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Positive Drug Tests in U.S. Workforce Rise to Highest Level in a Decade


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The percentage of employees in the U.S. workforce receiving positive results in workplace drug tests has steadily increased over the last three years to reach the highest level in 10 years, according to an analysis of nearly 11 million workforce drug tests released by Quest Diagnostics. Continue reading

SUNY to Ban the Box for Criminal Convictions on Student Applications


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The State University of New York (SUNY) – a system of public institutions of higher education in New York state – has voted to pass a Ban the Box resolution to adopt a policy that will eliminate questions about criminal records on applications filled out by students wishing to attend any of the SUNY schools in New York, according to a memorandum to Members of the SUNY Board of Trustees. The effective date of the SUNY Ban the Box policy will be July 1, 2017. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Director of Gaming Solutions Marcy Montellano to Speak at National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators Conference


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Marcy Montellano, Director of Gaming Solutions for global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a workshop entitled “Social Media and Background Screening: Is it Right for Your Commission?” at the National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators (NTGCR) Fall 2016 Conference taking place at the Seneca Niagara Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, New York, from Tuesday, September 20, 2016, to Thursday, September 22, 2016. A brochure for the NTGCR Fall 2016 Conference describes Montellano’s presentation in the following way: Continue reading

Dish Network to Pay $1.75 Million to Settle FCRA Class Action Lawsuit


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Satellite television company Dish Network has agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle a class action lawsuit over alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for not providing proper consent and disclosure forms needed to conduct background checks for employment purposes, according to a report on the website. Continue reading

FTC Requests Public Comment on Disposal Rule for Consumer Report Information and Records


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comment on the Disposal Rule formally known as the ‘Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records Rule’ which implements part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACTA) by requiring consumer report information for business purposes to be properly disposed of through reasonable measures to protect that data from unauthorized access, according to an FTC press release. Continue reading

Wells Fargo Fined $185 Million for Secretly Opening Unauthorized Accounts


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has fined Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. $100 million – the largest penalty the CFPB ever imposed – as part of a total fine of $185 million “for the widespread illegal practice of secretly opening unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts,” according to a CFPB press release. Continue reading

NAPBS Elects Dawn Standerwick of Employment Screening Resources Chair of Board of Directors


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Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global background check firm – is pleased to announce that Dawn Standerwick, ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth, has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) for the 2016-17 term. Continue reading

OMB Approves Revisions to New Form I-9

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the latest revisions to the current version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification which expired on March 31, 2016 to clear the way for a new Form I-9 to be released to the public, according to an OMB Notice of Action dated August 25, 2016. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webcast about Social Media and Hiring on October 19


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webcast entitled If It’s on the Internet, Isn’t it Fair Game? Social Media and Hiring underwritten by video interview provider Montage for the Human Capital Institute (HCI) on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT. To register for the webcast, please visit Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Host Webinar on EEOC Criminal Record Guidance


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – approved an updated ‘Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ that has since impacted how employers in America hire. Continue reading