Class Actions. Continue reading

United States and Switzerland Finalize Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework for Data Transfer


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The International Trade Administration (ITA) has announced the final approval of the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Swiss Government to align with the European Union (EU)-U.S. Privacy Shield and replace the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework. Continue reading

District of Columbia Council Passes Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act to Ban Credit Checks by Employers


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Council for the District of Columbia (D.C.) has passed the “Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act” (Bill 21-244) to amend the Human Rights Act of 1977 and prohibit employers from taking discriminatory action against job applicants and current employees based on their credit report information. Continue reading

Court Finds Complete and Up To Date Requirement of FCRA Does Not Include Accuracy Component


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A District Court in Pennsylvania has ruled that the “complete and up to date” requirement of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) must follow when performing background checks does not include an “accuracy” component as well. Continue reading

CFPB Orders TransUnion and Equifax to Pay for Deceiving Consumers about Credit Scores

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered TransUnion and Equifax, Inc. to pay a total of more than $17.6 million in restitution to consumers, along with fines totaling $5.5 million to the CFPB, for deceiving consumers about the usefulness and actual cost of credit scores they sold to consumers, according to a news story on the CFPB website. Continue reading

NAPBS Chair Says Background Screening Demonstrates Commitment to Public Safety


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With the need to hire the most qualified candidate never greater, companies that utilize background screening when hiring are demonstrating their commitment to ensuring public safety, according to an article written by Dawn Standerwick, Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Continue reading

December Employment Situation Shows 156,000 Jobs Added to Economy

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 156,000 jobs in December of 2016 while the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 4.7 percent, according to the Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources to Present Webinar on Background Check Trends for 2017


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers prepare for changes in the background screening landscape in the new year, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen will host a live complimentary webinar entitled ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2017’ on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PT / 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET. To register for the webinar, visit Continue reading