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

Proposed Legislation Would Allow Summer Camps and Youth Organizations to Access FBI Sex Offender Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) has launched a campaign to pass his bipartisan legislation – Child Protection Improvements and Electronic Life and Safety Security Systems Act of 2015 – that would change the federal law preventing summer camps and other not-for-profit youth organizations from access to Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) sex offender background checks on employees and volunteers, according to a press release on Senator Schumer’s website. Continue reading

Louisiana Ban the Box Law Takes Effect August 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed House Bill 266 (HB266) into law to “Ban the Box” on some state job applications by removing the question asking applicants about their criminal history to help give them a fair chance at employment. This new Ban the Box law will take effect August 1, 2016. Continue reading

EEOC Increases Fines 150 Percent for Employers Violating Notice Posting Requirements

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced in a final rule published in the Federal Register a 150 percent increase to the monetary fine for employers who fail to follow notice-posting requirements for Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA). Accordingly, the EEOC is adjusting the maximum penalty per violation from $210 to $525. This final rule is effective July 5, 2016. Continue reading

Connecticut Governor Signs Ban the Box Bill Into Law

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On June 1, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a Ban the Box bill into law that will prohibit most employers in the state with one or more employees from requiring job seekers to disclose any criminal history such as prior arrests, criminal charges, or convictions on initial job applications. The Ban the Box law in Connecticut – part of a growing trend sweeping the nation – shall take effect on January 1, 2017. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Achieves Background Screening Credentialing Council Re-Accreditation

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MORRISVILLE, N.C., June 6, 2016 – The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) announced today that Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has successfully demonstrated continued compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and is recognized as BSCC-Accredited. Continue reading

May Jobs Report Disappoints with Only 38,000 Jobs Added

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added a disappointing 38,000 jobs in May while the unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 4.7 percent and the number of unemployed persons declined by 484,000 to 7.4 million during the month, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2016’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

Louisiana Passes Ban the Box Legislation for State Employees

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Louisiana State Legislature has passed “Ban the Box” legislation – House Bill No. 266 (HB 266) – that will prohibit state employers from inquiring about the criminal history of a prospective employee on an initial application form until after the prospective employee is given an opportunity to interview for the position or until after the prospective employee is given a conditional offer of employment. Continue reading

White House Report on Big Data Reveals Opportunities and Challenges with Employment Discrimination

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In May 2016, the White House released ‘Big Data: A Report on Algorithmic Systems, Opportunity, and Civil Rights’ that revealed “Big Data” – defined as information so high in volume, velocity, and variety that it requires new forms of processing for decision making – can uncover or even reduce employment discrimination but also risk enabling and automating potentially discriminatory hiring practices. Continue reading

ACFE Global Fraud Conference Features Session by Background Check Expert on Reducing Insider Threats

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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 the session “Background Checks and Reducing the Insider Threat: Strategies Before and After Hiring” at the 27th Annual Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Global Fraud Conference held from June 12-17, 2016 at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. To register for the ACFE conference, click here. Continue reading

Federal and State Courts Closed on Memorial Day

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Federal and state courts in the United States will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016, in observance of Memorial Day, the federal holiday in the U.S. created for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces which is observed every year on the last Monday of May. For a schedule of federal court holidays for 2016, click here. Continue reading